He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail.
Rory has a secret: she's the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he'd probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory's sure she's busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won't turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.
As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
When she was 17, LAURIE BOYLE CROMPTON painted her first car hot pink using 40 cans of spray paint. This turned her into an overnight icon in Butler, PA. She now lives near NYC in Queens, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found tromping through the forest. Visit www.lboylecrompton.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Love and Vandalism” was not what I expected from the synopsis. This isn’t really a book about crime and punishment or about blackmail. It’s really a book about redemption and personal growth. Rory is a vandal in her spare time, painting beautiful lions around town with spray paint. She hides this from her father, who is not only very anti-art but also a policeman. She and her father have been very distant for the last year or so, and Rory’s choices have not always been the best. This new boy, Hayes, suddenly starts showing up everywhere and catches her painting one of her lions. They are undeniably attracted to each other, but both seem reluctant to give in to their feelings (a theme throughout the book). Things are not as simple as they seem, and as we read more and more, we learn a lot more about Rory and her family’s history plus about Hayes and his history that make each character much deeper and the story much more difficult (emotionally) to read. The book really grew on me- although I was a little worried from the get-go (when Rory goes to some random guy’s house to hook up and smoke pot) about how I would be able to connect with this character, I found that the story and personality became more clear as we learn more and more about her. This was an emotionally difficult book to read- it confronts/presents suicide, drunk driving, alcoholism, rape, and drugs. Neither the questions nor the answers in this book are simple. This book is really only appropriate for older audiences. That being said, it is really well written- we witness a lot of character growth and rebound/recovery. As Rory and Hayes pick up the pieces of their own lives, we view a lot of healing and progress- not always pretty, but it’s there the same. The way that this growth/emotion is reflected in Rory’s art is really beautiful. I feel like overall the really huge issues that this book tackles were handled well- the mistakes the characters make are acknowledged as such and become a platform for learning/nothing is glorified or treated with too much levity. It’s a heavy read- but definitely worth it. Overall, this is a really poignant tale of healing and recovery. Although it’s not a light-hearted/summery read, it is difficult to put down and highly memorable- a book that is worth a read and maybe even a re-read. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.