Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren't particularly closeat least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.
But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for supportand looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship isand if it can survive their very different plans for the future.
|Publisher:||Blaze Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Hannah Bucchin has spent her life falling in love with beautiful places, both real and fictional. She grew up in charming Bethlehem, PA, went to college in sunny Chapel Hill, NC, spent a summer studying wildlife in Tanzania, volunteered on organic farms across New Zealand, and hiked all over Acadia National Park in Maine. When not writing, reading, or adventuring, she likes to daydream about the dog she'll adopt someday, listen to music from the sixties, and exchange ridiculous texts with her parents and siblings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Josie and Mitchell are living at the Indian Paintbrush Community for Sustainable Living, a commune in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Josie and Mitchell used to be best friends and they do still spend time together at Paintbrush, but at school they never interact. Josie loves everything about Paintbrush. She likes being outside, she loves working in the communal gardens and she enjoys spending time with everyone in the community. Mitchell can't wait to leave Paintbrush behind, he wants to go to a good university and is always working on his grades. When Mitchell's world falls apart he needs someone to lean on and surprisingly that person is Josie. He begins to see her in a completely different light. However, Mitchell wants to get away from Paintbrush straight after graduation and Josie isn't planning on going anywhere, will they ever have a chance to find out if they can be more than just friends? Paintbrush is an original romantic story. Josie is a wonderful person. She's kindhearted and caring and she's perfectly at ease with herself, which is something I greatly admired about her character. Mitchell is going through a lot and his emotions are all over the place. He thought he had everything figured out, but life at home messes things up for him completely. I could feel his pain and hoped he'd eventually find peace with his new situation. Mitchell and Josie are both dealing with family problems, which makes them become even closer. I liked that even though their connection started because of limited availability it develops into something much more. They have a gorgeous precious bond that I loved reading about. Paintbrush is a unique setting and Hannah Bucchin makes it come to life incredibly well. I loved the community spirit. Everyone is looking out for each other and people are generally friendly. When there are problems they solve them in a peaceful way. I could easily imagine that being part of a large community would be overwhelming for Mitchell, but could also see the other side, the safety that can be found in being cared for by many others, which is part of what Josie finds so appealing about it. Hannah Bucchin uses their feelings and opinions to paint a complete picture of the setting that plays such a vital part in her story and she does this incredibly well. I really loved Paintbrush and highly recommend this special book.
A quirky, sweet and moving tale of two high school kids, their unconventional lives, and their relationships along the way. I fell in love with Jodie and Mitchell, their personalities, friendship and overall relationship. Their relatives and their family at Paintbrush are unique, as are so many of their experiences together. I literally laughed at the blue jay scene, and cried at a couple reconciliations, and really just loved this book. Bucchion has an infectious 'voice', as her characters pull you in and kept you intrigued, while the story itself is intricate and original. I can't believe this is Bucchin's first novel, and I can't wait to read her next literary endeavors. *I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
I didn't realize how much I've missed YA contemporaries until now. Because I honestly gave up on them after Jandy Nelson's books, I'll Give You The Sun and The Sky Is Everywhere, because every book I read afterwards just didn't come close to their perfection. But then this one was like a mashup of these two, only it was way more exotic and beautiful. I loved it. I absolutely adored every Paintbrush commune member. Every single member was their own person, and I know it sounds lame but I literally mean it. The characters felt so friggin real. And I wanted to be a part of it. A part of Paintbrush. I want to go around mowing the grass on weekends. Plant some tomatoes, take a dip in the lake... IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE. Now that is a place I'd love to grow old in. The issues presented were so simple but they seriously hit me so hard. Like, oh my God, I did NOT expect to actually sympathize with Josie's mom, but I seriously figured her out after they had that talk. It was all so weird, I actually hated on her, exactly the way Josie did at first. But the way she actually had an explanation for every single decision she made and still makes for the sake of her daughters... It's weird, yes. But it totally made sense. The chemistry between the Paintbrush members was overwhelming. No awkwardness. Josie and Mitchell grew up around those people. Everyone grew up around everyone. The ties, the friendships, the heartbreak... it was all so beautiful. That day Eric and Wendy went out to do an 'emergency diaper run' *wink wink* and left Lucy with NED, of all people. And then everyone was passing Lucy around as if she were the plague itself and then it was Bernie's turn and he was all like: Bernie takes a step back. "No can do," he says. "I don't do babies." "What in the world are you talking about?" demands Ned. Bernie shrugs. "They creep me out," he calls back, his voice loud over the screams. "They're like little tiny people." [Mitchell]: "You know, Bernie. I never thought of it that way," I say slowly. "But now that you mention it, babies are kind of like people." "See?" He point to me. "He gets it." And then there's Leah. I LOVE HER SO MUCH, DAMMIT. She opens her mouth to respond, but then something behind me makes her eyes widen. "Code red, code red," she mutters. "The eagle has landed. The package has been delivered. The chicken has crossed the road." [Josie] I whip around and come face to face with Mitchell. He wears a politely confused expression. "Chicken?' he asks. "We were just talking about you!" Leah exclaims, beaming. And I can't believe I just realized this but I seriously ship her with Cord. I think they'd fit perfectly together. Their weird sense of humor, and there's that other thing... OKAY, so it's probably just the weird sense of humor, but whatever. I ship them. Strongly. Then there's Josie and Mitchell, and I'm a sucker for best friends that realize afterwards how hot the other person is and then suddenly there are feelings and sweaty palms and stuttering and BUTTERFLIES. It was all too much. All too cute.