Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.
On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.
With Fingerprints of You I knew I was reading something different very early on. I’ve never read anything like it. Not only is the subject something you don’t come across too often in Young Adult novels, but the writing is gorgeous. It was one of those ‘this is a debut author?’ cases. The book isn’t long, not even 300 pages, but Kristen-Paige Madonia fills it with so much story. I felt like these characters became a part of my life.
Lemon and Stella have been on their own for years. Stella moves them from place to place on a whim. Leaving behind Stella’s string of useless boyfriends and any friends Lemon manages to make in the short time she’s in one place. Needless to say Lemon’s life is no where near perfect and no one knows that better than her. That’s why when she ends up pregnant at 17 she sets out to make things different.
Fingerprints of You is about many, many things. Friendships and family. Personal growth and learning for your mistakes and the mistakes of others. I guess you could say it’s basically about life. Seeing and hearing about Lemon’s life in her own words was incredible. I understood her need for answers so much. Not only does she embark on a cross country journey, she embarks of a journey self discovery. I loved seeing her come into her own and learn to forgive. I pretty much just loved her and all the other characters.
Fingerprints of You is a remarkable coming of age story that I could read over and over. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s utterly beautiful and vivid. It’s one of the best things I’ve read in a long time.