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Paint My Body Red by [Kling, Heidi R.]
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Length: 360 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The world isn't just black or white. Sometimes it's red...

They think I'm next. That I'll be the seventh kid to step in front of a train and end my life. With the rash of suicides at my school, Mom's shipped me off to my dad's Wyoming ranch for “my own safety.” They think I’m just another depressed teenager whose blood will end up on the tracks. They don't know my secrets...or what I’ve done.

I wasn't expecting Dad to be so sick, for the ranch I loved to be falling to bits, or for Jake—the cute boy I knew years ago—to have grown into a full-fledged, hot-as-hell cowboy. Suddenly, I don't want to run anymore, but the secrets from home have found me...even here. And this time, it's up to me to face them—and myself—if I want to live...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1512 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (2 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014PDW76M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story 12 November 2015
By Nicole Hoefs - Published on
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This was an amazing book. I wasn’t 100% sure right at the beginning about what I’d think of it, but the more I read, the more I loved it. It’s another book that focus on a taboo topic i.e. teenage suicide. The writing was so raw, so emotional, so utterly fantastic. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The intense summary, and beautiful cover, is what first drew me to this book. The story is told from two different time periods (kind of): ‘Then’ and ‘Now’. The ‘Then’ parts come from the ‘Now’ Paige remembering and writing it all down. Each is equally riveting in their own unique way. In a way, I looked forward to the ‘Then’ parts the most, so I could find out what had happened in Paige’s past. I was about 95% correct with my assumptions. With that said, I really loved the ‘Now’ parts too. I loved reading about Paige being back on her family ranch, reconnecting with her sick father, interacting with the ranch hands, especially Jake. I don’t really have a thing for cowboys/country boys, but he was totally swoon-worthy.

I really appreciated the fact that Heidi went places with this novel that maybe other authors would have skirted around. She wasn’t afraid to lay it all out there in her book, and I loved it so much more for that. She showed us the good, the bad, and the ugly (excuse the cliché). I found myself crying several times while reading this book. My heart went out to Paige for everything she’d gone through, everything she was still going through/dealing with on the ranch. I really liked most of the characters (Paige, her dad Gus, Anna, and Jake). I kind of liked Ty, or at least didn’t mind him, in the beginning of the book, but my opinion changed the further we got into Paige’s story.

I don’t want to give anything away, but this book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to read more and more. The story was fast-paced, and very engaging. I’d highly recommend it, especially when you get to see a genuine cowboy that’s pretty much a dream come true. Jake was beyond amazing, and he’s going on my book boyfriend list. The ending of the book was great, and I almost wished the book wasn’t over, just so I could keep reading. I bought the Kindle version, and I’ll be rereading this beautiful book again and again.

There were so many great lines in this book! When I did my progress updates on Goodreads, I added about 9-10 of my favorite lines from the entire book. Here are several of my absolute favorites: “It’s easier to lose myself in the darkness of my life when I’m alone.” and “If I write it on paper, it may pop the cork off the bottle my chest is holding so tightly closed. If I write it on paper, I might be able to breathe again.” and “I understand his philosophy. But he should know by now that life isn’t black and white—it’s red. And in that color is where we spend the whole of what matters, the vibrancy of life, the bloody mess of death, and the pulsing heart of love.” and “…things happen. Bad things. Good things. And we can’t do anything to stop them. Sometimes life just has to play itself out.”

Final note: Read this book! It was such a touching story, and I’m so glad Heidi believed that it had to be one novel. I’m sure you’ll be as enthralled with this book as I was.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ for every age group 9 November 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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As someone who has experienced a fair amount of tragedy personally (surviving teenage cancer, parents divorcing, my divorce, best friend committing suicide at 21 yrs of age, sister's attempted suicide, losing an uncle to ALS along with countless family members who are active or recovering alcoholics) this book spoke VOLUMES to me. It perfectly blends life's realistic loss with the hope and power of being alive. Not just living, but feeling ALIVE after a series of tragedy young Paige endures. Sometimes you only need just that one person to be there for you, it could even just be a spirited animal who pulls you out of the darkest days. Heidi R. Kling masterfully undertakes the task of combining every taboo and relevant subject matter from date rape to suicide in a way that teenagers to adults can read and understand with out the feeling of doom, but the power of hope. She manages to word so gracefully the simplest things that a human needs: a home where you feel wanted and needed, a sense of purpose and love. Out of tragedy blossomed life, real life, for Paige and I think this book will help millions who are struggling (haven't we all been there?). Kudos to this brave YA writer. As a parent to a teenage girl, this should be a mandatory read in high schools and psychology courses. Am overwhelmed with emotion after just putting it down!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust this author - to explore a serious topic. Honest. Not too dark. Hopeful without being juvenile. 5 December 2015
By Monica - Published on
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I was almost nervous to read this book. The subject matter seemed as if it could take me to a dark place that was just too dark. It was a bit how I felt when I first started reading the Hunger Games. Do I really want to go where this author is going to take me? Do I trust that I'll emotionally be OK after reading it? There are just certain subjects that feel too serious. Too raw. I am so glad that I trusted and read. As someone who has lived in Silicon Valley, I especially appreciated the insight provided and the "character development" of the setting - rang true. Felt real. I have friends and family who have struggled with thoughts of suicide. I didn't know if I could enjoy a book on this topic. Reading it was actually a balm for my soul - as this topic is one that I continue to struggle to understand.

A few weeks now after reading, I still love the emotion that tugs at me when I think about it. It has stayed with me. In a good way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get the Conversation Started! 17 January 2016
By Christy Hayes - Published on
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As a person working in a community where suicide clusters took place, I was intrigued by Kling's exploration of a teenager's experiences and lens of the world after the tragedies. Heidi has clearly done her research and handles the character's emotional exploration as well as the topic of suicide with care and reality. Highly recommend for teen/parent pairs looking to talk about the subject!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this darker, sexier turn from one of my favorite YA authors 14 November 2015
By Lisa - Published on
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Paint My Body is a darker, sexier turn for Heidi Kling, but she delivers in her typical stellar form. This YA romantic suspense handles incredibly difficult topics of suicide and rape with dignity and grace, while still delivering a healthy does of romantic angst. As in prior books, Kling’s heroine, Paige is a strong female lead, and you couldn’t ask for a better place for Heidi to rest her lingering gaze than on cowboy Jake (oh, Jake). The page-turning suspense comes from Paige’s look back at her relationship with her step-brother — Beautifully foreshadowed and paced. I simply couldn’t put it down.

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