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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442429208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442429208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up-Lemon is in the middle of her senior year of high school and pregnant. The baby's father is a sleazy tattoo artist who her mom, Stella, was kind of dating. Lemon is not one to wear her heart on her sleeve, and on the surface seems relatively unfazed by her situation. After moving so many times with Stella, she decides to set out again, but this time with her friend Emmy instead. Lemon is hoping that the trip from Morgantown, West Virginia, to San Francisco will give her time to sort things out before the baby comes. More importantly, she hopes she'll be able to meet her father for the first time. Fingerprints focuses on Lemon's relationships and the powerful moments she experiences along her journey. An unexpected pregnancy is a common predicament for characters of YA lit, yet Lemon's story is original and multidimensional. Madonia lets readers get to know the teen, with attention to dialogue both internal and external. Readers will appreciate the candidness of the writing. This compelling debut novel is sure to appeal to readers looking to connect with a protagonist who takes some time to open up to them.-Emily Chornomaz, Camden County Library System, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“Kristen-Paige Madonia is a remarkable young novelist. Her writing is luminous, her voice original, and the journey she takes us on, compelling. From the first page she pulls the reader into a world of authentic characters we've never met before, characters living real and complicated lives, and she doesn't let go. Sure to appeal to both teens and adults who will want to read it again, just as I did. What a thrill to discover this talented writer.” (Judy Blume)

"Lemon's thoughts, actions and feelings are palpable, and we are tugged along with her on her journey to find out who she is--and how much the imprints of those in her past and present will affect her future. Beautiful prose and a heartfelt story." (Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award-winning author of Mockingbird)

"A strong first novel, Madonia’s coming-of-age tale reveals both flawed and compassionate characters." (VOYA)

"Beautifully told." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Debut novelist Madonia offers an intimate reflection on the meaning of family...[a] thoughtful story about finding an identity and a home." (Publishers Weekly)

"A character-driven...a well-written and thought-provoking debut." (Booklist)

"Readers will appreciate the candidness of the writing. This compelling debut novel is sure to appeal." (School Library Journal)

"The characters are complex, fully drawn people who make mistakes, change, grow, and remain likable through it all." (BCCB)

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The writing was amazing and the character development was incredible.
K. Plunkett
From the first time I saw Fingerprints of You, I knew I'd love it, and I'll admit it was mainly because of the cover - this book is gorgeous!
Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
It's about having fingerprints of experiences, as one of the characters in this book points out.
Laila Hanson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Autumn "Paperrdolls" on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really dont know where to start. I really love Fingerprints of You.. And to be honest i really wanted to befriend Lemon.. Let me explain why..

At 17 years old Lemon is more of an adult than her mother Stella.. Stella is a single mother and not the worlds best role model, shes damaged Stella relies on men to establish her self worth and moves after every break up.. So when Lemon is caught with a guy her mom has been eyeing and not like in a sexual way Stella is ready to hightail it but not before Lemon is impregnated with said guys baby.. i wasnt surprised mainly because i read the synopsis.. Lemon is pretty mature for her age and she matures more throughout the book..

Being a teen mom isnt exactly what she had in mind but she'll go with it.. I really wondered will she keep the baby or will she give it up.. I wont tell you because you really should read it for yourself..

Anyways they end up in West Virginia.. Where Lemon finds an amazing partner in crime in Emmy.. Emmys father has just been set to Afghanistan along with many of the other townsmen and all she can think about is her father.. which leads Lemon to do the same.. shes always wondered about her father.. who he was and why he never looked for her .. so she and Emmy decide a road trip is in order.. Now Lemon knows her parents met in San Fransisco so she convinces Emmy to make that their destination without telling her the connection.. So they buy tickets then tell their parents lets just say it didnt go over well.. Stella gives Lemon a parting gift.. Lemon assumes its money so when she finds the piece of paper with her fathers name and last known address she relieved she assumed it was going to take ages to track him down.. Pretty quickly they hunt them down and meet a boy.. Great timing for Lemon huh..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on August 8, 2012
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Fingerprints of You grabs you from the first page and takes you on a heartfelt journey full of adventure. A complex but well developed story, you can't help but bond with the characters, as you experience their struggles, joy and ultimate love for each other through the ties that bind. An unconventional look at growing up, breaking free and the realization that the things we spend our lives running from are often what we will end up missing the most.
Full of humor, relatable experiences, heartbreak and good times; onçe you start reading you will not be able to put it down!
Looking forward to more from Mrs. Madonia, as this is a truly remarkable first book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Link on July 1, 2013
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This was an excellent read. I passed it on to several friends and they loved it as well. We are looking forward to other books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah @ Paperback Treasures on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From the first time I saw Fingerprints of You, I knew I'd love it, and I'll admit it was mainly because of the cover - this book is gorgeous! I am totally in love with the whole design; it's subtle but powerful and just so beautiful. And that's how I feel about the actual novel, too.

Lemon is not your average main character, and not just because of her unusual (and awesome!) name. She makes every possible bad decision, but there's an honesty about her voice that makes this a compelling instead of frustrating quality to her character. It does seem at times like she's made it her goal to screw up her life in every possible way, but she's still a character I could relate to easily, and I kind of grew to love her. Lemon's character growth is tremendous but still realistic, and I loved being with her on her journey.

What made Lemon such a great character is the writing. I know this is such a cliched and overdone thing to say, but Kristen-Paige Madonia really does have a way with words. Her style is vivid and captivating; the kind of writing that makes it impossible to put a book down. Every word in Fingerprints of You is simply beautiful.

I think what I love most about this book, though, is the setting. Once they get to San Francisco, everything feels... alive. Fingerprints of You's atmosphere conveys a pulsing energy that made me feel like I was right there with Lemon. All the different secondary characters are fully developed, and I love how it feels like they're all somehow part of this distinct energy.

There is something that bugged me about this book, though, and I think it has to do with how much showing and how very little telling the author uses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiny Thomsen on December 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
You guys know what a huge fan of contemporary YA I am, especially when it's a coming-of-age story. With that said, when I first heard about FINGERPRINTS OF YOU, I knew I had to read it. I mean, look at the cover. Look at the summary! It just has to be good, right? Well, it wasn't good...

It was fabulous!

The story focuses on Lemon and the dynamic relationship she has with her mother, Stella. Much to Lemon's dismay, she's traveling down the same path as Stella, and it's not necessarily the best road to follow. From that very first moment in the tattoo parlor with Johnny Drinko, you knew what was going to happen.

Now, 17 and pregnant, Lemon begins to wonder about the father she never knew. With that said and a "gift" from her mother, she decides to travel in search of her long lost father in the hopes of finding answers and possibly more.

Though I knew I'd like this story, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it. I'm telling you guys, it's the writing. Kristen Paige-Madonia just has this undeniable natural talent for story telling. I literally went from hating a character one minute and loving her the next. Oh, Lemon. I'm having the hardest time trying to fathom into words how incredible her story is. Honestly, it's something you'll have to experience for yourself.

One of the things I loved about this book is that it reminds readers that there are consequences to having unprotected sex, one of which being pregnancy. It's not this glorified adventure that MTV portrays. Teenage pregnancy is becoming more and more common in today's world, and it doesn't help when certain novels exalt having unprotected sex.
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Kristen-Paige Madonia was raised in Martinsville, Virginia and received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. She was recently named the 2012 D. H. Lawrence Fellow, and her short fiction has appeared in such publications as The Greensboro Review, FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Sycamore Review, and Upstreet. She was awarded a 2011 Sewanee Writers' Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship and the 2010 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival prize and has received fellowships from the Hambidge Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She currently lives in Charlottesville, VA and teaches creative writing at James Madison University and UVa.

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