BOOK DIVAS™ REVIEW: PAINT MY BODY RED
AUTHOR: Heidi R. Kling
PUBLISHER: Entangled Publishing, LLC www.entagledpublishing.com
RELEASE DATE: 11/2/2015
REVIEWER: Lisa Loucks Christenson
Heidi R. Kling's Paint My Body Red, though written for YA, is sure to resonate with readers of all ages. Kling's story sends the reader right into the heart of relationships, bonds, people we cling to, people we lose whether we're ready to let go or not. How we continue is sure to open up talk. Talk is good, it may even save a life.
Writing about sensitive topics, not just one suicide, but several isn't exactly "peace" work. Kling not only delves into her characters' innermost triggers, she shares the rawness of their lives. Some of Kling's characters commit suicide leaving their loved ones and friends searching their paths forward. Kling writes with an emotional impact that doesn't end with chapter headings or their page numbers, her writing sinks in, it rides along with you hitched into your mind.
Paint My Body Red reaches in, yanks at your heart, then stalls your thoughts before redirecting them into a fictional world with characters painted with dark flaws and angst set against undeniable hope and promise. Kling's writing style has an edgy depth that will bite into your thoughts, drifting deeper than her Wyoming snow scenes, which are quite picturesque, when not buried in complexities or pain, that bring forth hope and promising futures.
Paint My Body Red is written with empathy and respect for the living and the dead, roping the reader into a trip of emotional highs and lows through seemingly real characters; gently leading the reader to a place where they may understand a thing or two about setting their inner "Scout" free, and in doing so, may recognize their dreams will, forever, run free in their own valleys.
Kling opens her book with a powerful quote from CRAZY HORSE, building a fictional world around the real suicide tragedies in her own hometown, she takes us to a place within ourselves, where untouchable thoughts reside; feelings that remain hidden and aren't spoken about. However, by the the end of this story, Kling's fictional Eight Hands Ranch, crafted and built on an infinite number, is set and ready to begin healing its infinite number of future fictional visitors (a sequel would be nice), while the characters lives live on: circling through the memories of her readers.
This book reminds me of a quote, "Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle. . . . The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood. And so it is in everything where power moves."
BLACK ELK, OGLALA SIOUX (1863-1950)
Paint My Body Red will encircle you in its power. Kling's words . . . will move you. ––Lisa Loucks Christenson, Book Divas™
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Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Sub-genre: YA Mysteries &Thrillers
Name of Publisher: Entangled Teen
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