Book Review: Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling

Published November 5, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Paint My Body Red

by Heidi R. Kling

Release Date: 11/02/15

Entangled Teen


They think I’ll be number seven. Unlucky number seven.

Dead teenager number seven. With the rash of suicides at my school, I’ve been shipped off to my dad’s Wyoming ranch for “my own safety.” My mom worries I’ll be next—another depressed teenager whose blood will end up on the train tracks. But she doesn’t know my secrets…or what I did.

Everything has changed at the ranch since I was there last. The staff is gone, and there aren’t any visitors. The place is struggling, and ALS is destroying my dad. The one bright spot in this mess is his new—and only—ranch hand, Jake. He’s gorgeous, cheerful, healthy and sane. Shadows don’t haunt his eyes and eat away at him in the night.

But the ranch and Jake can’t save me from the darkness inside, or the knowledge of what I’ve done. This time, it’s up to me to save myself…

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Paint My Body Red was dark yet sweet story about Paige, who is spending her summer with her father on his ranch. She hasn’t seen her father in years and things have changed with him and with the ranch. Even though there was a bunch of changes this was the perfect way to get away from what was going on at home. The students in Paige’s hometown have been committing suicide due to a number of reason, the biggest one being, not getting into the college they wanted to get into. Paige’s mom thought it would be perfect to send Paige away to her father in order to keep her safe.

I love seeing growth in the main characters through out the book, and this one was no different. Paige’s growth was very apparent in many different aspects of her life. Paige over came her past and became a better person during her time at the ranch. At the start I wasn’t too sure if I liked her, but by the end, I adored her. I also loved Jake, he was amazing to not only Paige but to her father as well.

I also liked how the flashbacks were shown as Paige sat down to write. It was as if she was writing everything in her journal and I was able to take a peek inside.

Ms. Kling did a great just speaking about serious subjects and it was done in a very tasteful way without her sugarcoating it. Both what was happening in her school and things with Ty were extremely serious.

I would completely recommend this to teens and I think they would really enjoy it.




Told in dual narratives, several more installments are planned in this “Romeo and Juliet with magic” series readers compare to stories by  LJ Smith, Cassandra Clare and Melissa de la Cruz.

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, she returned to her native California. She lives with her husband, two children and the cutest accidental puppy mix ever, Sailor Lily, just over the coastal mountains from the sea.

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