Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin (ARC Review)

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Paintbrush 
by Hannah Bucchin

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Blaze Publishing

Expected publication: July 11th, 2017

Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance

Pages: 306

Format: ARC

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

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This was so adorable. I have been trying to read more contemporary books and romantic books, especially now that it’s summer. And I have been enjoying them so much! They are always so cute, emotional and quick to read and this one was no exception!

Paintbrush is the story of Josie and Mitchell. They have known each other since they were children, and although living at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village would make it impossible not to know each other, they started drifting apart and finding new friends. Their interactions became only the car rides to school together and the occasional hi and bye. But one day, when everything seems terrible, something good comes of it, and they start passing more time together and getting really close.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book, even the secondary ones. They were all so interesting and well put together! Josie is a bit of a nerd and an outcast, while Mitchell is adored by all the girls, and known to everybody. But in the end, they are not as different as they think. They were such nice characters!

I thought their relationship was really sweet, how they knew so much and yet so less about each other, how much an appearance can be only that. It was really well paced and fun to read about and I absolutely loved it!

As for the secondary characters, there’s way too many that I love… I thought their friends were really great and the people at Paintbrush too. They were all so warm-hearted and so unique! Also, there’s some development with them and even some that you are not kin on, you start loving by the end.

The writing was good, but slightly repetitive – mainly in the beginning. It was too much and it was annoying me. But it actually changed and got less after around 30% of the book, which I was really grateful for.

This book made me laugh and cry. It was really emotional and honest and I loved it for that. I was reading it inside my classroom (during break time) and I had to stop because I didn’t want to start crying there and I could already feel my eyes watering!

I would for sure recommend it, especially if you are looking for a cute book with some amazing characters and a lot of honesty and emotion!

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Do you prefer YA or Adult Romance? What’s your ultimate favorite? What did you think of this one? Let’s discuss it the comments!

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