We had a wonderful Twitter chat last night with YA author Kristen-Paige Madonia about her book Fingerprints of You. For highlights from the chat, check out my Storify.com collection of tweets from the chat. Special thanks to Kristen-Paige for taking the time to discuss her debut book with us!
Now, on to our discussion!
I first heard an excerpt of the book at Wordstock, an amazing book festival in Portland, OR and was really intrigued by the first 10 pages. Upon reading the whole book, I was really moved by the story of Lemon and her mother Stella, perhaps because I am the daughter of a single mother. I loved how honest the mother-daughter experience was, but also how all of the characters felt very real to me.
Here are my questions. Feel free to add your own!
1) In our Twitter chat, we talked about the cover of the book, even learning that Amanda painted her nails to match the tattoo-inspired cover. What do you think is the significance of the bird on the chain flying away?
2) There are a lot of parallels in this book. Emmy’s dad being absent, but in an entirely different way than Lemon’s dad who was gone for most of her life. Stella had Lemon when she was young and Lemon becomes pregnant at a young age. Ryan’s love of reading and Lemon’s love of reading. Even the settings—East coast versus West Coast—are somewhat parallel. Why do you think there are those connections throughout the book?
3) My friend Sutton brought up an interesting point. Why did Lemon and Stella never discuss terminating the pregnancy early on? Why do you think the conversation never happened?
4) As Lemon was moving forward in her pregnancy, I worried for her, especially when she fainted several times and her poor diet. So I wasn’t too surprised by the ending of the book, yet I was still really sad for Lemon.
5) San Francisco plays a major role in Lemon’s transformation, even in Stella, when she appears again. How does Madonia use these two environments—West Virginia and California—to emphasis transformation?
6) Art, music, and literature play a big role in this book—Stella’s art classes, Ryan’s love of music, Stella’s inscriptions inside the books she leaves Ryan, and Lemon always reading. (You can even find Lemon’s playlist here.) What do the arts signify in the book?
7) While I liked Aiden as a character, I wondered if their romance was a little too easy and beautiful. He seemed to always and do the right thing. What did you think of Lemon and Aiden’s romance? How did their relationship change Lemon?