Disclaimer: I received this book from Penguin Random House UK in exchange for an honest review.
Release date: May 26th 2016 (UK) April 5th 2016 (USA)
Synopsis: Raul is an Argentinian painter, fresh on New York’s buzzing downtown scene, who has just caught the eye of the city’s most infamous critic.
James is the critic. His synaesthesia lets him interpret art as fireworks and symphonies – but he’s just been struck by writer’s block.
And then there’s Lucy: newly escaped from small-town Idaho, young and beautiful, the perfect artist’s muse.
I loved this book so much! Honestly guys, this is a must read.
The plot…is very easy to follow and read. It’s simple, set over the course of a year (1980, duh) but pretty amazing too…because Prentiss has this outstanding way of making everything seem that way.
The characters…are really well written. I felt close to them, yet detached. In fact, I felt so close to them I laughed and I cried. I felt. It was strange, like watching their every move from above but knowing their every thought at the same time. Which leads me on to…
The writing…the writing is extra-ordinary. Honestly, I have never, ever read a book quite like this one – which is why I liked it so much.
This book takes beautiful to a whole new level. It takes poetry and lifts it to the heavens. It takes words and creates something very distinctly like art.
I was absolutely blown away by this novel. I actually feel tounge-tied, writing this review. I felt like I was reading art, and it made me appreciate it more than I ever have before.
I honestly feel like I can’t form words to show you how much you need to read this novel. In fact, I loved the writing so much I literally could not stop picking up my phone to type quotes…which I’ve put on Goodreads here, so you can appreciate this along with me!
Something I liked…as you can probably guess, the writing. Honestly, I’m astonished that such a sheer amount of beauty could come from pages. And as I read up to 100 books a year…that’s a big thing to say. I’m astonished.
Something I disliked…honestly, absolutely nothing. I can’t think of anything.
My rating is (definitely)…
☽ ☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
5 out of 5 moons
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽