Why’d I Pick This Book To Read?:
Friends, Art Girls Are Easy by Julie Klausner was SO appealing to me. First, that cover is gorgeous, I love the sunglasses and the fierce lipstick. Second, I love books about characters who have a passion, especially if that passion is art. Third, there is totally not enough summer camp in YA, so that little phrase immediately appealed to me. I loved camp when I went, from cabin rivalries, to bonfires, to color war.
What’s The Story Here?:
“Fifteen-year-old Indigo Hamlisch is an art prodigy looking forward to her last summer at the Silver Springs Academy for Fine and Performing Arts for Girls. But her BFF Lucy Serrano is a C.I.T. this year, and that means she doesn’t have to hang out with Indigo and the other campers anymore: she can mingle with the counselors — including Indigo’s scandalous and unrequited crush, paint-splattered art instructor Nick Estep. But it’s not like anything is going to happen between Lucy and Nick… right?
As Indy becomes more and more paranoid about what’s going on between her best friend and her favorite counselor, Indy’s life — and her work — spin hilariously out of control. Funny and bold, Art Girls Are Easy is a comedy of errors filtered through the wry, satirical eyes of a girl who’s been there, done that, and is just looking for a little inspiration”
How Long Did I Last?:
10% or…. 24 pages.
Why Did I DNF?:
The writing is not very appealing to me. You know how sometimes a book can feel overwritten, and you just want to tell the book to take it down a notch? That’s how I felt within the first few pages of Art Girls Are Easy. It’s just TOO MUCH. Also, I was promised camp, but alas the main character tells us this is not a camp with color war or bonfires, and my brain was like, yeah that’s whack. Also, it’s a total privileged people camp — they have air conditioning and live in chalets. The camp that I went to did not even have TV in the cabins, much less air conditioning. Then the camp I worked at for like 2 weeks did not have air conditioning either, but the kids paid $8000 to go there for like 4 weeks. SO, I cannot even imagine how much this camp costs, but the book already starts out kind of insufferable. And here is the thing, for me to actually care about some rich and privileged white girl, she has to be half way interesting with a good voice. This girl, Indigo sounds like a total fricken hipster, only interested in being jail bait because she read ‘Lolita way too young.’ Bish really? Also, she describes this guy she has a crush on, Nick, as having an isosceles nose. What does that even mean? AND another of my pet peeves kept showing up — brand name dropping. Sorry, I do not give a fig if your bag is from Dolce and Gabbana. Or that your dad drives a Mercedes-Benz. Or that your parents pay for you to have a MoMa membership. So, basically there was really nothing to make me actually like or care about Indigo in the first few pages — plus she body-snarks. Like, there’s this girl who is not very nice, but still Indigo is all her chest is concave, she’s so anorexic and such a bitch blah blah blah. Sorry dude, no, not okay to to snark on someone for how their body looks – fat or thin. So, I just gave up on the book. Alas. Maybe you can make it more than 24 pages, but for me, my life is too short for books that aren’t quite grabbing me.
Is There Anyone Who This Book Would Appeal To?:
I think fans of Gossip Girl and The Innocents might like this book. I also think that privileged artsy girls might enjoy this one too. OH and hipsters, not the Zooey Deschanel kind, the other kind.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley
Other reviews of Art Girls Are Easy by Julie Klausner:
Rather Be Reading – “There was so much I wanted to love about Art Girls Are Easy.”
WTF Are You Reading -“This book was just another case of “rich kid” writing.”