Graffiti Girl

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Simon and Schuster, May 15, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Graffiti art. It's bold. It's thrilling. And it can get a girl into serious trouble....

Raised by her single mom (who's always dating the wrong kind of man) in a struggling California neighborhood, Angel Rodriguez is a headstrong, independent young woman who channels her hopes and dreams for the future into her painting. But when her entry for a community mural doesn't rate, she's heartbroken. Even with winning artist Nathan Ramos -- a senior track star and Angel's secret crush -- taking a sudden interest in Angel and her art, she's angry and hurt. She's determined to find her own place in the art world, her own way.

That's when Miguel Badalin -- from the notorious graffiti crew Reyes Del Norte -- opens her eyes to an underground world of graf tags and turf wars. She's blown away by this bad boy's fantastic work and finds herself drawn to his dangerous charm. Soon she's running with Miguel's crew, pushing her skills to the limit and beginning to emerge as the artist she always dreamed she could be. But Nathan and Miguel are bitter enemies with a shared past, and choosing between them and their wildly different approaches to life and art means that Angel must decide what matters most before the artist inside of her can truly break free.

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For Angel, art is everything. When her entry into a community mural competition doesn't get picked, she is devastated. She hooks up with a boy who is well known as trouble - Miguel Badalin, in spite ... Read full review

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I loved this book. I would be able to read it over and over again without getting bored of it. This book had everything. Drama, romance, and art. It was amazing. I would not hesitate to read any more books by this author. I have never been interested in graffiti, and I have never thought about it. But once I picked up this book, I realized that it could be a very interesting thing to learn how to do. But "Graffiti Girl" is not just about graffiti. It is about friendship with best friends, and how she wants something more than friendship with Nathan, whom she is sure jut sees her as one of the boys. Fantastic, intense, and totally entrapping, "Graffiti Girl" is now one of my favortite books/ 

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Kelly Parra is the author of the acclaimed novel Graffiti Girl. She lives in a diverse agricultural town in Central California with her husband and two beautiful children. Visit her website:, and follow the Secret Fates blog at Secret

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