Paint Me a Monster
Rinnie Gardener’s life looks like a perfect painting from the outside—a loving family and a beautiful house. But when the paint is stripped away, this dream dissolves to dust. Her parents divorce. Her father treats her like a stranger. Her mother, looming like a black cloud, treats her worse. Painful words become painful bruises. Rinnie’s own body becomes a source of self-punishment. As her life seemingly falls apart, Rinnie struggles to find the courage to pick up the pieces. In a brilliantly unique style and voice, Rinnie tells her story—a search for identity, love, and healing. She must look in the darkest places to repaint the canvas of her life. She must face the monster.
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PAINT ME A MONSTERUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Baskin's first novel spans 13 years in the life of an artistic girl torn between perfection and loving herself as she is.Three-year-old Margo renames herself Rinnie after Rin Tin Tin, "the smartest ... Read full review
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