Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

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A teen embarks on the road trip of a lifetime in this authentic, beautifully written debut novel that Judy Blume says is “sure to appeal to both teens and adults.”

Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.

On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.

Lyrical and moving prose, from an original voice whose writing Judy Blume calls “luminous,” deftly depicts the nuanced conflicts of early motherhood and the search for identity.

About Kristen-Paige Madonia

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Kristen-Paige Madonia is the recipient of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship and the New Orleans Literary Festival/Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. She is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach MFA program, and her short fiction has been published in New Orleans Review, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, and Sycamore Review, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing. Visit her at
Published August 7, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A pregnant teen takes a cross-country trip to find the father she never knew.

Jun 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Fingerprints of You

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“I wanted a permanent address, a home with enough space for us to unpack all the boxes, a family that made more sense than we did.” Seventeen-year-old Lemon is tired of being dragged around the country while her impulsive and artistic mother, Stella, gets involved with one lousy boyfriend aft...

Jul 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Fingerprints of You


Her mother raised her alone and Lemon seems to accept her status as a single mom in stride- until she and her BFF hop a bus to California to suss out the father Lemon never knew.

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