Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding
Ok, folks. I am an Amy Spalding fan. The Reece Malcolm List was a great YA read. So I was kind of expecting this read to be through the roof. Instead it fell through the floor.
I have been a finicky reader lately and feel like I am in a reading slump. The books I have read lately have been just ok and this book can be lumped in that category. I had a hard time sticking with it and almost DNF. This is shocking because I loved the author's previous book.
This book has a unique plot and characters. I loved mom and stepdad's character the most. The book is YA to the core and the romance is bland. The plot didn't seem to go anywhere and when it did it didn't go far. It sickens me to give this author a bad review, but felt it unfair to my reader to rate this book better than it is because I like the author.
For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie's the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie's sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.
But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she's sure he's totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn't always a good thing, it's yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.
It'll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom's tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.