Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Love and Vandalism

Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sure she’s busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won’t turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy i...

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Love and Vandalism Reviews

  • Madison
    Jan 30, 2017

    Love and Vandalism is a surprising and heartfelt novel about art, family, emotional overload, and reconnecting.

    Rory creates her art in the dark depths of night, spray painting her lions onto vacant walls and overpasses. It helps her control her rage and rebel against her father. Art is the thing she has most in common with her artist mother. But Rory has a plan to escalate her art and paint a lion that is larger and far more visible than all her previous pieces. She knows she will need help to p

    Love and Vandalism is a surprising and heartfelt novel about art, family, emotional overload, and reconnecting.

    Rory creates her art in the dark depths of night, spray painting her lions onto vacant walls and overpasses. It helps her control her rage and rebel against her father. Art is the thing she has most in common with her artist mother. But Rory has a plan to escalate her art and paint a lion that is larger and far more visible than all her previous pieces. She knows she will need help to pull it off but the new guy in town is probably last on her list of limited choices. Never mind his city-boy looks and his determination to stay away from trouble (especially the illegal kind), it's enough that he is threatening to reveal Rory's identity as the lion graffiti artist if she doesn't show him around town.

    I really latched onto the first few pages of Love and Vandalism. The writing and story line drew me in. And while Rory at first seems like your average 'bad girl', she soon reveals plenty of hidden layers, secrets, and reasons for her actions. I have to admit that I wasn't all that impressed with Rory to begin with. Within the first chapter she heads to a strange guy's apartment to smoke drugs, so I wasn't sure how we were going get along. But I'm well aware that often characters who make puzzling and seemingly stupid decisions usually have an interesting and complicated story to tell. I figured Rory deserved to have her story told, and I'm very glad I kept reading because her story is as saddening as it is encouraging.

    While Rory might have initially been disconcerting the story very quickly grew on me. I had to add major awesome points for all the Narnia references. Hayes (aforementioned blackmailer) is a huge The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe fan and to him Rory's lions are a clear message. Rory thinks he is crazy. And Rory very quickly becomes a likeable character. Her level of skepticism is fantastic and her home life is both troubling and complicated. It definitely made me want to learn more about her. And I thought there was something suspicious about Rory's relationship with her mother, I just didn't expect THAT twist. Rory's relationship with her father is volatile, and their journey of learning to understand each other is an important part of this novel.

    Family relationships, grief, guilt, and uncontrollable emotions are huge and important themes in this story. As Rory tries on hold on and not explode with all the emotions she is keeping inside, she also has to try and not fall for the so-not-her-type, has-his-own-baggage, attraction-sparking Hayes. Their slide from casual observers to friends, all while trying to avoid becoming more-than-friends, is very enjoyable to witness and is the perfect contrast to Rory's personal and family issues.

    Love and Vandalism is complicated and provoking contemporary YA novel.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Dreamingintherain
    Apr 24, 2017

    Okay, so I've been insanely busy with finals, and still am to be honest, but I felt like I needed to say something about this book, so here we go. There are spoilers ahead, but only ones I felt that needed to be brought up due to problems with the book. Because of this, the rest of my review in hidden as a spoiler.

    To start off:

    There's rape in this b

    Okay, so I've been insanely busy with finals, and still am to be honest, but I felt like I needed to say something about this book, so here we go. There are spoilers ahead, but only ones I felt that needed to be brought up due to problems with the book. Because of this, the rest of my review in hidden as a spoiler.

    To start off:

    There's rape in this book. I don't usually put trigger warnings because I usually feel like I'm not a good judge of what needs to be mentioned. However this book just sort of thrusts rape into the reader's face and has a description that could definitely really harm someone. The rape itself was just overall really poorly handled, but I'll get to that later. There's cultural appropriation too, but I don't know if that's something people tag for.

  • Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
    Apr 22, 2017

    I've never read anything from this author before, but I wanted to give this one a shot because I love books with artsy main characters, as I'm an artsy girl myself. I sadly didn't love it as much as I had hoped. I'm having issues gathering all of my thoughts on this one without giving too much away, so I will make a list. Everyone likes lists, right?!

    What I liked:

    I enjoy when books are able to surprise me, and I really didn't see a little twist coming with Rory's story. It happens fairly early

    I've never read anything from this author before, but I wanted to give this one a shot because I love books with artsy main characters, as I'm an artsy girl myself. I sadly didn't love it as much as I had hoped. I'm having issues gathering all of my thoughts on this one without giving too much away, so I will make a list. Everyone likes lists, right?!

    What I liked:

    I enjoy when books are able to surprise me, and I really didn't see a little twist coming with Rory's story. It happens fairly early (around 39%) too! I don't want to say too much and give it away.

    Things I didn't like:

    Rory. She was a very unlikeable character from the very being of the story and she never really got any better. When we first meet her she is smoking a bong and hooking up with a guy she's just met. She's pretty much a giant mess.

    Rory is extremely selfish. She knows that Hayes is on probation but constantly tries to guilt trip him into help her vandalize an advertisement that she doesn't like. There's also an occasion that she brings him somewhere when it's obvious there is going to be a conflict and he could get in trouble.

    There is little to no character growth. Rory has a lot of issues and Hayes has suggested that she seek counseling to help herself move past it and she never does. She also never becomes a character that thinks of anyone but herself. I wanted her to grow up a little bit. The girl doesn't think about her actions at all!

    The ending was really unrealistic. I think her dad would/should have handled it differently. I also highly doubt any dad would be completely okay with their daughter hanging out with someone with Haye's background. Whether he's getting help or not.

    I think this one was just a case of, it's not you it's me. I didn't absolutely love this one, but that doesn't mean you won't!

    * I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *

  • Kaylin
    May 28, 2017

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    I'm so done with this

    Look, this idea is cute. But I feel

    for the main character. She’s neither relatable or interesting. Instead, she spends all her time thinking about her art and how

    it is that her father (a cop) wants her to stop vandalizing property.

    Nopenopenopenopenopenopenopenopenope

    I'm so done with this

    Look, this idea is cute. But I feel

    for the main character. She’s neither relatable or interesting. Instead, she spends all her time thinking about her art and how

    it is that her father (a cop) wants her to stop vandalizing property.

    There doesn’t seem to be much of a plot, aside from a few “twists” that feel really gimmicky. The MC’s relationship with her mother and father could have been explored more in depth—instead, it was all about shock value. (Also didn’t reach this point, but I’m told a past rape is used as a similar plot twist.)

    And overall, she’s just

    I don’t mind books with mature content or characters who speak like real people. But everything Rory says is some scathing retort that comes across absurdly… gross? Above quote is an example.

    I received an ARC of this through Netgalley. Thanks to Sourcebooks for the opportunity!

  • Melanie
    Apr 14, 2017

    I don’t even know where to begin. I hate reviews with spoilers so I’m going to do my best to avoid any here. I’ve read quite a few books this year and just began reading ARCs, this is my third and by far my favorite.

    I guess the best place to begin is the beginning. Rory Capers, full of unexplained teenage angst, trying to figure out emotions that the reader can’t even begin to understand. Rory. Whose dad is a cop and doesn’t know that his daughter is a vandal. Rory. Who is denying a very real is

    I don’t even know where to begin. I hate reviews with spoilers so I’m going to do my best to avoid any here. I’ve read quite a few books this year and just began reading ARCs, this is my third and by far my favorite.

    I guess the best place to begin is the beginning. Rory Capers, full of unexplained teenage angst, trying to figure out emotions that the reader can’t even begin to understand. Rory. Whose dad is a cop and doesn’t know that his daughter is a vandal. Rory. Who is denying a very real issue.

    Hayes. Alcoholic, trying to work the AA system but forgetting that you can’t be by yourself forever. Hayes. Scratching at the surface of Rory’s secrets. Hayes. Wiggling into parts of Rory’s life that she’s not ready to let people into. Hayes. That understands for some people it just takes time.

    I started this book in the early afternoon knowing I wouldn’t have a ton of time to read it before life kicked into gear. I picked it back up after every one went to bed and finished it in just under four hours. The book surprised me. While parts are a corny teen romance there is so much more emotion hidden within the pages. Denial. Grief. Loss. Rage. I found myself heartbroken. When Rory discovers her dad’s secret I was devastated when the truth of the story was revealed. Thinking back all the signs are there, I just didn’t want to see them myself. I, like Rory, wanted a nicely wrapped story with a happily ever after.

    Once the secret was revealed I didn’t feel betrayed as one might expect. I felt relieved. It was a mix of emotions and an overwhelming sense of relief once you discover the secret for yourself. Relief that Rory wasn’t simply angry because of her father’s attitude and being able to see his side of the story as well really brought the story together for me.

    A mix of flirting, sadness, laughing and anger throughout the book made the characters likable and relatable. Getting to know the characters that seemed like background pieces through the first of the book made me enjoy the story even more.

    Love and Vandalism is a story about the human condition. Emotions we struggle to understand in the real world can almost laughably be under explained in a book but this book makes them feel real. The passion and rage that Rory feels is well described without over using “rage” and “angry”. The emotional descriptions are subtle and easily missed if you’re not paying close attention.

    The only thing I have left to say about this book is that I loved it. Every word was written with care to make sure that the reader is not overwhelmed by the anger and sticks with the story long enough to learn the cause. I love the references to Narnia, such a nostalgic part of my childhood and waiting for Aslan to come save me from some non-catastrophe in my child’s heart. The over all development of the storyline had me saying “one more chapter” until the very end. A well deserved five stars.

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  • Atlas
    Apr 30, 2017

    This was an odd book. It had one spectacular twist and some exploration of art, mental health, alcoholism, family relationships and the like, but there was also a whole load of eye rolling on my part and cringe-worthy scenes. Love and Vandalism is, in essence, a romance story.

    This was an odd book. It had one spectacular twist and some exploration of art, mental health, alcoholism, family relationships and the like, but there was also a whole load of eye rolling on my part and cringe-worthy scenes. Love and Vandalism is, in essence, a romance story.

    Rory paints graffiti in secret, hiding her art from her (vaguely) abusive cop father. She spray paints roaring lions across the city as some sort of artistic therapy and teenage danger high. When she is caught spray painting by a stranger, Rory strikes a deal: Hayes won't turn her in and she'll show him all the best spots around town: the best restaurants, the most beautiful natural spots, the secrets the locals keep. He won't leave her along due to some perceived spiritual connection on his part.

    As a character, I found Rory a bit bland, to be honest. I read this book under a week ago and I'm having a bit of difficulty recalling much about her, other than that she loves art. She's gritty and brash and angry and impulsive. I've noticed that other reviewers don't much like the fact that she does weed and has sex - I can't say that this bothered me; I found Rory's character to be understandable, if a touch annoying. I found that I did prefer her to the love interest, Hayes. He's a weird variation on the nice guy trope with a penchant for talking about fate and sounding pseudo-spiritual.

    I wasn't really a fan of their romance; I wasn't convinced by them as a couple. Frankly, I think it would have been best for the pair of them to leave each other alone and go to therapy. Hayes only ever manages to upset Rory, whilst she's constantly risking his parole in order to satisfy her dream to paint a lion on the town's water tower. The best romance here is in the subplot between Rory's manager at the art store and her coworker. It's cute and nerdy and made me smile.

    The art was the standout feature of this book for me. How it weaved it's way through Rory's life via her mother, how it impacted her childhood and the angry teenager she became. How it is now a sort of therapy for her. I was disappointed by the lack of actual graffiti-ing in Love and Vandalism. I wanted to know more about it! How do you create all the effects? How do you do it with a stencil by yourself? Rory's lions are pretty awesome and the ending scenes of this book involving graffiti are great and really heartwarming.

    This book is emotional and sometimes hard hitting in a good way. Unfortunately, I didn't much care for either of the two main characters, which dampened the joy I got from the artistic scenes.

  • Nayab
    May 09, 2017

    Love & Vandalism was mostly slow-paced, I thought about putting it down so many times but there was something about it that kept me reading up until about 60% in at least. I couldn’t read on after that.

    I tried, I really did. As much as it pained me to leave this book unfinished when I was so far in, I just couldn’t read on. I was still trying to “connect” with the female lead character at 60% in and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to finishing it so I put it down. Better that than to

    Love & Vandalism was mostly slow-paced, I thought about putting it down so many times but there was something about it that kept me reading up until about 60% in at least. I couldn’t read on after that.

    I tried, I really did. As much as it pained me to leave this book unfinished when I was so far in, I just couldn’t read on. I was still trying to “connect” with the female lead character at 60% in and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to finishing it so I put it down. Better that than to force myself to finish/read a book I wasn’t enjoying right?

    To be honest, I was a little iffy about Rory as early on as 5% in (when she talks about reading a fashion magazine “ironically”, I waited for the punchline but then realised the author/Rory was actually serious. Who says you can’t be an artist & love fashion at the same time?) but I decided to give her/the book the benefit of the doubt but I really should start believing my first impressions, they’d save me so much time.

  • Zee Yasser
    May 26, 2017

    I hate Hayes.

    Thats it.

    I just find him so annoying that I practically had to force myself to complete the story just so I would know what happened to Rory.

    He just seems like the kind of person that would constantly blame Rory for everything in the futurs.

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