The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn't been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, bu...

Title:The Gallery of Unfinished Girls
Author:
Rating:
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:352 pages

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Reviews

  • Anna Priemaza

    I didn't mean to read this book. At least, not yet. But it sucked me in and refused to let go.

    When Lauren sent it to me, it was just for the purpose of glancing through it to suggest a new title. I definitely wanted to read it at a future time, but I had a dozen things to do that evening, and really could only spare under an hour to glance through, get a sense of the language, and suggest some titles.

    Hours later, the dozens of things I planned to do weren't done, and I was turning the final page

    I didn't mean to read this book. At least, not yet. But it sucked me in and refused to let go.

    When Lauren sent it to me, it was just for the purpose of glancing through it to suggest a new title. I definitely wanted to read it at a future time, but I had a dozen things to do that evening, and really could only spare under an hour to glance through, get a sense of the language, and suggest some titles.

    Hours later, the dozens of things I planned to do weren't done, and I was turning the final pages with tears in my eyes.

    This book is absolutely lovely. The language and imagery feels like it's being painted on your heart.

    But the gorgeous language isn't hollow. It's lays out this riveting story that sucks you in from the first minute, when a piano mysteriously appears on the lawn of Mercedes and Angela, whose mother has gone to look after their Abuela and left them feeling alone. And terribly lost.

    And the story doesn't let you go, pulling you into a magical world where art can only be perfect at night, where sisters can only find reach other by losing themselves, and where love is so simple and yet so terribly complex. And it's beautiful.

    You should definitely read this book. But be careful, because once you pick it up, you will not be able to put it down. And those twelve things you wanted to do will not get done. And you won't even care.

  • Lauren

    Do I get to mark my own book as "read" now? I've been reading it on and off since 2013. I think it's done. I think it's yours now, world.

    (Psst -- if you've reviewed the book here, I'd love if you copied it over to Amazon or another retail site. Doing so really helps the book find readers. Thanks!)

  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)

    I'm going to be honest and say I picked this up almost exclusively because of the bi main character. And I am so, so glad I did. This book is freaking amazing and REALLY underrated.

    is an intensely beautiful magical realism story: not at all what I expected, but somehow everything I needed. Karcz manages to pull together themes about growing up, moving on, and being an artist into the same book. And it works perfectly. The message of the book develops ove

    I'm going to be honest and say I picked this up almost exclusively because of the bi main character. And I am so, so glad I did. This book is freaking amazing and REALLY underrated.

    is an intensely beautiful magical realism story: not at all what I expected, but somehow everything I needed. Karcz manages to pull together themes about growing up, moving on, and being an artist into the same book. And it works perfectly. The message of the book develops over time and the writing builds.

    Don't expect a romance here; this is more of a coming-of-age story. Honestly,

    I know that sounds ridiculous and out-of-character for me, but it's true. I wished for more of a love story to bring the book together. Yes, the lack of actual romance is realistic, given the situation: no, I still don't particularly like it.

    But honestly, I have no other complaints. The characters of this beautiful little book are going to stay with me for a long time. Mercedes' arc is subtly built and has a stunning conclusion.

    Angela, Vic, and Lillia were all layered and multifaceted.

    Everything about this book was great, really. There's an emphasis on friendship and family in a very mature sense. There's this emotional quality to the writing that made me feel. I don't know how to quantify emotion or tell you why I felt that way, but I got Mercedes. We're not similar, yet I connected to her in such a real way. She felt like a real person. 

    The writing style in general is just gorgeous, especially considering Lauren Karcz is a debut author. I did have one nitpick here; she could have used more contractions, especially when they helped sentences flow better. A few stray sentences came across as fairly abrupt or out of place due to this issue.

    VERDICT: All in all, Gallery of Unfinished Girls was a great look at art with magical realism and interesting characters. I can't wait for this to be published and for everyone to love it like I did. Can’t recommend enough!!

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA magical realism story about a girl who was an artist, but had a bit of a creative block.

    Mercedes was an okay character although she seemed to lack focus a bit when it came to her art, so it was good for her when Lilia turned up to help her.

    The s

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA magical realism story about a girl who was an artist, but had a bit of a creative block.

    Mercedes was an okay character although she seemed to lack focus a bit when it came to her art, so it was good for her when Lilia turned up to help her.

    The storyline in this was about Mercedes and her sister living alone for a short time while their mother went to look after their Abuela who was in a coma. Mercedes was having a bit of artist’s block, while her sister suddenly took to playing the piano that appeared in their garden one day. Then a new neighbour turned up – Lilia, who took Mercedes to an old building where she was able to paint, although the artwork couldn’t be taken out of the building without it disappearing.

    We also got a storyline about Mercedes having romantic feelings toward her best friend Victoria, but the story didn’t really focus on the romance.

    The ending to this was okay, but overall I found this to be quite an odd story.

    6.25 out of 10

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    3.5 stars. I really wasn't expecting the magical realism in this, so that was a fun surprise! And the stuff with the Estate was rather odd at first, but totally worked in the end.

    Mercedes is a bisexual teen who's trying to figure out the different relationships in her life and create new art (mostly about salmonella). She's in love with her best friend, but everything in her world is kind of stuck while her abuela stays in a coma after a stroke. The book description actually sums things up real

    3.5 stars. I really wasn't expecting the magical realism in this, so that was a fun surprise! And the stuff with the Estate was rather odd at first, but totally worked in the end.

    Mercedes is a bisexual teen who's trying to figure out the different relationships in her life and create new art (mostly about salmonella). She's in love with her best friend, but everything in her world is kind of stuck while her abuela stays in a coma after a stroke. The book description actually sums things up really well, so I won't get into more.

    This was a hard rating because I have positive feelings towards the book as a whole now that it's over, but really wasn't ever particularly into the story while reading it. I have zero love for modern art and there was a LOT of that woven throughout the story. I tried not to let my irritation with the artists that Mercedes loved affect how I viewed the story, but that probably did lessen my enthusiasm...

    But right now I do think it was well written and really beautiful in parts! It's an impressive debut and I'd recommend it if you like contemporaries with a hint of magic.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    me, realising this is a cute book about a artist girl possibly getting herself a cute gf

    im in for my wlw girls


Top Books is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.