by Pavel Kostin (Translated by James Rann)
Summary: This is a book about all the magical new things that you can discover if you’re brave enough to break out of your boring routine and take a fresh look at the world around you. But this is also a story about love. Passionate, selfless love. That may seem ridiculously naïve in todays’ world… So be it. It’s a book about how, whatever trials life may have in store for you, if at heart you are a romantic, if you know how to love then everything will work out.
I won this book via LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program.
To me, this book is Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Fight Club. Except instead of wallflowers and fighting and anarchy, it’s street art and expression and youth.
Max is the main character and his friends are street artists. Max claims he has no artistic talent. He frequently meets this woman named Lady F. She gives him advice, however cryptic and saves his life with that advice a few times. Max can’t figure out if she’s real. He talks about life and what he wants out of it and discusses philosophy and the meaning of life and meaning of art with his friends, usually while they paint. And then, Max discovers that he can’t remember anything from before. So he is on a personal quest to discover what is wrong with him.
If you are into art, street art, freedom of expression, youth revolting against something they can’t quite define, the whole movement of young people trying to become something without fitting the mold of society kind of thing, you’ll love this book. It captures that whole… mentality… quite nicely.
I was trying to figure out why I didn’t love this book and I think it’s merely because I don’t like street art. I don’t like the reasoning behind street art, the act of graffiti, however nice, or the entire movement. And so all the lovely philosophies and discussions and revelations in this novel didn’t really resonate with me. Not my thing, even though I love most all other kinds of art.
Overall, it was well written, interesting, thought provoking, and good.