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Release Date: March 11, 2014
Genre: Young Adult. Dating Violence.
Fingerprints has been on my TBR for a while now and I finally managed to squeeze it in among all the books I have been wanting to read. This story, while not the easiest to read due to the subject matter (dating violence and stalking), is told superbly. I was riveted to the story from page one and needed to see how the characters were going to deal with the social issues they are living through. In this aspect, the author did not disappoint! She was courteous in bringing such an important issue to light and told it with grace. So why the 4 star rating then? Well, in some instances the story seemed a little juvenile to me. For example, there was a lot of drinking, hardly any repercussions from said drinking from the characters parents, and a lot of animosity within the home that grated on my nerves. I mean, can kids really be this disrespectful? I suppose so. Although I don't quite agree with it.
In addition to the issues of teen dating violence, which is the cornerstone of the story, we are able to view a dysfunctional family. Now, it's not dysfunctional in a way that makes the family seem overly ridiculous, but rather, in a way that shows how hard it can be to merge two families (of teenagers) together. There are certainly fights amongst stepdaughter/stepfather and such, which is normal to a point, but there were many times I shook my head and thought to myself that these characters need to get over themselves and try.
In the end though, all of this was overpowered by the issue of dating violence and how hard it is to feel like you can trust someone to tell them what is going on. I appreciated this all and think this would make the perfect book for teen viewers and even parents of teens. We can't always see the warning signs, but being informed will go a long way.