by Amy Spalding
Published: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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.
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My Thoughts: I previously read Amy Spalding's book The Reece Malcolm List and enjoyed not only the story, but also her style of writing. After finding out she had written another book and reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted to check it out. I enjoyed the story line with the hippie mom and stepdad who were tattoo artists, the mixed family dynamic, and the adoption angle, but I loved more than any of it Kellie herself. Kellie's personality, as well as her inner rants and thought processes and her perfectly imperfect attitude are what make the book such an entertaining read. Kellie not only discovers things about herself in this coming of age novel, but she discovers the deeper meaning of family, friendship, and the things that are most important in life. Spalding addresses family, relationship, and honesty issues, as well as the implications of judging others. As a character, I loved Kellie's humor, which added such an entertaining aspect to the story. Oliver is the love interest in the book. Though he did not really "wow" me, he does have his own secrets. These secrets have shaped Oliver into the person that he is, fitting the theme of the book well. Sara, Kellie's sister, has always been her confidant and friend, and they have shared a close relationship that begins to fall apart around the whole birth parent issue. Her relationship with her best friend also falls apart as peer pressure and popularity become factors. These are also things Kellie works through in the book. The ending was very cute and wrapped things up nicely. Overall, Ink is Thicker Than Water is a fun and entertaining story, and I did enjoy it.
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About the Author:
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing
around L.A. www.theamyspalding.com
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