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Peek Inside Paint My Body Red

They think I'm next. That I'll be the seventh kid to step in front of a train and end my life. I've been shipped off to my dad's failing Wyoming ranch for “my own safety,” but I wasn't expecting him to be so sick, or for Jake—the boy I knew years ago—to have grown into a full-fledged, hot-as-hell cowboy. Suddenly, I don't want to run anymore. And this time, it's up to me to face my secrets—and what I’ve done—if I want to live...

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The world isn’t just black or white. Sometimes it’s red…

They think I’m next. That I’ll be the seventh kid to step in front of a train and end my life. With the rash of suicides at my school, Mom’s shipped me off to my dad’s Wyoming ranch for “my own safety.” They think I’m just another depressed teenager whose blood will end up on the tracks. They don’t know my secrets…or what I’ve done. 
I wasn’t expecting Dad to be so sick, for the ranch I loved to be falling to bits, or for Jake—the cute boy I knew years ago—to have grown into a full-fledged, hot-as-hell cowboy. Suddenly, I don’t want to run anymore, but the secrets from home have found me…even here. And this time, it’s up to me to face them—and myself—if I want to live…



Could be my favorite read of the year!!! This book is just beautiful." --Nicole Books

A page-turner! --CHC Books

Stunning novelUltimately uplifting story about hope and renewal, Kling deftly maneuvers her story to show all of life's messes and complications and its beauty. --NOVEL NOVICE

"Full of hope, sadness, dark and light. It's as much about falling down as it is about building yourself back up." --A LEISURE MOMENT 

A brilliant and truly valuable read.  --ALICE READS

Kept me up till 2 AM, urging me to find out what happens to Paige, and the next wonderful thing Jake would do. - BOOKS AND TEA 
Excellent story. Gripping writing...this book is really, really good. --LOVE, FINDS, DREAMS

A moving story, beautifully written, succeeds in breaking open a tricky topic.  A novel deserving of praise and success.  -- OZ BOOKS

"Only one other book revealed the true impact of suicide on others: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Heidi R. Kling hit the nail on the head. Strongly recommend to readers who enjoyed Laurie Halse Anderson's amazing story, handles tough topics with grace.  -- BOOKWONDERLAND

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754102
Release Date: Nov 2, 2015
Page Count: 433
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By Krystianna November 03, 2015

This book was amazing. It went to places that I didn't think it would, and I appreciate that. Full review to come within a few hours or so.

**Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

I went into Paint My Body Red only knowing that i... ...more

By Nicole October 25, 2015

4 'meaningful' stars from me

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Something strange is happening in Paige's hometown, one by one teenagers suicide stepping in front of a train.
For that reason Paige's mother is sending her to her dad's ranch in order to prevent a...


By Holly November 12, 2015

First posted at Words Fueled by Love.

Well, this was an unexpected emotional story! I had so many feels while reading it - in less than 3 days. Most of those feels were heart tugging, teary-eye-filled emotions. There was also heart warming moments, and smiles too. I absolutely loved the settin...

By Rachel December 19, 2015

4.5 stars

This was such an incredibly moving book; by the end of it, I was in tears. There were a lot of difficult topics at play in this book, and I thought they were all handled extremely well by the author.

“What made the difference between choosing to die and deciding to live?
Was it the.../>

By Claire October 27, 2015

This review was originally published on Book Blog Bird

Paint My Body Red is the story of Paige, a high school senior who is sent to her ill father’s ranch in Wyoming for the summer from her home in California so that she can escape the aftermath of a spate of suicides that rocked her school....

By Hristina July 09, 2017

Update (July 8th 2017):
It took three trips to the post office: one civil talk with a lady who works there, one conversation that was on the verge of an argument with her younger colleague, and lastly talking to the controller at seven in the morning, to finally get this book.


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Heidi R. Kling

About the author

Heidi R. Kling

Heidi R. Kling is the bestselling author of novels about relatable girls in fantastic situations— books that beg the question: what would YOU do in her shoes? Her latest, WHERE THE SEA TAKES ME, is the sequel to her award-winning debut novel Sea #1 WHERE I FOUND YOU. A native Californian, she relocated to New York to earn her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is now living her dream writing full time in a tiny town on the Cali coast with her husband, two kids, their Sailor dog and a guinea pig named Llama Llama. Visit her on the web at and follow Heidi R. Kling (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram)

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