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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 novel. Ultimately 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

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 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.


Since I opened the packa ...more

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. One by o ...more

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 weight

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 it h ...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 anot


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 setting of th ...more

By Kristine October 25, 2015

Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book is both dark and uplifting at the same time. Told in the now and then the reader follows Paige as sh ...more

By Carlene Inspired November 03, 2015

You can find more of this review on my blog, Carlene Inspired.

Paige has agreed to spend the summer after high school at her dad's ranch in Wyoming, not so much because she wants to, but because she needs to get away. A string of suicides at her school have left her raw and disconnected. The smartest ...more

By Ideally.Portia November 02, 2015


**I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

At my death paint my body with red paint and plunge it into fresh water to be restored back to life, otherwise my bones will be turned into stone and my joints into fl

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) October 29, 2015

Beautiful, sensitive writing about difficult subject matter. I've read tons of books in which teen suicide and healing from the suicide of a friend or a loved one is a major theme, so I can say with some authority that Heidi Kling does a great job presenting it. It's a love story and a mystery rolle ...more

By Moriah August 12, 2016

*This review is also on A Leisure Moment (Paint My Body Red Book Review)*

**I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review**

I’ve had this book on my TBR pile since I read Heidi R. Kling’s Not Okay, Cupid. Let me warn you, Paint My Body Red is noth ...more

By Ambur November 08, 2015

I have loved Heidi R. Kling's writing ever since I first read Sea, so when I heard about Paint My Body Red, I was extremely excited!!! The description sounded dark and edgy, with the promise of some romance involving a swoon-worthy cowboy, which sounded pretty amazing to me. Sure enough, I started t ...more

By Erica November 04, 2015

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

Suggested Young Adult age-range: mature 14 - 16 due to dark content, suicide, grief/mourning, and sexual content. More told than shown, but that didn't dampen the impact of the moral. Parents, gauge your child's maturity lev ...more

By Erica (storybookend) November 28, 2015

From reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writing was nice, the characters were real and deep, the storyline was so, so intriguing. The only thing that I didn't like (which is the reason why I gave ...more

By Rachel January 14, 2016

Honestly, this is a book that will stay with me for awhile. The subject is extremely tough, and it can be very emotionally draining for me personally. Meaning, I can only take so much of really sad situations in books but at the same time, this is a significant story that needs to be told. I felt li ...more

By Andrea November 07, 2015

Sooo... Most of the time after finishing a book I dive straight to another one. But there are sometimes where you finish a book and simply need a time to THINK about it. And this book is one of them.

I had a love/hate relationship with this one. I hated and liked Paige. But honestly I hated her at t ...more

By Laura November 02, 2015

I received an ARC when I signed up and was selected to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

This book was beautifully written. The author wrote this in past and present tense and she did an amazing job with the way she wrote about t ...more

By Melanie October 29, 2015

I thought that this was a very well written story. Although it was dark on some aspects, Paige learns to find herself and matures a lot along the way. I found myself longing to know how things were going to end for Paige and flipping through the pages faster and faster. This story flowed really well ...more

By Nicole November 11, 2015

This was an amazing book. I wasn’t 100% sure right at the beginning about what I’d think of it, but the more I read, the more I loved it. It’s another book that focus on a taboo topic i.e. teenage suicide. The writing was so raw, so emotional, so utterly fantastic. Thank you Netgalley for providing ...more

By books are love November 02, 2015

Received in exchange for a honest review.

this was unique and wonderful. As we watch Paige slowly unburden herself of the guilt and open up again we see a new young woman emerge. Watching her find room in her heart for love and finding her dad and a family that loves without burdens but because they ...more

By Zareena November 02, 2015

I’m not sure what I expected from Paint My Body Red but it was a great read! Paige is being sent to her father’s ranch for the summer to protect her from the events of the past year and to give her some distance from everything before university.

There are lots of threads that the author pulls togeth ...more

By Nicole January 10, 2016

Paint My Body Red!!! First things first: I received an ARC through NetGalley.
The book came out yesterday, so if it's something you are interested in, you should check it out.
There is that quote towards the end of the book, that I want to start this review with. Cause it's one of those quotes that I ...more

By Suze November 02, 2015

Paige is on her way to her father's ranch to spend the summer there. After traumatic events at home she needs a change of scenery before the start of her first semester as a student. Jake, a nice guy who isn't much older than Paige, is picking her up from the airport and he's taking her to the place ...more

By T. March 23, 2019


Although tough material was tackled in this sociologically current novel, I closed the book after the last page and let out a happy sigh. Heidi Kling, you rocked this novel!

I will honestly admit that I had some reservations going into this book due to the subject matter ...more

By Christina August 16, 2016

Paige is a senior who gets sent to live on her father's ranch following a string of suicides at her high school. Her mother fears she is next, so she is sent to spend time with her ill father, but what she doesn't expect is to find herself in a completely different world, with a cute cowboy learning ...more

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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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