I loved this book just as much as and maybe even more than The Earth Painter.The Man Painter jumps ahead two years and is a continuation of Holly and Theo’s story.It is a lovely story full of emotion.
Holly is still living in Chesnee and working for Anthony’s mother.As she heads out to see her parents for Thanksgiving in Asheville,NC something causes her to take a detour to Charleston. What she finds there will change her life forever.
Theo has been living in Charleston for the past two years.But something is different about him and it may just be the cause of his death.He does his best to keep Holly from discovering the whole truth in fear of losing her or looking weak.But to Holly,Theo will always be the one who she wants and will do anything for.However,that may be their undoing.In a rash decision to save Theo,Holly makes a deal with Fritz.
Fritz wants to be human so he can rule the world and he thinks Holly has the answer.Holly needs something that only the former water painter can give her.So she seeks out Fritz and makes a deal that she doesn’t intend of keeping.But lying and deceiving Fritz is a dangerous move which could destroy all the progress she and Theo have made in their relationship.Holly and Theo must find a way defeat Fritz once and for all.But is it possible to end Fritz? Can Holly and Theo find a way out of this mess and finally live happily?
I really didn’t know what to expect out of this book.I got more than expected.I was a lovely read that really made me think about some issues that teens face.Along with that,it also is a story of love.Underneath that, it is a story intertwined with a world fantasy like no other.
Holly has just moved to Chesnee,SC.Here she meets a few friends,some of those friendships will grow,some will be broken,and some may turn into more.Holly starts out as beaten down,low-self esteem teenager who just wants to blend in to the point of invisibility. However,Anthony,Theo,and Wayne won’t let her.They befriend her,which makes things a little easier and a little harder.
Meeting Anthony helps because he makes sure she doesn’t eat lunch alone.Holly eventually meets Anthony’s mom,who is a key to helping her fight Fritz. His mom also helps her find her a purpose that gives her an idea what she wants to become in the future.
Wayne is a geek who loves role playing and science of all kinds.One of his experiments to try figure out the school’s water problem leads to a great discovery.This sends Holly on a mission to save the water well,which infuriates Fritz. Also Wayne makes Holly uncomfortable because he has feeling for her that she does not reciprocate,her feeling are for someone else.
That leads us to Theo,who is an earth painter.He has hung around the high school observing humans for decades out of boredom due to his purpose already being fulfilled.No one ever sees him,which is good because he isn’t allowed to draws attention to himself from humans.Except for so unknown reason,Holly sees Theo. They develop a bond that goes beyond friendship but Theo is doesn’t feel the way humans do,which leaves them with dilemma.
Oh and I guess you are wondering who Fritz is.Well is was a water painter but he did some questionable things after the Sculptor made humans.He detests humans,so he goes around ricking havoc by whispering negative and evil things into the ears of humans.Going against him could prove to be fatal.
Yes,I know this review kind of long but this is the last tidbit,I promise.I just want say I know Melissa’s work has Spiritual undertones so I tried viewing the character this way.I don’t know how she intended it,but I viewed The Sculptor and God,Theo and the friends(the sciences and space painter) as Angel,and Fritz as the devil. Of course it is up to you to determine how you view them,my view may be flawed due to the ending.I still trying to figure that one out.Guess it is time to read Book 2.