The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

A beautiful and evocative look at identity and creativity, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls is a stunning debut in magical realism. Perfect for fans of The Walls Around Us and Bone Gap.Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile in the past year.Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is in a coma. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best f...

Details The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

TitleThe Gallery of Unfinished Girls
Release DateJul 25th, 2017
GenreLgbt, Contemporary, Young Adult, Magical Realism

Reviews The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    on the blog!!I'm going to be honest and say I picked this up almost exclusively because of the bi main character. And I am so, so glad I did. This book is freaking amazing and REALLY underrated. Gallery of Unfinished Girls is an intensely beautiful magical realism story: not at all what I expected, but somehow everything I needed. Karcz manages to pull together themes about growing up, moving on, and being an artist into the same book. And it wor...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    red is the colour of blood, of apples, of the T-shirt I bought on our last, worst all-Moreno family vacation .. red is flame and fury. red is thin and shallow and covers everything. red loves you back things I have learnt about myself at age 19: I need to read whimsical books via audio instead of physical because this whimsical writing style never sticks with me (in audio form it does?)Anyway, I guess I wanted to be more engaged with this then I ...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “The estate guides us to fulfil its needs,” Lilia says, “with art and music, structure and form, color and light. But it knows what you need, too.” This was a YA magical realism story about a girl who was an artist, but had a bit of a creative block.Mercedes was an okay character although she seemed to lack focus a bit when it came to her art, so ...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    3.5 stars. I really wasn't expecting the magical realism in this, so that was a fun surprise! And the stuff with the Estate was rather odd at first, but totally worked in the end. Mercedes is a bisexual teen who's trying to figure out the different relationships in her life and create new art (mostly about salmonella). She's in love with her best friend, but everything in her world is kind of stuck while her abuela stays in a coma after a stroke....
  • Anna Priemaza
    I didn't mean to read this book. At least, not yet. But it sucked me in and refused to let go.When Lauren sent it to me, it was just for the purpose of glancing through it to suggest a new title. I definitely wanted to read it at a future time, but I had a dozen things to do that evening, and really could only spare under an hour to glance through, get a sense of the language, and suggest some titles.Hours later, the dozens of things I planned to...
  • Acqua
    The Gallery of Unfinished Girls is the story of Mercedes Moreno, Puerto Rican artist who won an award with her painting Food Poisoning #1 the previous year. This year, everything is more difficult. Her abuela is lying comatose, inspiration doesn't come to her as easily, and she has an unrequited crush on her best friend, Victoria.Everything starts when a piano appears in her front lawn, and her new neighbor Lilia invites her in the Red Mangrove E...
  • ellie
    DNF @ Page 84. I don’t know. I’m not an artist, so pretty much all of the eighty four pages I read went over my head? She would describe brush strokes and I’m like “Okay, sure...umm, okay.” I don’t know. I don’t think I’m in the right mood for this. I don’t know if I ever will be in the right set of mood for this. The thing that made me want to pick this up was the gay girl rep, but then I found out that it never ends up going a...
  • Allison
    4.5 stars! *-*Longer RTC after business trip.
  • Stormy
    4.5 but rounding up because I have been waiting for a book like this for SO LONG and it was just as wonderful as I had hoped.
  • charlotte
    u kno those books which r soft & quiet & make loving girls normalised rather than this Big Thing? yeah pls read this
  • Shelly
    I really liked this one. I didn't expect it to be magic realism but I was pleasantly surprised with that element. I'm a huge fan of contemporary-feeling novels that have a hint of magic in them and this was obviously no exception. The writing was spectacular and really immersive and I can't wait to see what's next from this debut author. If you're looking for a novel with a deeply immersive world and compelling/fleshed-out characters, I really re...
  • Aleksandra
    This was okay.The story did pick up by the last quarter of the book, but the middle managed to bore me, so overall 3 stars seems fair.I liked many elements of the novel, but for some reason they did not make a strong impression. I wanted more, more depth, more color...The protagonist of The Gallery of Unfinished Girls is Mercedes. She's 17 Latinx girl, she's graduating high school, she's an artist, her best friend is dancer Victoria and Mercedes ...
  • La La
    Another story that uses Magical Realism as an excuse for a series of coincedences and strange disconnected events that are just bad writing cover ups. The climax to this book was absurd. Even Magical Realism needs some sort of method to its maddness, if you know what I mean. You can't just say all of this weirdness is connected to this specific person without giving one molecule of how or why. The story was also crammed too full of forced symboli...
  • Selene Matheson
    Lauren Karcz created a beautifully crafted novel. It doesn't have a lot of plot and is character based. For those of you that know my reading preferences you would know that I tend to prefer books that have plot over being character driven. Unfortunately, as beautiful as the writing is this just wasn’t for me. I would still highly recommend you try it for yourself. If you are the kind of reader who gets attached to characters and doesn’t need...
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.I absolutely adored The Gallery of Unfinished Girls. It follows Mercedes Moreno, an artist lacking inspiration and struggling to follow up her award winning Food Poisoning #1. Her lack of inspiration could be because her Abuela is lying in a coma in Puerto Rico after suffering from a stroke, or because she's hopelessly in love with her best friend Victoria, but is too afraid to ...
  • Alison
    Quiet in some ways, but beautiful characters and some of the best magical realism in YA that I've read.
  • Lauren
    I'll admit it: I added this book to my TBR simply because of the flamingos (Note to publishers: if you put a flamingo on a book, there's a 99.99% I will buy/read it because my love for flamingos is just that strong). Thankfully, Lauren Karcz's The Gallery of the Unfinished Girls contains so much more than just a pretty cover! Lush, introspective, and a tad bit eccentric, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls chronicles the eventful, life changing year ...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Maybe potential is all I have: energy, all held-up and trembling, waiting to be set free.” The Gallery of Unfinished Girls has an ephemeral magic that surrounds you as you’re reading the story. It wraps you in comfort and possibility and creativity. We follow Mercedes Moreno, struggling art student, as she tries to find her clarity after being unable to finish a piece over the past year. New neighbor, Lilia Solis, brings possibility with ...
  • Dakota★Magic in Every Book
    I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I was really drawn into it and enjoyed many aspects of it, but it was also confusing and vague and I'm not entirely sure what the author meant for me to take away from this story. My rating is probably closer to 3.5 stars but I rounded down since eveything about the Estate baffled me. Maybe I'm too literal-minded for magical realism (thats how the book is described but I couldn't say one way or the ...
  • Arielle Walker
    It's always so bizarre to read books set around art/the art world/artists. I always expect some degree of familiarity, and end up utterly bewildered - I'm yet to find one that actually speaks to the actual experiences of being an artist or working in the arts.Anyway, tiny rant over - this is a very odd book. There are lovely moments, but most of the time things just... happen, without making any sense and for no apparent reason. As much as I love...
  • Sarah
    This feels like a book I should have liked, but I just didn't. In fact, I'm not sure I could tell you why I bothered to finish this. I didn't feel connected to the characters and the magic realism of this story just did not work for me (and in other books, it definitely has). I found the ending a bit of a let-down. Just not the book for me.Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via Edelweiss.
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    *4.25 stars*Wow, I loved this. Gorgeous writing, relatable characters, and the perfect amount of magic. So much amazing commentary on being a creative, too. Highly recommend this one!
  • Hesper
    The last 50 or so pages redeemed an otherwise competent yet unremarkable narrative. It's more about grief and loss and growing up than anything the blurb has to say, and that part of it is handled pretty well. As is the bisexual representation.The snags were in the magical realism and the love interest. With the former, I kind of wanted the Magically Real™ locale to read more like the liminal place it was supposed to be and less like an artsy c...
  • evey
    I know I just said I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is the book I needed in my life right now, but this book really was something special I needed , even more, I related to the main character very much, from her being Puerto Rican to being an artist, to being in love with a really good friend, everything sort of fell into place for me. It was the type of book that hit me hard. Everything was written like magic, and it was wonderfully done ...