The Color Project
Series : N/A
Publisher Gatekeeper Press
Source : Author
Release Date : July 18th 2017
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.
The Color Project is more than your typical cute contemporary novel. Abrams delivers a heart stirring coming of age tale . A debut novel that you will not be able to put down and may leaving you sobbing and running for the nearest tissue box once you are finished. Abrams has definitely announced her arrival in the young adult community with this novel and this book was surprisingly wasn’t exactly what I expected.
Like others I have seen excerpts and knew the general gist of this story prior to reading this novel. Whilst I liked the idea of the novel , I wasn’t sold on Adam’s prose. However those fears were addressed and I was captivated by Bee and Levi. Two ordinary teenagers who are saying goodbye to those years and embracing adulthood and the challenges it brings. Every day challenges that revolves around three great loves in life : Family, Friendship and romance. Themes that have been in books since the beginning of time. Every day themes we can relate to and this what makes the book endearing and welcoming to readers.
Bee our protagonist her welcome to adulthood is rough. This was supposed to be her summer but with a best friend half way across the country and only brother friends’ . Bee doesn’t expect this summer to be majorly different then usual. She got her family still even though she doesn’t agreed with their choices sometimes.
Until fate decides to play havoc and change her life upside down after her two of her tyres become flat and she meets Levi at the garage. Though Bea isn’t prepared, the adorable awkward first meeting sets the tone for this novel. However Abrams is only getting started with this tale. For Bee whose life revolves around keeping her full name secret and dealing with her mundane life. Levi is a spark she needs and opens up her eyes to the greater world around her. Introducing us to the title namesake The Color Project, his pet project and soon Bea is caught up in the love that The Color project delivers and Levi.
Levi is surprisingly young man. He kept surprising and pushing his way into things. He was the person Bee needed even though she wasn’t read to give up the one thing that she claimed as her’s . Her name, it signified a lot to her and I love how Levi respected it yet he d charming and fun about it. I love how it was their game and it became part of the story naturally. As we need those light hearted moments as this novel had layers. As one layer was revealed, another appeared and only added to the story.
A story that by the end was beautiful and heart breaking as we watch Bee embraced this new chapter of life. Adulthood and be pushed. I love how Abram connected the points and told this story of love. I enjoyed it overall and loved the story of Bee and Levi two young people experience their first big romance as young adult adults
Whilst this has been marketed as young adult, I do feel this novel does cross in to the realm of new adult slight and should be read by mature young adult readers as Abrams does pushes the boundaries of the genre. There certain ideas in this novel and whilst I love the naivety and cuteness. This books does hit home hard and may convey ideas to younger readers that I believe should be carefully discussed.
Both Bee and Levi have these moments that are cause for concern as they deal with the challenges of the life . I don’t think the reason why Bee was so awkward was explain well despite the inishgts . It was endearing but when you are eighteen and dealing with your first big romance. She wasn’t prepared for the highs and lows of life despite show a level of maturity when it came to dealing with her sisters and brother.
The Color Project is a beautiful book exploring life and love and a must read for contemporary fans.