The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls Review

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 friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she hasn’t ever before. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

“A dreamy and subtle work of art, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls explores love, family, and the maddening, magical drive to create art.”—Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost

Title:The Gallery of Unfinished Girls
Edition Language:English

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  • Lauren

    Do I get to mark my own book as "read" now? I've been reading it on and off since 2013. I think it's done. I think it's yours now, world.(Psst -- if you've reviewed the book here, I'd love if you copi...

  • 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. Galle...

  • ?    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 bac...

  • 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...

  • 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 bisexu...

  • 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 de...

  • Kristine

    What a beautiful book.Mercedes Moreno is having a tough time. Her abuela is in the hospital, she can’t figure out what to paint for the county show, and there’s a piano in her yard. Pile on top of...

  • 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. He...

  • 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.” ...

  • Allison

    4.5 stars! *-*Longer RTC after business trip....