Though it deals with some mature subject matter, Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia is a stunning portrait of coming of age and would make the perfect addition to any upper high school classroom. Madonia, herself, is a teacher, too — so we thought it more than appropriate to offer a few suggestions on ways to bring this book into the classroom.
* Study the “bildungsroman,” or the “coming of age” genre. Compare Fingerprints of You to other staples of the genre, such as S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
* What other coming of age novels would you compare/contrast with Fingerprints of You?
* Much of Lemon’s journey is about discovering what family means to her. Explore the various definitions of “family” today, and how that fits in with Lemon’s struggle.
* Explore and discuss the various relationships in Fingerprints of You, and their impact on Lemon’s life:
– Lemon & Stella
– Lemon & her father
– Leman & Johnny Drinko
– Lemon & Emmy
– Lemon & Cassie
– Lemon & Aiden
– Cassie & Ryan
– Stella & Simon
* Explore the more mature aspects of Fingerprints of You and discuss how they relate to modern teen life. Debate the importance of these topics being included in a Young Adult novel.
For the comments: Tell us YOUR ideas for using Fingerprints of You in the classroom. What are your discussion topics or ideas?