Title: The Electric Michelangelo
Author: Sarah Hall
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the first page you know Cyril "Cy" Parks is not living an average boy's life. His mother runs a bed and breakfast for the ailing; an inn where every guest is closer to death than life and return visitors only return for so long.
Cy reluctantly helps his mother with the chores, although it disgusts him to do so. He tries to lead as much as a normal life as he can' he plays with boys, he gets his heart broken. Somehow Cy finds himself in the company of Eliot Riley, an underground tattoo artist who soon takes Cy under his wing as an apprentice. After the death of his mother, Riley takes the boy in for good and Cy begins to really learn about the art of tattooing and the art of life itself.
Set in the early 1900's the story gives a rich look at the times. Hall manages to display many people within this book (all the townfolk have a story, anyone who's tatooed has a story) and I found myself thinking of them long after I returned the book to the library.
Go. Read. Now. :p