Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren't particularly close--at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

What readers are saying about Paintbrush:

I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed YA contemporaries until now. Because I honestly gave up on them after Jandy Nelson’s books, I’ll Give You The Sun and The Sky Is Everywhere, because every book I read afterwards just didn’t come close to their perfection. But then this one was like a mashup of these two, only it was way more exotic and beautiful. I loved it.
— Painfully Fictional Book Blog
From the first page I was captured by the world of Paintbrush and by Mitchell and Josie’s story. Mitchell and Josie were great main characters - likable and relatable. Their friends to lovers romance was adorable and it developed at a perfect speed. Hannah did a fantastic job of developing the world of Paintbrush - I felt like I was right there with the characters. And that ending? SWOON. I’m so excited for Hannah’s next book!
— Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
I recommend it to everyone who loves YA contemporary romances, especially Morgan Matson fans.
— Britt, Goodreads Reader
Hannah Bucchin’s writing is phenomenal. I loved how her book is two POVs, but it flowed seamlessly. Also, her scenery and imagery is SO beautiful. I need to find a place like Paintbrush and visit immediately.
— Kari, Goodreads Reader