I won't bore you by going into the details of the plot, but I have to say that this book was a bit of a disapointment to me. I was a big fan of Janet Fitch's previous book, "White Olleander" and expected something along the same lines. So much is true - "Paint It Black" deals with the same kind of issues of angst and adverse life circomstances for two young female protagonists, however there is very little else in common. "Paint it Black" is page after page of dispiriting angst with no clear plot visible. I must say it was an okay read - something to while away some time when I had nothing else to do - but on the whole, I don't imagine I'll be re-reading it any time soon. Let's just hope that Fitch's next book will be better!