Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Map of the Known World

In stores April 15!

In A Map of the Known World, Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt suffocated by her small town and high school. She seeks solace in drawing beautiful maps, envisioning herself in exotic locales. When Cora begins to fall for Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died, she uncovers her brother's secret artistic life and realizes she had more in common with him than she ever imagined. This is the tale of one girl's journey through the redemptive powers of art, friendship, and love.

Character Development: 10/10pts
Originality: 10/10pts
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10pts
Ending: 10/10pts
Voice: 10/10pts
Recommendation: 10/10pts
Total Score: 60/60pts
Grade: A++!!!!!!!!!

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Not at all (that I can remember)
Drugs, alcohol etc: Not at all
Sexual Content: Suggestive in Conversation
Aimed at: age 13 and up

Oh. My. Gosh. This book is soooooooo good. The writing is superb, the characters are so real I feel like I know them, the story is beautiful, touching, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. I can't think of one bad thing about it. It's the first book this good I've read in what seems like a long time. It's so refreshing! Lisa Ann Sandell writes beautifully. Every transition between events is an easy flow so that I NEVER wanted to put this book down. Her uses of figurative language blows my mind away. It is the first book that has ever brought tears to my eyes, yet it also left me grinning like a fool in class while my substitute played one of those boring documentary videos. I LOVED IT!

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