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Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  994 ratings  ·  344 reviews
The first book in a series about 17 year old Bea Washington, an edgy, charismatic outsider and recovering addict, who discovers that with her new-found sobriety, she has a disturbing new ?skill? ? an ability to see, and draw, people's thoughts. Alarmingly, these visions are only getting stronger and increasing in frequency. As another girl in school is raped and left for d ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Skyscape (first published January 1st 2013)
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Faye, la Patata
Olivia Samms Bares It All! Check out my blog for my interview with the person behind Sketchy. Such an honest, fun woman! Get a chance to know her HERE!

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An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review. This, in no way, influenced my opinion re: this book.

A few words first: this book is made up of pure, utter amazeballs. And awesomesauce. Damn, son.

When I first read the synopsis of
I don’t know why but I just couldn’t put this book down. It was not the perfect novel, but I think the humanness of the novel was what drew me in. This book approached people as they really are when faced with life, flawed. Every character was flawed and in that sense they were perfect. Samms in her first book captured what life is really like, what family is like, and what humans are like. No character in this novel overcame their challenges without trouble. Bea struggled with her obstacle of a ...more

Three and a half stars: An engaging dark YA thriller.

Exasperated, Bea waits for the urine stick to turn color and reveal to her weary mother that she is indeed still clean and sober after three months. Bea just recently returned home after a stint in rehab. She is picking up the pieces and reentering her life. However, she is not attending her former all girls school, instead she is enrolled at the local public high school. Bea knows that her bushy chia type hair and reputation will leave her on

The pros:

- Bea isn't a standard female, YA protagonist. She was a serious druggie, has a black father and an Italian mother, and she isn't a virgin. And, so far, she's not cowed by anything. She does what she wants.
- Bea's fashion sense. There's sometimes just a little too much reminding how retro her clothes are, but I love the fact that they're retro and mismatched and kinda crazy.
- The plot. Her power? So far, so cool.
- The mystery. I love a good mystery, and rape and murder as a bac
Sketchy by Olivia Samms is a winner! Finally, in a sea of awkward teen heroines, Bea stands out! Samms got it right when she imagined lead character, Bea, creating a truly unique girl. Bea is not your typical cookie cutter misfit. She is unapologetic but not glorified, flawed and saddled with a distinct voice, which maintains a consistent dialogue. Her reaction and actions clearly fit with the set up situations and behaviors. She's smart, chaotic, and a mess of sorts, but nothing is so over the ...more
Chris Mclean
Really glad that this is the first book in a series, because I like it so much!

Bea is a former druggie who has an unusual problem: when she listens to someone while sketching, she is able to uncover their secrets in an illustrated form. Right now she is trying to fit into a new high school at the same time she and others from her high school are reeling from a series of rapes and a murder. Bea is able to see a lot if what happened, but not everyone appreciates her help.

Bea's family seems realist
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3.5 stars - Sketchy by Olivia Samms didn't quite knock it out of the park for me, but I did think it was a promising beginning. Bea was a likeable character and Ms. Samms' writing drew you into her world and made you care about the people in it. I look forward to more of Bea's adventures and watching her develop her gift.

Beatrice "Bea" Washington is a recovering addict, teenager, and artist. She is trying to restart her life after a st
Emma Lohman
I appreciate good stalker murder mysteries. If you were wondering, this is not a reflection of my other pastimes.
Finally, a mixed–race heroine that puts an emphasis on her being mixed race. I've been waiting for that to happen.
And a gay supporting character. I've been reading about overly perfect straight white people for far too long.
I think the mind-reading/drawing skill is very original. Points for that.
I don't know if I should be happy or sad that the main character's name is Beatri
Erin Lynn
Oh my goodness. I did not want to put this book down when I was reading it today. It's that good. It's almost like a drug, which is quite ironic because Bea is a recovering addict and alcoholic.

Anyways, Sketchy could definitely be a standalone novel, but it's not. It is a part of the Bea Catcher series. I can only hope that Samms next novel(s) in this series are just as great.

Bea has a gift. She can see what people are thinking, but only when she is drawing. This gift at first makes people thin
3.5 stars is more like it. I received this book as First Read Give Away and it wasn't totally what I expected. I didn't realize that is a YA book seemed to be geared towards females, but I also was surprised that I enjoyed it. As I began, I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it, but it is a page turner and it moves along very quickly. I enjoyed the fast paced writing. I wish there was a little more detail and exploration of Bea's "power" but the "power" itself was pretty cool and not co ...more
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book earned a solid 3.5 to 3.75 for me. It was fun, engaging, and inventive. I really loved the concept of Bea having the power to draw people based on imprints she gets from other people's minds. I think this was just enough of a twist to set this story apart from other YA mystery books. I also especially liked the diversity of the cast, from a pretty, preppy cheerleader, to a biracial ad
Here’s a long overdue review. I’m so sorry for putting if off this long. I’m gonna get in and get out really fast for this. Short and to the point, maybe.

Things I liked:

o1. Bea’s ability.

- I thought her drawing out the truth from people was really neat, new, and rather original. Her manic thoughts as this need overcomes her and as she goes through this process is fascinating to read and the number one hook to this book. I think this is what will make people keep reading onwards in the narrative.
Brittney Washam
I received Sketchy recently through a Goodreads' giveaway.

While I have enjoyed things with "powers" more so in movies and not really in books, I certainly liked this one and the unique set of skills that Beatrice Washington possesses. Sketchy is an interesting, sometimes dark, otherwise amusing novel. The main character, Bea, is a flawed and recently-suffering seventeen-year-old. She is three months sober, and has just gotten out of rehab for alcohol and drug addiction. Not only does she have to
Melissa Powell
So I got this book from a giveaway on Goodreads. I have had it for a few weeks and really kept putting it off because I was unsure about it.

The cover description made me feel like there was going to be a lot going on, and the book just isn’t that thick so I was worried about how the author was going to cover all the topics. So last night I picked this book up and read it cover to cover in four hours. It wasn’t really the fact that I needed to finish because it was just that good but I knew if
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
4.5 for this one. So I've been wanting to read this, since I first read the synopsis and wow I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Like with most books lately. So this was, dark, like dark dark. And I couldn't stop reading.

I even stayed up late to read this and would have read more but alas had to sleep. You have Bea who has got out of rehab and has been sober for 3 months and counting, which are for each chapter.

And she has quite the talent: drawing, and finds that she can draw what o
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

This book is dark, the content that is talked about is definitely tough subjects for a lot of people (drug/alcohol addiction, rape, murder) but if you can get passed that, it's a great read. The characters are very realistic and people you wished you had in high school. The ability to be able to sketch what a person is thinking is pretty insane but absolutely comes in handy.

The book starts off pretty intense. Two boys sneak away from school to smoke a
Olivia Samms' debut novel is an interesting blend of paranormal, mystery, and contemporary issue novels. Bea Washington is an addict who has been clean for a little more than three months. She's trying to regain her balance after getting out of rehab and starting over in a public school. But she has a secret ability - when she sketches, she can draw images from peoples' minds. There's a serial rapist murderer on a spree, and local cheerleader Willa Pressman survived. Bea quickly realizes Willa k ...more
John Clark
We haven't had a good YA mystery series (IMHO) since Peter Abrahams Echo Falls series. Too bad because it's a part of the YA genre that has plenty of readers waiting to be fed a good teen sleuth and some teen-relevant plot twists. I think the wait may be over. Sketchy is edgy, grabbing and pretty real, especially in terms of the addiction/recovery aspect.
Bea Washington is a mess on her way to getting life in some semblance of order. Kicked out of an elite private school after a spectacular dru
Sketchy should have been a thrilling and exciting read, with dynamic characters and a unique supernatural twist on a protagonist with powers. Unfortunately, extremely poor characterization and weak plot development destroyed any chance Sketchy had at engaging me as a reader.

With a plot that contained rape, murder and drug/alcohol addiction, to say that Sketchy was ambitious in scope is an understatement – and I think that is why it failed. With it’s large focus on numerous topics, Sketchy was un
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Bea’s life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman survived but doesn’t remember a thing.

Born into a family of artist's, Bea has always sketched. But something changed after she became clean. And with this new gift, Bea can visualize images images from other people’s minds. Turning these imag
Far from the worst thing I've read, and was in the mood for an undemanding and carry-you-along read last night. But, while the premise was quite fun, there were way too many little sillinesses along the way that should have been taken care of. Those, and the cliched relationships, and the endless descriptions of Bea's "edgy" outfits, left me far too cranky to give any kind of pass to the romantic interest. I'll put this behind a spoiler just in case, but I'm not recommending this one to friends ...more
Sketchy by Olivia Sammsgrips the reader from the start with her stark writing style of the aftermath of a brutal rape victim's discovery, from that point on, she had me.

Bea Washington has just finished a three month rehab program for drug addiction and is now starting a new high school. Ask her how long she’s been clean and she can tell you right to the minute, and it’s a struggle for her. Something happened to Bea when she got “clean,” her natural ability as an artist was enhanced with the abil
Warning spoilers ahead!!

I devoured this book! From the opening right up until the very end my attention was held. Not once did I get bored, and when I had to take breaks I could not wait to get back to it.

Bea, is a recovering addict. She's been clean for 3 months. It's a daily struggle for her, anyone who's had any form of addiction knows what it is like themselves.

"So you don't use anymore?" she asks.
I take a deep inhale. "No, haven't for three months."
She pauses,"Nothing? Not even weed?"
Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)
Sketchy. Ok so I don’t like the name. It sounds like a name that’s been made up when they couldn’t think of anything else. It also sounds a bit shady ‘so and so is a bit sketchy’. But the art work on the proposed cover was good and the synopsis looks good too….
Sketchy is about Bea, a 17 year old (I think- I can’t remember her age being mentioned, but I presumed she was about 17) ex-addict, who has been kicked out of her last private school for being a druggie, gone to rehab and is now being thro
First and foremost, I want to say thank you for choosing me as a winner in a giveaway & giving me an opportunity to read & review it! :)

I absolutely loved this book! I read it in between my busy schedule in 2 days, I couldn't put it down! The gift that Bea Washington has is intriguing, I wish it was incorporated into the story more. That is the most negative I can get with this book...was that I wanted more! haha! But I see there is a 2nd book in the series & I MUST read it! Well wri
Wow. I loved this book!

From the start I was hooked, I just couldn't put it down. It starts off with Bea, who just got out of rehab having to start her first day of school at a new one, after being kicked out of private school. Which is where Bea meets Willa, who was a raped victim. Although she remembers who raped her, she refuses to out them because she's scared. She feels its her fault & doesn't want her parents, friends, teachers to know. So she pretends that she can't remember who done
I wound up deleting this book. It is definitely young adult, and too predictable. For a younger audience than myself.
My first mystery/crime type novel thanks to Goodreads and my buddy Brian for recomending such a great site. Sketchy is a great book for a train, plane, or any extra time. Its a great fast read, entertaining and a great intro into the world of Bea. Good start for my first crime novel.
I was thrilled to win this book as part of a first reads giveaway. This sounded right up my alley. Whenever anyone asks me what supernatural power I would like, often my answer is something along the lines of to be able to read minds. I checked the mail everyday for weeks and it never showed up. Never pressing the "I received this book" button prevented me from ever winning another Goodreads giveaway. Because hey guess what, there is no other option. It just left me pissed off because i got all ...more
I was initially happy to see a young adult novel with a mixed race protagonist and a gay secondary character, but Samms’ treatment of the characters quickly demolished any enjoyment. She repeatedly refers to Bea’s “nappy” African American hair, and casually uses the term “tranny” not once, but twice. In the first instance, Bea describes her gay friend as a “tranny” for wanting to check out her closet, which almost caused me to set down the novel then and there. Read More
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