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Drawing Amanda

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Inky draws his crush for a game–and paints her into real danger.

DRAWING AMANDA is set in the under-parented, high-expectation world of a Manhattan international prep school. Fourteen-year-old budding artist Inky Kahn is still smarting from the death of his father. He thinks he’s found his big break when he bonds with the developer of a new computer game and snags a coveted draw
Paperback, First, 309 pages
Published June 15th 2014 by Hipso Media
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Julie Reece
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Drawing Amanda is a great read with a slow-burn romance that I really enjoyed. The voice is honest and unique, and the characters are a cool mix of creatives, balanced between fine art, technical problem solvers, and misfits. Though the players all come from different backgrounds, cultures, and experience, it's the thread of loss and loneliness that draws them together. And as they navigate the uncertain waters of self-discovery, academic pressures, and high school cliques, each must decide if t ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yalit
The world wide web can be a very terrifying place, I do agree, and, unfortunately, the reality of that message is the full extent of the emotional connection I managed to establish with the story. It took me a while to get into the story as the pace was rather slow at the start. Given the synopsis, I was expecting more of an active and highly motivated cast of characters.

I also felt there was a slight neglect where the plot was concerned and it took a while to see a progression. Some
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcon-2014
I first stumbled upon this book when I was browsing the Goodreads app. I wanted to read this book because of how realistic the events were in the story. At first, I did have a hard time really getting into the story, only because I felt as though I was breezing right through it. I didn't feel as though the story really picked up until chapter 5 or 6. Once the two main characters, Amanda and Inky were thrown into the world of Megaland, then I was able to get into the storyline. At first, I was be ...more
Nina Harrington
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

What does teenage pupils Inky, Rungs, Amanda and Hawk all have in common?
They attend the same school for the children of diplomats, and they are all mourning the loss of people and homes and lives that they once loved.

Little wonder that they turn away from the tight school cliques and enter the world of multimedia gaming.

Each of them is looking for something they cannot find in real life and being able to talk openly to a stranger seems too good to be true.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received this book pre-publication, in exchange for an honest review. **


The international prep school idea was great! The characters had such diversity, and depth it was interesting to get to know them. The story was beautifully told through the eyes, mind, and artwork of INKY (love the nickname). The imagery of the way he felt in color was amazing. It felt genuine and beautiful.

I am a visual person, and sometimes I will read the
Hipso Media
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

We're so pleased to be publishing this wonderful YA book. Stephanie masterfully tapped into some real teen issues and crafted memorable characters that are sure to resonate. S.Y. Lee's GIF illustrations really add some magic to book and we couldn't be more excited about the release!
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: social-issues, ya
An intriguing premise and interesting characters–from the cyber-savvy son of a Thai national intelligence officer to a boy with synesthesia artfully drawing and feeling his way to back a new normal. However, the slow pace and stilted dialogue made it hard to fully connect emotionally with several of the other characters; I also found the sudden shifts to the POVs of other characters jarring and disorienting, when it felt like readers should be with the most relatable and fully drawn Inky through ...more
Ariel Hess
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought it would be better but it had some good points.
Giovana (laBOOK'S Blog)
This review was originally posted on Corazones Literarios...This book was provided by the publisher in exhange of a honest review, which haven't influence my opinion of it...

This was a particular book. The first thing that caught me was the fact that it has gifs into the reading; it thought that was an amazing idea, like we soon could have a Harry Potter kind of thing! However, the book didn’t full me like I thought it would.

Drawing Amanda it the story of Ink and Amanda. Two outsider kids
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... (June 16)

I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Inky submits drawings of the new girl at school to a webgame developer in the hope that his art will reach a wider audience. In hindsight, this was probably a mistake.

Drawing Amanda is a contemporary tale about fitting in, growing up and facing your demons. It has a very straightforward plot and I enjoyed the simplicity o
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
Drawing Amanda is such a creative book! It mixes the wonderful elements of a well written story and fantastic illustrations that resemble important pieces inside the book. Have you seen the cover? It's so cool. Wish I had it in print to place it in my bookshelf. I love how it speaks volumes of what this book is about as it show's perfectly how the artist (Inky) is drawing the girl (Amanda), and without him noticing, another hand is trying to take away the drawing.

This book is like th
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review*

Fist of all I would like to thank Hipso Media for giving me a chance to read and review this book!

Drawing Amanda takes place in an international prep school in New York. The main characters, Inky, Amanda, and Rungs, are all in their first year of 'upper school' or high school. Inky is still struggling to cope with his father's sudden death and the fact that he wasn't able to go to the art school that all his
Madeline Dyer
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so, I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I hadn't read any other reviews for it, and I'm so glad that this meant I could discover this book on my own. It felt special, and it's definitely one of those more personal books.
Let's start with the main character, Inky. It's been a while since I read a YA that had a male protagonist, and Feuer's MC is refreshing and original. But he also felt so real. I loved how his background--and what he's experienced--has so obviously shaped his
Daniel Cohen
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Fantastic debut YA novel! I was fortunate enough to read this book pre-publication. I love that it tackles real-life young adult issues (not just another unrealistic love-triangle retelling, which I find too often in my YA books these days) and treats young readers with the resect they deserve. Inky is a three-dimension protagonist with whom young male readers are sure to relate, and Stephanie's language places the reader right along side of Inky and his emotional conflicts. And I really enjoyed
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
First I should say I'm not the target demographic for this novel, but I got a signed copy at BookCon (including a teeny sketch of me by S.Y. Lee which I will treasure always) and I like to read stuff before I pass it on to my daughters. I didn't read the back so I didn't know about the creep part for ages, I was just enjoying this rather odd world of gaming development, and wondering where it was going. As soon as the idea of photos came up, though, I got it. I don't want to give middle-grade bo ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book about three teens that get involved with a video game developer. On the first day of school Rungs takes the new girl Amanda's notebook and writes down an url that will take Inky, his best friend, to a game development site but the ink seeps through and Amanda decides to log into it also. Inky is more interested in Amanda and doing the artwork for the site, Megaland. While doing site questionnaires she realizes that the questions become more personal in nature. She's told its ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a digital copy of the book in exchange for a review.

I would give this a 3.5-4. It was a good debut YA novel, but at times felt a bit rushed.

I appreciated the relatively short length. I think some YA novels can get long-winded, especially when there is a lesson to be learned.

I entered a giveaway for the book a while ago, so when I began reading I had forgotten the plot summary. I was so surprised when the story took a turn. If I had recalled the plot, perhaps I would not
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book two years ago and thought it was lost due to computer crashes. Michael "Inky" Kahn had messed up his chance to go to art school with his friends by failing his subjects at MSD, but he couldn't get over his dad's death in a plane crash and his mom's lack of caring for him. All he had was his art and his only friend Rungs as the other kids in school made fun of him. When Rungs told him about a site to show his drawings to, he couldn't help but think of drawing the girl he had a sec ...more
Suzy Turner
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the sound of this book when I first read the synopsis and I figured I would probably enjoy it and that I did. However I didn't feel a deep connection to the characters or to the story itself, possibly because I felt its appeal would apply to more of a younger reader. I am a huge fan of YA, don't get me wrong, but I felt this was more middle grade than anything else. Having said that, it was a thoroughly well written piece of fiction that I would definitely recommend to younger readers. ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Hipso Media for providing an e-copy of this book.

I really enjoyed it. The subject of internet stalking is very real and very dangerous, and I've never seen it in book form, especially around the YA genre. The story was well-done and interesting. I usually get annoyed by the chat format of writing, but I think the author did a very nice job of making it fun and easy to read. The artwork in the book is amazing as well. I like the other themes of acceptance and loss
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DRAWING AMANDA is an artful story about a kid, Inky, who unwittingly puts his crush in danger when his drawings of her gain attention. Feuer nails both the characters and their Manhattan world. Even without the amazing drawings, I would have been able to see them. The story is fast-paced and feels genuine, despite making an important point about the dangers of the Internet. I recommend this for any avid teen readers, or avid teen techies, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Feuer writes next.
Angelica Dimeo
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sue Holmes
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Free copy provided for honest review.
A well written story portraying not only the dangers of human predators but also the all-consuming experience of grief. The characters are very well developed and the author describes the mind of the artist so well, I could almost see the swirls of colour as Inky did.
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I received this novel from NetGalley.
This novel is cleverly written and I genuinely enjoyed it.. It is easy to read, and filled with emotion on every level. This novel would be great for a high-school student, it shows courage, srength, smarts and friendship in a whole new light.. A great little novel.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

This book was kind of a light read.
I'd think it'd appeal to artists more than anyone else because Inky was an artist.
There wasn't a lot of character development, and character development is very important in books. I was just not seeing it.
Overall, the story seemed juvenile. I think it was due to the whole solving-a-crime element.
Darcee Kraus
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this novel in the First Read's giveaway! Feuer has a fresh voice for the teen readers and I was enthralled with the story. The character's have to face relatable issues that we all faced as teenagers in school. The internet (and the world) can be a scary place...
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not my family normal reads, but we figured we would give it a try. The book does not disappoint. Check it out sometimes best to check out ones your not sure of. The author keeps you drawn into her book an I'm looking forward to reading more by her.
Michelle stockman
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great book. fast paced . great character's .. was hard for me to put down.. Great Writing by the Author.. Cant wait to read her next book
Christine Ditzel
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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