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A Work of Art

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Shy, artistic Tera can't wait to attend a prestigious art school in France to prove to her famous artist father that she can make something of herself.

But Tera's hopes for the future explode when the police arrest her dad for an unspeakable crime. Her father's arrest must be a mistake, so Tera goes into action, sacrificing her future at art school to pay for his defense.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 18th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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    Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    Review: Work of Art by Melody Maysonet

    The synopsis of this book grabbed me right away and when I was offered the book for a review I jumped at it. I received the book, opened it up for a sneak peek because I always do when I get a new book and this was not the next read on my list.... well that peak turned into a one sitting read. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down. It was amazing, heartbreaking, disturbing, suspenseful, and beautiful. I loved it from the first page to the last.

    Tori Kelley
    Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    I just finished reading A WORK OF ART by Melody Maysonet, and had to write a review because it was so well done. My Ph.D. is in Marriage and Family Therapy and I felt the family dynamics that Maysonet set up were a perfect depiction of how insidious relationships develop and fester until the family unit is broken down into horrific parts. The father is manipulative and cunning, pitting his daughter against her mother. He convinces not only Tera, the main character, that her mother is crazy, but ...more
    Kelly Hager
    Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
    This is an incredibly good book but also an incredibly hard one. I liked Tera immediately, and because of that I felt protective---and because of THAT, a lot of things in this book made me angry. Like a lot of teenage girls (okay, like a lot of people in general), she doesn't always make the best decisions.

    Anyway, Tera's entire life, she's wanted to become an artist. (As in professionally, not as a hobby.) Her dream's very close to coming true...until her dad is accused of a crime that she's sur
    Dawn Freeman
    Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
    Tera has a bright future if she can get through her senior year of high school. She is anxious to escape her emotionally absent mother and attend an elite art school in Paris. Her father has always been supportive and encouraged her talents, so when he is arrested for an unspeakable crime, Tera is willing to give up her future to defend him. The characters in this novel are well-developed and realistically flawed which creates a stark- and often dark world. A Work of Art is a mesmerizing portray ...more
    Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was a finished copy I got from YA Books Central for review.

    4.5 stars.

    Diversity Rating: 1 – Tokenism

    1 (Asian character who is barely present)
    QUILTBAG: 1 (bisexual woman who is barely present)
    Disability: 0
    Intersectionality: 0

    It seems silly to read fiction knowing it will make you feel horrible and angry, but it’s a good way to see how many different kinds of people and stories are out there. For those of us that live charmed lives, s
    Beth  (YA Books Central)
    Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
    "Painting my dad was all about mood. Saturated blue for the sharp odor of paint. Muddy green for the faint whiff of mildew. Murky gray for the stink of ashes. A sparse room, textured like white noise, with crooked lines and lots of obtuse angles. Then in the center, the stretched shadow of a man. That was my dad."

    A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet is a deep and riveting psychological thriller that delves into the dark secrets of Tera Waters life and her family......Tera is an up and coming artis
    Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    2.5 stars

    I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

    I'm struggling a little with my thoughts on this book. I finished it and instead of writing down what I thought right away I gave myself time to think about it. The time was needed for me to figure out how I felt about it. I think the reason that I struggled so much was because there are many
    May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
    *A special thanks to Merit Press for this review copy*
    I don't know what I thought--but this book was not what I thought. Okay, that sounds confusing. Let me explain. I think I had it in my mind that this book was going to be some kind of mystery--centered around a major misunderstanding. I was wrong. Oh, so wrong. This book was hard to read. I was kind of blown away by how dark this read turned out to be. I felt shame, disgust, sorrow, pity--a plethora of emotions. Most of them pretty strong.

    I c
    Joann Alder
    Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    Tear pulls at your heart. You want to protect her, warn her, and comfort her. Each character stirs an emotion. Some you despise, some you relate to, some you want to protect. This novel leaves you hoping and praying for the future of Tera and, at least for me, her mother. That they both heal, and grow, and fully forgive themselves. They both were manipulated and used, becoming victims of a manipulative man, but I see them both overcoming. Wonderful book that takes a horrific topic and a
    Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
    Maysonet's YA debut is fresh and edgy. I appreciate how the hot guy doesn't turn out to be her hero. Sometimes young women choose the wrong guys, and it's fine to acknowledge this. I look forward to more from this author.
    Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Great book. Coming Into this, I thought it would be somewhat lighthearted but it wasn’t. There was something very dark behind this, which through me of. The characters build was good, and I loved Tera. She spent her whole life wanting to please others but at the end of the book it really pulled that together. I was very confused about the whole situation with her Dad though at the end. Was he convinced or was he not? It never said.
    Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 4-stars, hard-hitting
    I got this book free from the library. I didn't know anything about it. I knew if I didn't start reading it right away it would sit on my shelf unread.. so I started right away, and I couldn't put it down. I read this book in 2 days. It kept me on my toes... it was fast paced and very twisted. It's a darker YA novel about very heavy subject matter, so just a warning. It's a sad story and one that you aren't expecting. The author really thought about the character dynamics which I was impressed w ...more
    Audrey Wilkerson
    To be honest, I grumbled to myself when I reached the third or fourth chapter of this book. As my MO is to not read the inside cover right before I am reading a book to review, I didn't remember what it was about (not that you get a complete idea from the description, mind you). I kept thinking about how this book would not have appealed to me when I was in high school. In the morning, I read the PR sheets that came with the book, and they made me look at the book a little differently - mainly b ...more
    Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I thought this book was well written, mistakes are made just as real life and views are changed as happens when you grow older. Growing up is hard to see how the world is right in front of you. May not be for those of younger audience, but very good story. I received this book from GoodReads to give an honest review.
    Margo Kelly
    Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
    Oh. Boy. This book made me so sad! It was very well written, but the content was heart wrenching as the main character was forced to acknowledge the truth of her childhood. I physically cringed as I read this book.

    So ... if you're an escapist reader who enjoys rainbows and unicorns, this book is not for you. But if you want a raw emotional story that deals with sexual abuse and the low self-esteem that often results from it, check out this book. But be aware - if you are a victim of abuse there
    May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
    I received this book free from Goodreads! Thank you!

    This is a book that I would have passed by - but it definitely made me not want to put it down.

    Tera, was a talented artist that learned the hard way from her father. He tried to mould her to his way and against her mother. Tera wanted her dad's honest love, but never got it. I found the book fascinating but I also was very uncomfortable reading it. Melody made Tera into someone I knew, loved & I wanted the best for her.

    I wish the story had
    Kerry Cerra
    May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya
    Though this book was a quick read, it led me down a labyrinth of emotional twists and turns that left my stomach literally sick. But, I also cheered wildly when Tera finally found her voice. A gripping story of truth, loyalty, and chasing one's dreams, A Work of Art is brilliantly written and a story I will not forget.
    Cheyenne Carroll
    Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: non-fiction
    This was an incredible book but also a very hard one to read. I loved the main character from the beginning and I found it hard to see her going through that and struggling like she did it was a very well written book.
    Diane Ippolito
    Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
    A Work Of Art is a beautifully written book. The author, Melody Maysonet, captured my attention from the very first page. I look forward to reading more novels from her in the near future!
    Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This book was a total page turner! You HAVE to see where it goes. LOVED it.
    Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    This book was brilliantly written, from the first paragraph to the last. Very tough subject matters, especially for a YA novel but the author did an incredible job dealing with them.
    Carol Riggs
    Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I don’t usually read contemporary books (I won this book rather than buying it), and the grittiness of this novel is partly why. However, I must say it is well written, with gut-wrenching emotions, seedy lifestyles, and betrayal portrayed in a raw and genuine way. It uses the F-word frequently, contains fairly explicit scenes of drugs and teen sex, and involves the main character’s father being involved with child pornography. Some readers may be able to identify with Tera and learn to stand up ...more
    Karyna Markman
    Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A Work Of Art By Melody Maysonet is an everyday problem girls and boys are facing. This book opened up my mind to understand that this problem can really effect someone's life. I felt bad for Tera, she didn't understand what her father made her do, witch made it a big problem in the End.
    Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A compelling, suspenseful read. The teen MC is a flawed and dimensional character. I feared for Tera, then cried and cheered for her. The author Maysonet draws a realistic and unflinching picture of sexual and emotional abuse in different forms.
    This was a painful read, in large part because of the subject matter, but also because of Tera's appallingly poor decision making. You know early on that Tera's father is guilty (this is evident even before you start reading Tera's childhood flashbacks, it's really not a spoiler) so you're left watching Tera tear up her own life to help her father and it's extremely frustrating. However, what the book does very well is reflect real life patterns of childhood sexual abuse:

    - abusers are extremely
    Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
    A warning about this book: it is not easy - or pleasant - to read.

    Melody Maysonet writes an often brutal, always emotionally challenging story that depends on the likability of its main character in order for it to work. Fortunately, in Tera, Maysonet has one.

    The adored daughter of a revered artist father and a mother she believes to be crazy, Tera is on the brink of graduating from high school and heading to Paris to attend a prestigious art school. This will be her chance to emerge from her pr
    Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
    Shelves: reviewed
    This book was interesting in concept, but the execution was not as good as it could have been. In it, seventeen-year-old Tera’s father is arrested and Tera tries to defend him, convinced that he’s innocent. It was a very heavy charge Tera’s father was convicted of (possession of child pornography) and it made Tera reconsider many moments from her childhood. A charge like that is huge and life-altering, but I really didn’t see any major reaction in any of the characters. Sure, they show something ...more
    Reading is my Escape
    A Work of Art - Review
    Tera looks up to her famous artist father. With a scholarship to a top-notch art school, she hopes to impress the man who's been her role model all her life. Then, out of nowhere, Tera's father is accused of a hideous crime. Tera knows there's not even a shred of truth to the allegations. Or is there? And if the worst happens, can Tera ever trust anyone again?
    -from the book jacket

    Ok, I finished reading this book a while ago. It didn't take me long at all. But, I am find
    Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
    I was all over this one; I bought into it hook, line and sinker. My emotions were high, I was getting angrier by the second, the anticipation couldn’t be much higher and then awe and the story began to mellow itself out for awhile so I could calm myself down. This novel traveled distances, covered miles, spoke truths and uncovered individuals before the book finally came to a close. The novel was definitely A Work Of Art.
    Tera is an artist, following in her father’s footsteps, since the age of 9
    Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
    NOTE: I received a free copy of the book from the author & Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

    I liked this book. It was an intense read as you follow Tera, the main character, through the story and figure out what she is going through. Tera makes a number of decisions that you, as an outsider looking in, wish she hadn't made. She believes in her father and gives up her future in order to help him because her mother is not willing to do so.

    Overall, it was a good story with (mostly) li
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    Melody Maysonet has been an English teacher, editor, columnist, and ghostwriter. A self-proclaimed geek, she loves reading fantasy but prefers writing edgy, real-world fiction—as evidenced by her first novel, A WORK OF ART, which won the 2016 Hoffer Award for best fiction and was named a Best Book of 2015 by YA Books Central. Melody lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband, son, and two c ...more
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