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A Work of Art

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  60 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 Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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)
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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.

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, stories like A Work of Art remind us that others out there lead difficult lives. Books like these taught me empathy for others and played a major role in making me a femin
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 art
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
J. Greene
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. ...more
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.
Michelle Arredondo
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can we get right into the character that is Tera?! She is easy to like and how quickly it happens. As the reader I was drawn to her...and right away I felt the sense of wanting good for her. The cover is a bit deceiving....I thought this was going to be one of those cheesy feel good books that keeps a smile on your face from beginning to end....not that there's anything wrong with that at all. I just really thought that. How wrong I was and glad that I was. This book took me to a dark place read ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
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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
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 of
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. ...more
Cheyenne Carroll
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
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.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a total page turner! You HAVE to see where it goes. LOVED it.
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
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to TreeSpright by: found in a bookstore
A work of art is such a complicated book with a range of emotions. I read this book in a day because I wanted to see if Tera would believe her father forever, but instead she decided to forge her own path in life. She decided to take back the power that she had been missing all this time. While it was a hard read, I still found it compelling to keep going. As Tera would say, "Life isn't perfect." and I think this book showcases that. ...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. ...more
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
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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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