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Into the Dangerous World

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  69 reviews
*"This striking combination of story and illustration creates a powerful portrait of a budding artist." Publishers Weekly starred review

Raised on a Staten Island commune in the 1980s, Aurora has never attended a day of school, and has seen little of the outside world. What she knows best is drawing. To her, its like breathing; its how she makes sense of the world. When her
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Whitney Atkinson
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF at 148 pages.

This book's idea was solid, but I hate the way it was done.
It's set in the 80s about an artistic girl who lived estranged from the world on her family's small farm, but then moves to NYC when they become homeless. There were just several things in this book that I could not be on the same level with.
1. The main character was so estranged from the world that her whole mentality is that "everything is dumb! i hate people! the "normals" are so dumb, the cops are pigs, i hate
♡ Kim ♡
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, i-own, giveaway-wins
Into the Dangerous World quickly drew me in and kept my interest to the end. It is slightly juvenile, but it is targeted at 14 years old and up. I enjoyed the pace and the idea of reading a book from a teenage perspective. In the end, I ended up loving this book and wanted to know what happened next. week, next month, next year.

I am very pleased to have won this book in a first reads giveaway Thanks Goodreads!

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I thought the book was pretty good. My star rating is actually 3.5.

Aurora (Ror), her mom, her sister Marilyn and her dad all live in a commune, squatting on land that they don't own and making a home selling things they make and from animal produce. Their dad brings in a few more people into the commune. But their dad isn't all together there and soon everyone leaves but Ror's family. Their dad does something drastic and Ror, Marilyn and her mom are left on
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First off I have to say that I love Graffiti. I mean it takes balls of steal to draw something in your heart somewhere you know your not supposed to. I live in Boston and I swear I could spend all day looking at all the great graffiti we have here. So when I saw this book was about graffiti and one girls journey I knew I had to read it. The only thing I wanted more of from this book is what happened to my girl Aurora AKA Ror.

Ror loves art and drawing. She spends her days and nights drawing
Crystal | decorating.reader
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this one. It definitely isn't one I would have picked up for myself (the publisher sent me this one), so I was very hesitant to try it, but it was actually pretty good overall. I liked Ror and seeing how she grew throughout the story. I really like that the setting was in the 80s. The illustrations in the book are really great and added a lot to the story. I really didn't have any issues with the book, I think just since it's not really my type of book I ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So, this book. This. Book.

There have been plenty books in recent years that are so called hybrids - part graphic novel, part traditional, written book.

But, to be honest, Into the Dangerous World not only fits this category the best, but also is the most hard hitting and the best written.

Ror doesnt have an easy life, and never has. Her father has raised her with warped views of the world, some good, some bad, and some blatantly wrong. Shes grown up learning to distrust the government in a
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult, fiction
This is a rather difficult book for me to review because it is so far out of my realm of expectancy and has such an amazingly personal feel to it that I almost feel like reviewing this book is the equivalent of telling another person how I feel about all their life choices as a teenager.

One thing I did not realize going into this book is the era in which it covers. This is the era of my childhood (although, and I have to admit this to make myself feel better, I was not quite a teenager during
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was seriously putting me to sleep. It focuses almost entirely on the main character's relationship with art, and her relationships with other people were developed only as much as they were about art. When it comes down to it, I read for relationships, so I'm sure that's why I thought it was boring. If you're super into the graffiti scene in NYC in the early 80s, this book is for you.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro is an interesting book that shows the world through a day of a budding artist. As Aurora moves to a new place, she has to get used to being in a high school, as well as getting used to a new society and life. This book is alright, though it strays from a girl and her new experience to a romance story, which is a large downside from what I was expecting. As a realistic fiction novel for young adults, it was easy to follow and despite the stray from the ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book - but then I'm not the target audience for it. I liked the artwork interspersed with the text, but inevitably they didn't always mesh, and I felt the artwork sometimes did a better job of exploring the protagonist's contradictions and the troubled influence of her father on her thinking. As a coming of age story there were moments when it really worked, and moments when it set itself back - maybe that's the style, I don't typically read this particular ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
As a teen visiting NYC in the 70s and then as a young adult living there in the 80s, I remember the graffiti covered trains and stations (and the movie Turk 187 - anyone else remember that?). While some was really beautiful, most of it was just tags defacing others property. The author here has tried to explain the why of how teens get into tagging, in some ways glorifying it; using a very naive character, Ror, as our entry into this world was a good choice. However, Staten Island is not the ...more
Heather Hollister
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ror is a great person. She has been through the fire taking the house that her and Dado built. She had never been to school or out in the real world. After her tragedy of losing Dado and having to find a new place to live she is also made to go to a real school. Ror is a great character. She has a love for drawing. I am glad she met Trey and her other friends. The Dangerous World taught Ror a lot of new things. This book is well written. Give it a try.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god the art the story

The art in this book is awesome I grew up in st.Louis mo. So graffiti was around a lot there so I know the look of it. But this story was so great this is such a great read. Worth the money. Pluses if I could I'd give this a 10. Thank you for letting me read in arc .I loved it so much I even bought .
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Im not entirely sure what to call Into the Dangerous World, by Julie Chibbaro. Its not a graphic novel, but the art by JM Superville Sovak is integral to the reading experience, so I guess Ill call it an illustrated novel. Sovak creates the illustrations of the protagonist, Ror. They range from graffiti to sketches, and they help the reader to become immersed in Rors world. There is also plenty to like in Chibbaros writing.

From the very first sentence the reader is drawn into the story. It
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really original novel, told is both prose and artwork, and captures the feeling of 1980's New York City. Being a teenager is hard enough without your whole world falling apart. Raised on a commune, with no contact with the outside world, Ror must suddenly navigate homelessness, and school, in NYC when the only home she's ever known is burnt down by someone she loves. Ms. Chibbaro tells her story with emotional truth and fearlessness, enhanced by the drawings of Mr. Superville Sovak. ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this wonderful coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of 1980s New York City, when graffiti artists were struggling to make their name in the art world. A teenage girl discovers herself as an artist against competing artistic paradigms. This unique novel is rife with allusions to William Blake, Andy Warhol, and many other creative geniuses, including Keith Herring, who is featured as a "minor" character and significant influence on the protagonist.
Annie Bannanie
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was too creative to not like. I really liked the characters, especially the protagonist and her creativity! I really liked reading about the protagonist's journey as a criminal who spray paints the streets and stuff. The book also had really creative pictures that she drew and I really enjoyed looking at them. I would definitely recommend this book!
Janice Dimock
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting YA coming of age story. The young protagonist, Ror, becomes obsessed with graffiti art and the young man leading a 'crew', but is torn between that and the classic art her late father wanted her to create. A brush with the law scares her into reconsidering her choices.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
The plot of this book was great and had a lot of potential but it was so incredibly boring. I found myself dreading reading it and I eventually just gave up.
Nicole Z
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it ! Arts super good
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it

No one should read this book

I would suggest this book to no one (unless I don't like them)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
i really liked looking at the art that went along with the story :)
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The plot was good but wasnt very well done in my opinion. The art was pretty awesome though. Also there was a lot of swearing, if that bothers you. ...more
Shannon Shepherd
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
After a slow start I became mesmerized by Auroras journey toward independence. From her background on the commune and total reliance on her self-destructive artist father to her involvement with an underground graffiti crew, Aurora must learn to believe in herself as she navigates the dangerous world. ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book was unlike anything I have ever read in my life! I absolutely loved it. There wasn't magic or hot fae men or epic battles (well not the kind with swords anyway) but there didn't need to be. There was such a unique relationship between the M.C., Ror, and her art that the relationship took center stage and filled up the whole book.

Into The Dangerous World follows the tale of a young girl named Aurora,

Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Originally posted on Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks:
This book was quite unexpected, but in a very good way.

I have to admit, I was ready to feel indifferent towards this book. The cover and the synopsis didn't really appeal to me, but I picked it up because I was intrigued by the art. I flipped through the book, and some were beautiful while others were strange and the graffiti made me cringe (more on that later). But as I kept reading Into the Dangerous World I was absorbed by Ror and her
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
First, I have to mention how well this was written. The story, written in the first person (which I normally dont like) was so well paced and interesting that I just kept turning pages without realizing how many I had read. The only thing that stopped me was the art (which I will get to). This story is about a teenage girl named Ror whose life is going through a transition after her familys home was burned down by her father who died in it. Her world is thrown into a spiral as she attempts the ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Ror has just gone through a traumatic experience. Her family lived on a four-acre commune outside of New York City with her father, her Dado, as the leader. They were following a manifesto he had created out of unhappiness with the government when, suddenly, he burns the place to the ground, killing himself and leaving Ror, her mother, and sister with nothing. Its 1984 and her family is forced into a homeless hotel and Ror is forced into public school
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Into the Dangerous World, set during the Reagan Era of the early 1980's, is a thoughtful story of a teenager coming into her own as she deals with the recent death of her father. The story is driven by Ror's need to create art, be expressive, have purpose, and find her place in the world that hasn't had a place for her until now.

The illustrations add depth to the story and helped express the confusion that Ror experienced from losing her father. She tried to make sense of his
A really enjoyable novel with illustrations. I wouldn't call it a hybrid since it's not hugely illustrated, but they do add to the narrative.

Ror grew up on a commune that was run by her father. It was more of a hippie sort of set up than a religiously-devoted group. When her father dies in a fire, she, her mother, and her sister are put into public housing in New York City. It's the first time Ror has attended a public school or really been around other people her own age. It's not long before
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Julie Chibbaro is the award-winning author of three novels: Into the Dangerous World (Viking, 2015), a hybrid graphic/novel about a girl artist on the NY streets in 1984, Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011, Scholastic 2012), a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary in 1906, and Redemption (S&S 2004) a historical novel about a girl's unintended trip to the New World in 1524.

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