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Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron
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Published June 5th 2015 by Evernight Teen
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Chris Ledbetter Thanks for the question.
WOW!! I will certainly strive to have it available worldwide. Now, because of you, Hungary will be my first foreign country…more
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WOW!! I will certainly strive to have it available worldwide. Now, because of you, Hungary will be my first foreign country target. :-)(less)
Chris Ledbetter Thanks for the question.
I certainly HOPE that DRAWN is considered brilliant. :-) I hope that everyone finds a bit of themselves in it.

The hardest…more
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I certainly HOPE that DRAWN is considered brilliant. :-) I hope that everyone finds a bit of themselves in it.

The hardest revision was to seamlessly integrate the worlds and the movement between them.(less)

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Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”

----Oscar Wilde

Chris Ledbetter, an American YA author, pens an intriguing contemporary YA story, Drawn, that centers around a young artist and his magical sketchbook which finally pulls him into a thrilling adventure to find the girl of his dreams.


Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade
Kim Harnes
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so thankful to be able to read this book directly from the author, Chris Ledbetter. What an intriguing story! Chris is SO good at imagery, and combining three worlds into one--real life, the gaming world, and the world inside the sketch book. What a great debut novel! I can't wait to read more!
Cynthia Saye kremsner
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've had the opportunity to read this debut novel from Christopher Ledbetter. The pacing is perfect.. I couldn't put it down. The characters were real and relatable.

With such an original concept and mixing elements, the interweaving of real and fantasy worlds in this story is sewn seamlessly.

Ledbetter delivers his original story well. I'm hoping there is a sequel.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harnt
I was really intrigued by the cover of Drawn, and that was what made me want to pick it up first. When I started reading, I was immediately sucked into the three different worlds (in a way) that made up this story. The book held my attention from the first page until the last page. It was a little slow in the beginning, but definitely picked up it's pace as the story moved along.

The three different worlds in this book would be the real world, the gaming world, and the sketch book world. I though
Liz Crowe
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1 part fantasy, 2 parts hard core high school gamer/artist geek meets the prom queen reality, Drawn is the kind of book that slips seamlessly between these worlds thanks to the incredible talent of this debut author. This young adult novel is gloriously unpredictable and the characters are both at times so real-teenager-like you get aggravated with them (a sign of a well crafted character in my opinion). I do love a novel that starts out one way and then veers off into something unexpected and u ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cameron is an artist. He has a crush on Farrah. He would like Farrah to be his next portrait subject matter. Farrah would be his Rose to his Jack Dawson from Titanic. Cameron's close friend and artist dies. Yet, he sends Cameron a sketchbook with just one warning to draw things and not people. Cameron does not heed this warning. He draws Farrah's portrait in the book. The most extraordinary thing happens next, her portrait comes alive. She tells Cameron that she resides in another realm called T ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who wants sometime new and unique
( I received this book free from the Author in exchange for my honest review )

This was a fun read that had me guessing until the very end, but in saying that I have mixed feelings about this read. This book is what I like to call, driving through rush hour. Why? Because there's a lot of fast and slow moments, stop and go.

The beginning sets the stage for our lead, Cameron. For openings, it’s now one of my favourites. It was original, calming, and I felt like I was there with Cameron, watching th
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Guys, I loved this book.
It was exactly what I needed to pull me out of my slump-y mood.

In a few words, drawings are deadly in the world of "Terra Sempre," an artistic world where the artists creations have life. Cameron Shade, with his too cool name is crushing hard on his school's newspaper editor, Farrah Spangled. (I loved the names in this book.) She is off limits, gates, dogs, firearms--off limits. But, Cameron Shade can't stifle the searing, burning crush he has on Farrah. Their love is a
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Author Chris Ledbetter dedicates this book to his “little Smunchkin,” who, like protagonist and narrator Cameron, is an aspiring artist. He further acknowledges his family for supporting him in rounds of writing that took him up past midnight, not to mention critique partners including Heather Petty, beta readers such as Kim Harnes, publisher Evernight Teen, and cover designer Jay Aheer. The main text itself opens with quotes from Leonardo da Vinci and Fernando Pessoa, with the chapters, akin to ...more
African Americans on the Move Book Club
We all have had that secret crush in high school from afar. The girl of guy that we secretly wanted. Author Chris brought that high school experience to life on the pages of his book. The sweet interaction with the two teenagers, disapproving fathers, running in different crowds. This what I thought this book would consist of while reading it. It took me a while to get into this book. The author surprised me when he took this tale down a dark path. Very interesting book and the detail of scenery ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The only thing that really kept my attention through Drawn is the involvement of a soul-sucking sketchbook with the potential price of someone's life. Everything else can just go away. (I'm kidding. Oh, and hey! Alliteration! Sweeeeet.)

Plus, the book is about art, and Ledbetter's character brings art to life (literally) with a sketchboo
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
In "Drawn" Chris Ledbetter blends fantasy, romance and adventure with the artistic swirl of a pen in the magic pages of an old sketchbook. The story begins at Seaview High School where a sixteen year old talented artist, Cameron Shade has a crush on Farrah Spangled a third year journalism student and editor of the newspaper whose boyfriend is a football jock. In emotional turmoil after a painting excursion and with a complicated family life , Farah hurts Cameron with her decision to stop speakin ...more
Victor Gentile
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chris Ledbetter in his new book, “Drawn” published by Evernight Teen introduces us to Cameron Shade.

From the back cover: Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron dis
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
In Drawn, by Chris Ledbetter, Cameron has a crush on Farrah. The main problem is that she already has a boyfriend…and she can never seem to remember his name. Hoping to secure her admiration, Cameron sketches her portrait on an ancient-looking sketchbook he inherited from his art mentor, a book that contains obvious warnings not to sketch people in it. Cameron’s world turns upside down when the drawing blinks and smiles up at him.

I have heard of books about people’s drawings coming to life in wh
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don’t read an awful lot of teen fiction, but when I do, I only enjoy it if the premise is original and daring and grabs me from the get-go.

Let’s just say, I enjoyed this book!

Chris Ledbetter has done something few have done, and that is to write a teenaged boy with whom I, as a woman (and once, a teenaged girl) can relate. I felt for Cameron, I felt for him deeply, and was able to sink into his emotions and passion for art quite effortlessly. Farrah wasn’t quite so well, ahem, drawn as Cameron
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure that when you begin reading Drawn, you are immediately taken back to your high school years. The years of competition, class schedules, sports and first loves. Or the possibility of just wanting to know how to get to know someone a little bit more and see where it goes from there. Such is the case for Cameron. He finds that Farrah has caught his eye and truly hopes that just maybe she will be interested as well. Sharing the same Journalism/Newspaper course provides Cameron with t ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
I received an eARC via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I made no guarantee of favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

As I read this beautifully written story I kept finding myself smiling especially when Cameron would think whimsical thoughts about Farrah as it took me back to my days in high school and when Mr. Cassisi would speak of his late wife it pulled at my heart. This was a fast paced intriguing fantasy that kept me guessing until the very end an
Lynn Smith
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cameron loves art. It is his life. Wanting to attract the attention of Farrah. He decides to draw her portrait. Even though she already has a boyfriend. Cameron think is he can create the portrait lifelike he will win her. When he tries starts drawing Farrah's portrait in the sketchbook. Strange things start to happen. First the picture starts comes alive and start talking to him. When it puts Farrah life in danger Cameron has to find out how to save her.

Loved Cameron, he was such a sweet compl
Medeia Sharif
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
High school student Cameron has a passion for art. Next to that, he’s very interested in Farrah, a girl who already has a boyfriend and whose father doesn’t like him. When Cameron’s mentor and friend, Mr. Cassisi, passes away, Cameron inherits a sketchbook. He’s not supposed to draw humans in this book, but he draws Farrah, and the unbelievable happens. Farrah becomes alive on paper because she now exists in an alternate reality, a magical world named “Terra Sempre.” As she resides there, the re ...more
Julia Damatto
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Original, engaging and fast paced.
This book is amazing! The plot is unique, I enjoyed how the Author was able to entwine two worlds in such a magisterial way. the characters are very complex and credible, Cameron is, by far, the most interesting.
The story is fast paced, it grabs you since page one, full of witty dialogues, twists and turns and romance!
I read somewhere, that Drawn is the first YA book of this Author, Wow! Congratulations, because it's a master piece!!!

Highly Recommended for YA/Sc
Kate Danford
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down.
Martina Boone
Feb 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Can't wait to read this! Read a little piece before pub and it was wonderful! : )
Sasha Hibbs
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
DRAWN by Chris Ledbetter is easily one of the best YA reads I've had the pleasure of reading this year! I'm not going to go on and on about what the story is about can read the blurb. What I want to go on and on about are the characters, the world, and intense relationships created by Mr. Ledbetter. It's been a long time since I've read anything that has captivated me like DRAWN did.

Most of the time when I peruse for a book to read, I try to pick put something that I think will have grea
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was itching to read a good YA novel that was different and entertaining. Drawn by Chris Ledbetter was just that and more! Ledbetter was able to write a contemporary fiction novel with fantasy elements taken from and mixed with the art world. Picture A-ha's 1985's innovative music video of Take On Me, with its mix of real-life and pencil-sketch animated characters. That was so cool! And in turn I found Drawn to be just as unique and different from any YA book I've read. In many ways, this novel ...more
Debra Schoenberger
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a character in a book? Literally?

Cameron, your typical geekish teenage boy, is an aspiring artist. His mentor, 80 year old Mr. Cassisi, encourages Cameron to pursue his dream of not only becoming an artist but to pursue the girl he loves. Upon Cassisi’s death, Cameron receives a leather bound sketch book with strict instructions to “draw things” and not “people”.

Cameron is feeling dejected because Farrah, a girl he has a crush on in his journalism
Max Baker
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Drawn is defiantly one of the more...unique premises of the year. Not only is it focused on art, and it does get very technical, but it also has some of the most interesting, but strangest world building I've ever read about.

I think the reason I didn't love this book is that it was totally different from what I was expecting. The first half is introducing us to Cameron, getting to understand his and Farrah's relationship, and him screwing himself over with a magic sketchbook. The second half is
Crina (Reading Addict)
Dec 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
The cover is pretty and to be honest kind of original. And also seemed the book after I read the synopsis. And also it has great ratings. So, I was expecting to be at least a good one and I hoped that I will have a good time. Had I? No!

I'm so tired of trying books that have huge ratins and praising, and I'm just disappointed and staying here looking at the pages and feeling like an idiot. Because I don't expect the book to blow me away, I don't expect to have a revelation while reading it. But I
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

We begin this imaginative read with a young man named Cameron. He has recently lost a lot and he finds solace with art. Farrah is another light that Cameron looks forward to seeing. His crush on Farrah does seem a bit much to me, but this leads him to do some pretty risky things. When Cameron's artist role model passes he is given a sketchbook that makes the sketches come alive more than figuratively. This magical sketchbook c
Darbie Andrews
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of my summer reading list! A taste of young love, art, adventure, Italy, and gaming madness. A new kind of story that connects the regular life of a teen to a world of mystery and danger. I love the main character's passion for drawing and his fascination with his mad crush, Farrah. Readers can relate to the first time we felt moved by the presence of another person who made our heart smile. Ledbetter brings all those feelings and thoughts to life on his pages with lines like, " ...more
Paula Kennedy
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“A sigh pulls through me.” This is just one example of beautiful writing in Chris Ledbetter’s “Drawn”. Chris effortlessly guides the reader through a roller coaster ride of emotions and some laugh out loud moments that had me grinning far too late in the night. I fell in love with Cameron right away and he’s the type of guy I would love to read more about. He’s crazy about Farrah and I loved how he put himself out there to get her attention. The whole premise of this book is completely different ...more
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Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited, and has over 28,000 views on Wattpad.

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