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Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits only bring him the worst kind of attention.

In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance art-inspired superhero, Graphite.

But in real life
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Hardcover, 516 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Emily May
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unlike Michelangelo, I may not have church ceilings and museum walls to hang art on, to show what I need the world to see. But I do have lockers.
And I have the Internet.

Draw the Line is my definition of great Contemporary YA: a serious look at hard-hitting social issues, with a warm fuzzy tingle of hope to wrap it up.

Overall, I've had a bit of a disappointing 2016 when it comes to LGBT fiction. Compared to 2015, which brought the hilarious Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the dark and sad Mo
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Laurie Anderson
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
This groundbreaking book will make the world a better place for all readers. It is a magnificent work of art!
TL
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: Emily May
Shelves: favorites
I'm loving how some YA books these days are getting bolder/edgier (whichever word you want to use) and not being afraid to tackle serious issues in books. No offense to the "romantic" YA novels out there but anymore all most of them do is get me irritated and bored.

This one is just a marvelous book... it tackles hard issues but balances it out with humor, friendship, and some romance. The geeky references had me smiling and laughing every single time and wondering where these people were when I
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I read this as an e-book on Scribd!

T/W- Bullying, Assault, Offensive Slurs

This was a novel that I was really looking forward to diving into the adventures of Adrian and his love for art. However, the writing style just sadly didn't work for me and in the end, was left feeling underwhelmed by the story. The main character Adrian lives in Texas, USA and goes to a local high school. He has a talent for drawing and creates worlds with his own superhero Graphite and posts new drawings and storyboards
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AJ
This book had potential, but I found it incredibility disappointing. For a book being praised as an amazing piece of LGBT literature, it has so much wrong with it.

To start off with what it got right, the art was great. I love how there were scribbles, doodles, fished pieces and everything in between. It really helped bring the world to life. And I liked following Adrian's journey as he found his own way of doing something about social injustice and bullying, or at least I tried to, but their was
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Lyra
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, realism, ya
How does this book have so many 5 star reviews?!

While it isn't the worst book I've ever read, the writing is atrocious, the majority of the characters are total stereotypes (you've got your sassy Black sidekick, your homophobic Texas jock, your theater-obsessed gay guy), the plot has very little tension, and of course we've got some insta-love thrown in as well.

The prose is like stage direction, mixed with stream-of-consciousness. THERE ARE SO MANY UNNECESSARY DETAILS. For example, do we really
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Sharon Amsterdam
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance galley of this book.

A great read read as well as a feel-good story. In my opinion, it's a book about friendship, loyalty, actually it's a primer, a guide on how to be a good friend. I don't see the main theme as that of a gay teenager struggling to find himself, rather, of a fine young man who happens to be gay, discovering and finding the courage to declare himself.

There is a satisfying resolution with Adrian's enjoyment and confidence in who he has become.

So much works for m
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Laura
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Ari
3,75*

Yah... this story dealing with hate crime and bullying, but it's balanced out with cute romance, genuine friendship, and the fun of high school (high school is fun you know... you'll missed when you a grown up adult, trust me ^^), so yah... it's adorable story all around. (^,,^)v
Chelsea
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This is a time when I really wish Goodreads had half star ratings, because I really want to give this 3 stars. It doesn’t belong on my 3 star or 4 star shelf… Anyway, I think this was quite an easy and entertaining read. Didn’t blow me away but it’s well worth a read if you’re looking for some LGBT YA.

My biggest fear going into this was that it would feel too long, as it is a contemporary book that is over 500 pages. Luckily, I flew through this in nearly one sitting. It’s a very quick read tha
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georgia ☽
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, read-2016
dnf @ 48%

this wasn't the worst book i've ever read or anything, and i completely understand why some people might like it, but it really wasn't for me. i think it was the writing style that i didn't get on with? there. were. a. lot. of. sentences. structured. like. this. for. emphasis and frequent 'ohmygodohmygodohmygod's that irritated me a little bit.
haley
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While reading Draw the Line, I alternated between squealing like a fangirl, shrieking with rage, and almost crying. No lie, this book made me feel ALL the feels.

Adrian's such a dork and it's so cute. He's really awkward and geeky and UGH ITS SO ADORABLE *fangirls* Seriously, can I be friends with this kid?
I didn't like Audrey at first. There's this scene where she's trying to help Adrian, but she's not exactly being helpful and he points out that she doesn't know what it's like to actually be ga
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Kathy Bieger Roche
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to be able to read an advance galley copy of Laurent Linn’s debut novel, Draw The Line and meet his main character, Adrian Piper. I loved Adrian’s attempts at his Texas high school to fly under the radar that bullies monitor to hone in on geeky, artistic kids, especially those who are gay.

Unaware of his own strengths compared to those of his vivid, funny and heartbreaking cast of friends, (Audrey and Trent, among them,) Adrian depends on his alter ego, Graphite, (his secret comi
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J L's Bibliomania
I'm conflicted about Draw The Line. On the one hand the book is a gorgeous melding of graphic art and prose about a gay high school student expressing himself through original comics. On the other hand, Draw the Line is yet another issue book where the central problem is a high school student being bullied for being gay/different and finding the courage to stand up to the bullies and to tell his parents about his sexual identity.
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KL (Cat)
pre-review thoughts:

- The first 30-ish% of the novel was hard to get through, as I found both the writing and characters to be rather stilted and awkward. However, upon completion, I'm really glad that I stuck to it and got through as the amazingness simply gets better and better.

- Teenagers and their extremely realistic portrayal of how we struggle to face (and overcome) our problems + the reasons behind why it's hard are authentic; as I teenager myself I feel as if I can really sympathise wi
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Andrew
For anyone who dared to dream, have artistic dreams, romantic dreams, supportive but knowing how to help friends, and whoever wanted to be a super hero (whether LGBTQIA OR NOT), this is a fun book for you!
April
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.Louise.☽
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt
My Review available here: https://alittlefoolreads.wordpress.co...
Rori
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
in all actuality this is a 1.5

I honestly don't understand how so many people have given this a 5 star rating. Multiple times I messaged my friend going "ARE WE READING THE SAME BOOK! HOW!" I actually entered into a state of reading this books where I was just rage reading because A. I had already gotten halfway through and I hate DNFing books and 2. I had paid for the book.

The good things - the art was fantastic, although I wish there was more because it was the best part of the whole thing. Als
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J.J.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves-of-2017
I'm always glad to pick up a book that pleasantly surprises me. -Draw the Line- will definitely make my favorite books of 2017 list. The protagonist, Adrian, is the talented creator of his own comic series with a mystical character called Graphite. And oh yeah, Adrian, happens to be gay.
Those two things attracted me to this book, but the original story is what made me keep reading. I thought that this would be one of those cliche stories, where everything is all good in the beginning, and ever
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QA
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, let me just reiterate that while I love the new mainstream YA novels with gay characters as main characters, I want more. I want more than the stereotypical black girl sidekick who is equally sassy and fat (I find this to be both boring and offensive). I want more than the redemption arc of a homophobic dude who violently beat a stereotypical theatre gay dude up - YAWN.

I want more! I don't want my gay protagonist to say things like, "I'm gay, but I'm not THAT gay." And this is what Adrian
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Kristen
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I loved this. Quirky characters, fun comic illustrations, and a narrator who is funny, brave, and shockingly well-adjusted. I really enjoyed watching Adrian interact with his two best friends, navigate the bullies at his high school, and experience first love. This was a bit of a change from my current "broken boy narrator" kick, but it was refreshing. It reminded me a lot of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley but with less angst. Sometimes things are a LITTLE too perfect in Adrian's world and th ...more
Selene Castrovilla
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A reward of being an author is that I get to experience friends' creations from "birth." This is what happened with Laurent Linn's Draw the Line. Laurent labored over this story meticulously until it was perfected. It's a story of a gay teen, but anyone can identify with Adrian and what he endures. And everyone will celebrate him! An amazing character, and I'm proud endorse this work which happens to be written by my good friend. Bravo Laurent!
Joy
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars. There are lots of loose threads here, but ultimately this was a very satisfying read. So far I've read four (yes, four) 2016 YA novels about gay teens facing adversity and Draw the Line stands out for its unique characters even though it wasn't the best of the bunch. Really looking forward to writing this up properly for the Printz blog.
Abbie
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased
Go on and read this book about finding the courage to be who are and stand up for others while they find a way to do the same. Deals with LGBTQ themes on a teenage level. It's heart-wrenching, funny, and romantic. I adored this.
laureneliza
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
We'll call it a 4.5. First of all, the art is incredible, like holy wow it's gorgeous. Characters are fantastic and believable and the story progresses nicely, I just found the writing occasionally awkward. BUT THE ART.
Izzat Zainal
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hmm ... where do I start?

It's probably safe to say that I have quite an expectation over this book. Never have I really seen a title that earned so many starred reviews on many well-known book critic sites before, namely Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, at the same time, alongside with many recognition and acknowledgement it has from many well-known YA novelists. So yeah, the positive blurb all over the books is an effective marketing strategy; mainly why I got hooked randomly to buy this title in
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Melissa Stacy
**beware of unmarked spoilers in this review**

**please read at own risk -- thanks!**

The 2016 YA contemporary, "Draw the Line," is heavily marketed as an empowering novel of "LGBT lit." The main character is a gay teenage boy who suffers a lot of homophobia in his high school, and -- according to book descriptions -- uses his comic book superhero artwork to combat bullies and be all awesome. Or something.

While the reader is meant to be scared for the physical safety of this teen boy, the biggest
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Ricky
I've seen this book on the shelves at work a few times, and eventually, I convinced myself to pick it up on account of its pretty promising artwork and also the promise of a relatable queer protagonist. Laurent Linn delivers on both, though not without a few glitches. Some of which lay in the realm of this book being quite long - 500-plus pages for a debut contemporary YA, seriously? But also because as much as the book brings quite a bit of diversity to the table, it's not without its problems. ...more
Emily
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars)

I was equal parts frustrated and fascinated with this book.

Frustrating: Adrian, the main character. He was another male character that I had a difficult time liking initially. He's gay, but he's not out, and he exerts almost all of his energy trying to remain invisible. While I get it, he spends his days in a homophobic Texas high school and wants to stay totally off the radar of his homophobic classmates, he's so passive and well, so unlikable. He has several much more compelling fr
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Laurent Linn began his career at the Jim Henson Company as a puppet designer and builder in the legendary Muppet Workshop, creating characters for various productions, including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films. With Henson for over a decade, he worked primarily on the beloved series Sesame Street, winning an Emmy Award. He soon became the Creative Director for the Sesam ...more
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