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A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
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Apr 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen
Read in April, 2009

Cora is starting high school, the high school where her dead older brother, Nate, was known as a screw-up and a waster. He died several months ago in a car accident, driving without the headlights on. Now her life is marked by his loss. Her mother is hovering, critical and verging on hysterical while her father drinks away his feelings alone and isolated in his den. Cora escapes from their chaotic life through her art, drawing places on the map and dreaming of actually being there. In high school she is in an advanced art class where she meets Damian, Nate’s best friend and the boy who walked away from the fatal crash. Damian is the focus of Cora’s parents’ anger, but as Cora gets to know him, she learns more about her brother and finds connections with him that she hadn’t known existed.

Sandell’s writing is quite simply amazing. From the first page, I was thoroughly hooked as she drew me into Cora’s life with poetic grace and unobtrusive style. She writes with a confidence and ease that carries the reader along, sure that there is something worthwhile to discover here. The dialogue is pitch perfect, including the hurtful, hateful fights with her parents that are so raw that the reader almost bleeds. The use of art as a connecting and bridging force is also well done. Not overly played upon, but important and soulful. Cora is a girl worth spending time with, her character deep and fascinating.

Highly recommended, this book is beautiful, tense, haunting and glorious all in the same breath. Simply amazing. Appropriate for ages 13-15.
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