Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Map of the Known World (YA review)

Jacket description:
"Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash, Cora has felt trapped in her small town. Her parents are increasingly over-protective, and even her best friend, Rachel, has begun to slip away.

So Cora seeks solace in art, drawing elaborate maps and envisioning herself in exotic locales. Then Cora's maps lead her some place unexpected: to Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the care with Nate the night he died. Cora forms a tentative bond with Damian--himself an artist--who reveals to her the truth about who her brother really was. As Cora begins to piece together the fragments of her life, she finds herself falling for Damian. But will she have the courage to follow the chart of her heart?"

I loved the art aspects of this novel. The maps were such a cool concept and author Lisa Ann Sandell had a great way of describing Cora's art and making it feel real. Her passion about creating things really stood out and made me want to keep reading and balanced out the romance portion of the book.

I didn't really care for Damian's character and I thought he fell short of what the author was trying to make him into. I didn't connect with how the plot was flowing and couldn't see anything all that realistic about the experience Cora was having with Damian.

That being said, I did love Cora and her artsy aspects and both the cover and title are awesome. I was impressed with how much I kept thinking about what "A Map of the Known World" meant. Very clever!

A Map of the Known World
Lisa Ann Sandell
272 pages
Young Adult
April 2009
Received review copy from publisher

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