Thursday, 8 April 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Drawing with Light - Julia Green


Kat and Emily have grown up without their mother for almost as long as they can remember. And now Dad is with Cassy and they all muddle along together well enough - even though they are living in a cramped caravan while their new house is being renovated. Then Cassy and Dad tell them that Cassy is pregnant, and everything seems to shift. Emily feels a new urge to find her own mother. How could she have left them the way she did? Never writing to them? Not communicating with them? And as Emily begins her search, not knowing what she will find, she is at the same time embarking on a new relationship of her own, that of her romance with Seb. This is an evocative and finely drawn novel about family relationships, in particular that of mother and daughter, and the shifting emotions of a teenager trying to make sense of her family and her world.


If you want a tale that deals more with the reality than the fantasy side of things then this is perhaps the book for you as the author deals with the issues of a child coming to term with parental loss/abandonment and first love. Its definitely a novel that’s been treated with care and shows the depth of author research into the subject alongside a sensitivity to the issues that make them approachable for any young reader. Whilst not my type of book I can appreciate the sheer talent that it took to create this novel and I hope that it will be a tale that will help a number of young readers to deal with issues within their own life.

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