Drawn by Chris Ledbetter
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Evernight Teen on June 5, 2015
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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 discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request. To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book. If he fails… they both die.
I saw the cover and synopsis of Chris Ledbetter’s debut novel Drawn and it immediately caught my attention. Several months later we are having a casual conversation about writing, the inspiration of, soccer, yes soccer, more writing and the list goes on. We’ve even put a twist on this Casual Conversation because we want to hear from you, the reader and listener and get your input. Be sure to visit the giveaway post for the prompt and join in the discussion. Enjoy!
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 the opportunity to showcase his artistic abilities and empress Farrah, the head of the newspaper.
Just when Cameron believes that things may be going his way for the better, there is a huge turn of events in the novel. No longer is Cameron looking at Farrah as just a friend, but now a friend that is in danger and only he has the power to save her from that great danger she is now in. A power that is lead by the stroke of Cameron’s pen on paper.
Originality, is the first word that comes to mind with this debut young adult novel. I never saw what was coming, until it hit me and there was no question that I had to continue on to see where Mr. Ledbetter was taking his readers. The major change of events and twists throughout the novel create a powerhouse atmosphere of adventure. Great character development and descriptions, along with the vibrant description of the over setting throughout the novel brings the storyline to life through a full circle of excitement. Readers are in for a treat with the mixture of realistic fiction and fantasy all twisted into one. It will surely be hard to put it down once you get started. Drawn. Be careful that you aren’t drawn in too deeply with no way of getting out.
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