Hello bookworms! Today’s my stop on the blog tour of What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka. The tour is being hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club and I’m so glad that I got the chance to share my thoughts on this beautiful book with you guys 💞
What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka
Publisher : Disney- Hyperion
Release Date : 4th February, 2020
Genre : Young Adult
Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairytale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs. But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work – and warns her that she’ll lose the merit- based award if she doesn’t improve.
Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school.He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s
sold for a million dollars sight unseen.
Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well-plotted that no one knows about it but her?
Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.
My thoughts on the book :
Personal rating – 4.2/5 💫
What I Want You To See is the first book that I read by Catherine Linka, and I’m so impressed! I thought this book would be a sweet contemporary novel, but BOY WAS I WRONG. This book completely blew my mind away with how deep and thoughtful it was! I finished reading the book in a day, and I haven’t read a book with 350+ pages so quickly for a long time ~ I was THAT invested in the storyline.
I have never read a book with a similar plot to that of What I Want You To See, which is why I was really interested to read it. (The cover kinda played a role too. 😅) I was hooked on the book from the very beginning. I loved how simple but beautiful Catherine Linka’s writing in the book was. The story played out like a movie in front of my eyes because of how wonderfully she described it with her words. The story transformed swiftly from a regular contemporary novel to a great one with a surprise element : SUSPENSE. Did I expect myself to be at the edge of my seat ALL THE TIME while reading the book? NO. But did I enjoy reading the book with all my heart? I DID.
Now let’s talk about the characters. Sabine – our main character, was really interesting. Her story was written in such an intricate manner, I loved reading about her! Her character development was the best part of the book. Self discovery is one of my favorite elements in any novel, and I was so proud of how Sabine discovered the best version of herself inspite of being on a path filled with dangerous decisions and outcomes. The side characters added their own importance for unfolding the storyline. I loved how their lives dissolved together like different shades of colors and created a beautiful artwork.
Catherine Linka is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills.
Visit her at http://www.catherlinelinka.com.