January 17, 2011

See What I See (Gloria Whelan) Review

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains a few plot spoilers, continue at your own risk.

Publisher: HarperTeen (December 28, 2010)
Hardcover: 208 Pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book From: Publisher
Kate Tapert sees her life in paintings. She makes sense of the world around her by relating it to what she adores—art. Armed with a suitcase, some canvases, and a scholarship to art school in Detroit, Kate is ready to leave home and fully immerse herself in painting. Sounds like heaven. All Kate needs is a place to stay.

That place is the home of her father, famous and reclusive artist Dalton Quinn, a father she hasn't seen or heard from in nearly ten years. When Kate knocks on his door out of the blue, little does she realize what a life-altering move that will turn out to be. But Kate has a dream, and she will work her way into Dalton's life, into his mind, into his heart . . . whether he likes it or not.

Review by Jessica
SEE WHAT I SEE, by Gloria Whelan, is a story about a young artist who will do whatever it takes to achieve her dreams of becoming a famous painter like her father, who she hasn't seen since she was a little girl. Kate is in for more than she expected when she shows up at her father's doorstep in Detroit, to find that her long absent father is dying and has only months to live.

I found this novel very uplifting and really made me think about the importance of family. Kate has had nothing to do with her father since her took off so he could paint and be famous, and makes lots of money. He was never there for her or her mother, never called, never did anything to involve himself with his daughter and then she shows up and expects maybe he'll be nice about her staying with him because she is older and she can help around the house. He almost didn't let her stay and I wanted to yell at him to get over himself!

She learns he is dying, and multiple people tell her that she is going to have to take care of him and even though he has never been there for her, she is willing to help him out if it means that she can't go to art school in Detroit. Kate has such a distinct voice, she loves her father, and aspires to be just like him, but she also can't stand him and she wants to hate him for never being there for her growing up.

She quickly finds out that her father is deteriorating fast and he needs her attention 24/7. I found myself getting upset with the book because I wanted her so badly to achieve her dreams that she so desperately wanted but her father kept bogging her down further and further. When I finished the book I had to take a deep breath and think about how much family really means. I was surprised that this book enlightened me on the importance of family in a girls life. This is feel good, feel angry, feel sad book. I could've cried, laughed and yelled all at the same time. Kate has her own voice and this story felt like a true one, I was sucked in immediately and I couldn't stop.



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*FTC Disclosure: I received this ARC from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

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