Friday, 26 March 2010

Review: Drawing with Light by Julia Green


Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Released: March 1st, 2010
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

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.

Review:

Drawing with Light is a beautifully written story about a girl, a family and a first love. It's poignant and thought-provoking, and instantly captured my full attention.

Emily is still struggling to come to terms with the realisation that her mother left her, never once contacting her or visiting. Her dad and sister have seemingly moved on, and Emily faces change in every direction. Meeting local boy Seb is a turning point for her, and gives her the strength to make some important decisions for herself, ones that will change her life completely.

Green writes these characters as if she's writing a biography of her own family. Nothing seems too far-fetched, and she draws on emotions so deep I often wondered if she was writing from experience. By the end of the book, I really felt like I knew Emily and sister, Kat, inside out, and I didn't want to turn the final page. I do have one niggle though, and that's how quickly Emily and Seb's relationship progresses to love. I know it can happen in less than a year, but I would have preferred it to take longer for those three little words to come into the picture.

Green continues to remind me of Sarah Dessen which, to me, is the highest compliment I can think of. Her characters are layered, her stories are realistic, and she always leaves me with a feel-good feeling. I didn't think she could top her last novel, Breathing Underwater, but she has. I for one can't wait to see what she writes next!

15 comments:

Kate Evangelista said...

There's something about reading a book you just don't want to get to the end of. I felt the same way with Graceling by Cashore. I just didn't want to reach that final page. Great review!

Dot said...

I was just reading about this today in the Bloomsbury catalogue thinking that it sounded really good! Great review, I think I shall have to get a copy.

Becky said...

Lovely review. Definitely makes me look forward to reading this even though I'm not really into these studies of life after loss. I think love can happen in less than a year. I had been with hubby less than three months before he told me he loved me and now look we are married and living happily ever after. Love conquers all. I have no idea if it worked for the story though LOL

prophecygirl said...

lol Becky! What a lovely story. I think it's probably just me, but I thought it happened a little bit too quickly for Emily & Seb. You're right though, it definitely does/can happen and last!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I loved this book too, and I really enjoyed reading your review. It's also great to read Becky's story above - fantastic!

Shweta said...

I love the cover and I love your review and you compared her to Sarah Dessen. I am putting this on my wishlist immediately:)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I'm a bit hesitant of Julia Green's books as I loved Blue Moon and Baby Blue but hated Hunter's Heart so much. I may have to give her another chance!

Lauren said...

I absolutely love the sound of this one, and every review I've seen for it has been glowing. I should get around to reading it soon - it sounds so intimate and vivid. Thanks for a wonderful review. :)

bookaholic said...

Wow! I have to read this one!!

April said...

Great review! This sounds so good! I am going to have to add it to my wish list. I also love the cover.

Swimmer said...

OK I am adding this to my TBR list!!

I Want To Read That said...

Great review - I really loved this too. I wanted more at the end - hoping she gets to write a sequel:)

Bee said...

Julia Green is such a lovely writer, I want to read this one so bad!
Avery well-written review :)

TheBookMogul said...

I like your review, I really enjoyed this book as well :)

BTW I have an award for you http://thebookmogul.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-awards.html

Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment about Breathing Underwater and I think that these are one of those books that if a sequel is written it will destory the story but that's my own opinion