Thursday, March 04, 2010

REVIEW: Drawing With Light by Julia Green

Drawing With Light by Julia Green
Pages: 257
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: 1st March 2010 (UK) (This week) (Yay!)
Advanced Reader Copy, Paperback

From Amazon
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.

Drawing With Light is an outstanding book. Seriously, I could just stop there becuase it was amazing! So many things to write about! :)

It was a fantastically told, Julia's writing style riveting, convincing and truly magical. Emily was fab! She was so reserved an quiet, but so LOUD!! A photographer. That's what she was. And, wow, I felt like I was there with her, looking at all the beautiful imagery! You don't get many cool photographers like this around the Teen/YA category, so this was just an added bonus!

Emily's emotions were really intense, like how she is quite upset about her step-mother being pregnant, I mean, who wouldn't? Especially since Francesca, her arty birth mother, ran away with a French (I think?) man when she was only two, and Cassy has always been like a Mum to her, but she wasn't her Mum really, and that's why things became so raw, and older sister, Kat made her realise that it wasn't all about them anymore. Their Dad and Cassy wanted their own family now. In their stupid little caravan in the middle of a field. (Well, the real house is being renovated, and will be gorgeous when it's finished!)

Through the days, Emily liked to go visit the house, and that's where she meets mysterious Seb. First when she went exploring with Kat before she went off to her university, and then again on her own.
The romance between the two was quite sweet, as he takes her breath away, literally! He likes to run! :D And I loved the whole tree connection with her Mother, trees were what they had both captured so intensely :)

So much passion and depth here, you need to go out and buy it! A fab novel which will leave you crying and displaying a huge cheesy grin on your face :) I think this is one of my favourite books of 2010, even though it's only March!
Once again, thanks to Emma Bradshaw at Bloomsbury, for sending me an ARC of this! ;)



  1. That's a lovely review. I'm really excited to read this one, and the photography detail sounds intriguing.


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