Author: Gloria WhelanSee What I See was a quick read, but I felt like it could've been so much more.
Release Date: Jan 1, 2011
Pages: 208 (ARC)
Publisher: HarperTeenMost Appropriate For Ages: 12+
Where I Got It: For review 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.
The plot moved along at a good pace and definitely kept me interested, even though I don't know that much about art. (But this book did make me want to learn more about art, mostly so I can go to art school, because it sounds COOL..)
This book lacked the emotional punch I was looking for. While I liked Kate's character a lot, I felt like I there was this barrier keeping me from loving her. Sure, I wanted her to succeed and be happy, but she almost seemed much like a character instead of a person. Also, I kept waiting for some giant, incredibly emotional ending that I just never got.
So while See What I See was definitely enjoyable and I'd probably recommend it, it lacked just a little something for me.
Plot: Well-paced and intriguing.
Characters: I liked them. I didn't love them. (Except her dad. I didn't like him.)
Writing: Very nice
Ending: Expected, but pretty good.
How kid friendly is it? Completely. I don't think there's anything "bad" in this book at all.
Should I read it? Sure, it should only take you a little while.