What I Want You to See
Author: Catherine Linka
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Synopsis: Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale 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.
Did you ever come across one of those books that is just so amazing that you can’t put it down? Like mesmerizing kind of amazing…the kind that really just pulls you into the story and makes you want to stay there?
That’s the kind of relationship I had with What I Want You to See.
This book is not your normal contemporary that you’ve read time and time again. Instead, this is something completely different that I absolutely have to recommend to anyone who enjoys reading…any kind of genre.
The characters in this book – especially Sabine – were so well written – oh my gosh – they were like perfect. Sure, they were flawed in their own ways, but it made them so real. I love when characters seem so real like that – it lets me really develop an opinion of them.
The plot of this book has so much to offer. I really haven’t read anything like this and I’m so happy to have had the chance to read it.
This book just has such a charm to it. There are a lot of emotionally charged parts of this book that really make you feel all kinds of emotions and all, too. It’s definitely a read that touches your heart, while at the same time it has parts that really make you smile.
I so enjoyed reading this. From that stunning cover to the amazing story inside, I absolutely loved reading every page of this book. I know it’s one that I’m going to turn to again in the future.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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 www.catherlinelinka.com.
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