I’M SO SORRY I HAVEN’T POSTED IN AGES. (and this post is late because of WP difficulties and I’m sorry about that too!!)
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Title: WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE
Author: Catherine Linka
Pub. Date: February 4, 2020
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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?
This was a really interesting book.
First of all, I LOVE THE COVER. IT’S LITERALLY GORGEOUS.
Anyways, Sabine was a sort of meh character in my opinion- I felt bad for her and all, but she was… kind of boring? I did like her art descriptions, though!
She had a traumatizing past but the whole ordeal was so confusing that I still don’t understand everything. Who was Haley again? Was her mom alive at the beginning or was she already dead? What about her dad?
Either they weren’t properly explained, or I have a bad memory 😉
One thing I did really enjoy about What I Want You To See was the art! I loved reading about different styles of art and how the classes were. It seemed fairly realistic and really intriguing- the level of stress it puts on someone, especially someone with a scholarship, and the cutthroat competition.
Kevin, the love interest, started off as a strong character. I liked him and I wished Sabine would like him, not ****, but alas, she was a dunderhead (I like saying ‘dunderhead’ lol).
Eventually, though, while she realized her feelings for him, he became more and more uninteresting. Which is a pity because he had the potential to change the book for the better.
Finally, the whole ‘heist’ and crime was the best part! (actually second best to the art, but potato potahto). I found it super cool to follow (yes, I know, that sounds shady BUT) and the outcome actually completely took me by surprise!
Overall, this book was a 3.5-star read, rounded to four. Thank you soo much to Rockstar Book Tours and the author and publishers for this opportunity!
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Thank you so much for reading this!! I’ll start posting more consistently soon.
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