Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Sketchy by Olivia Samms

Sketchy by Olivia Samms
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Skyscape

Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman-the one who survived-doesn't remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new "skill": she can see-and then draw-images from other people's minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa's secrets-and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.

With a summary like that, let me tell you, I really wanted to love this book.  Unfortunately, it just wasn't my cup of tea.  First, I just had a really hard time with the characterization.  Bea.  My biggest hurdle is that I had a very difficult time liking her.  She was very wishy-washy and at times very off-putting.  I found myself wondering why I cared what she was going through. It was tough.  Chris was an enjoyable character, but I found that he and all the other characters were just very stereotypical...almost like the author had a check list that had to be checked off... "gay best friend...check; mean jock...check."  I felt as if we were looking at a high school atmosphere that just isn't the norm anymore.  This is a day and age where being gay is a lot more acceptable than it once was, and someone fresh out of rehab would not have been ostracized the way Bea was.  Would there be a few mean people who might snicker at, make fun of, or avoid Bea and Chris...of course.  But not like this, not in this day and age.  I felt these characters weren't done justice because of it.  I did, however, like that Bea had some spunk to her.

I loved the entire concept of being able to draw images from other peoples minds. That was super cool and interesting, but due to the other issues I had with the story, this wasn't enough to make this a great read for me.  There seemed to be a lot of "where'd that come from?" moments, and when I say that, I don't mean those great, shocking moments of discovery that books can have... I mean the kind where parents seem like they're going to split up the entire book and then bam, when the book ends, everyone is happy.

I just felt like there were a lot inconsistencies in the story and that characterization needed some help.  So much felt cliche and I had a hard time getting past those things. Unfortunately not a winner for me.


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