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Draw the Line Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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Gr 9 Up-Gay, geeky, artistic: all traits that Adrian feels he has to hide to make it through the day in his Texas high school. His sanctuary is his graphic novel, published anonymously online, which he hasn't even shared fully with his closest friends. When he steps up to aid a boy who can't help but attract the kind of attention Adrian is trying so hard to avoid, all his secrets start coming out. Enlivened with expressive art, this debut novel beautifully captures the voice of a teen walking the line of being out to his friends but not anyone else. Adrian is intensely likable, and the exploration of the "gay but not that kind of gay" place many people inhabit respects the reasoning and punctures the internalized homophobia in naturalistic, nonpreachy ways. The swoony romance is a delightful lightener of the story. There is also a nuanced dive into the complexities of being honest online. How Adrian speaks his truth affects the people he depicts, a consideration that we all must make in the confessional digital age. Unfortunately, while Adrian and his white male classmates are quite richly drawn (even the bullies), his friend Audrey is painted in broad sassy-black-sidekick strokes. VERDICT A welcome addition to collections depicting LGBTQ youth, but not an essential text.-L. Lee Butler, Hart Middle School, Washington, DCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“Draw the Line is a mind-blowing riot of a good time. A perfect book for fans of 21st century sci-fi and superheroes that needs to be a movie right now!” (Jonathan Maberry, Multiple Bram Stoker Award Winner and New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin)
* “A powerful debut . . . A diverse cast and an emotionally rich plot make this a gripping journey of self-discovery, romance, art making, and justice.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
* “A diverse landscape . . . is robust rather than a flat reaction to pleads for diversity. A definite draw for comic-book fans, it will resonate with anyone struggling with a concealed or revealed identity. . . . Bravo.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
* “While it’s ingeniously plotted, its best aspect is its characterization, especially its multidimensional treatment of Adrian and his friends; they come alive and drive the narrative to its satisfying conclusion.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Enlivened with expressive art, this debut novel beautifully captures the voice of a teen.” (School Library Journal)
“Laurent Linn had me at ‘gay superhero’—and kept me glued to the page with his thoughtful storytelling and genre-defying art. It’s not a graphic novel. It’s not a novel-novel. It’s Draw the Line, and it’s unmissable.” (Tim Federle, author of The Great American Whatever)
“This groundbreaking book will make the world a better place for all readers. It is a magnificent work of art!” (Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Chains, Speak, and Wintergirls)
* “Laurent Linn's debut YA novel combines graphic novel and prose formats for a funny, sexy and moving experience.” (Shelf Awareness, starred review)
"This novel is at times both laugh-out-loud funny and very touching. LGBT readers will find affirmation and support here. Other readers will find a good story, relatable characters, and insight into the trials and tribulations of LGBT students." (School Library Connection)
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I liked that there was very little teen angst going on in the story; that wears thin on me quickly. There's drama, sure, but no angst. The plot was a little predictable in some spots, but not horribly so. The characters and events were believable, very real (e.g. nobody was impossibly perfect). As a fellow non-conforming-to-stereotypes former gay teen (as in I'm no longer a teen, not that I'm no longer gay), I could completely relate to the main character, including the running inner dialogue, which was crazily accurate from my memories of that time. The interchanges between the friends felt very real, and the nascent interactions between the main character and a possible love interest were both awkward and adorable at the same time.
In short: a great YA LGBTQ story, highly recommended.
Slight spoiler here ------------->The love story aspect was well done and the delicate parts of being an adolescent teen boy were handled appropriately. Where the two met was also handled well, though it was, perhaps, a little gratuitous/unnecessary. My only complaint, really, and a very minor one.
The drawings are nice but nothing exceptional and the writing itself is just okay. Nothing I would put on a literacy list for school, but good for reading on the side.
This is nice, and if you like graphic novels, then you will appreciate the beautiful drawings in between the chapters. However, I had just read The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley....and it was just phenomenal. And it had a similar format and theme and was more unpredictable, so I think I read this in the shadow of a better book.
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I was attracted to this book because of the art theme. Through my high school years I was sure I was going to go on to a career in the art field, and I...Read more