First of all - I.love.this. It is such a great coming of age story of a girl struggling with being 16 and being
"the new girl". She feels lonely and afraid and unsure... and begins a sketchbook at her grandmothers advice. Each "chapter" is a new rule to follow, "Figure out what scares you and DO IT!" By going through the process, Paige learns about herself and others. The illustrations...oh my...they are just wonderful and beautiful and perfect. I am going to buy this book (gasp) for my own library because my daughters need to read this...and I may *cough* need to re-read this once or twice.
Book Description via Amazon.com
Publication Date: May 1, 2011
Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she?s having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.
Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and panels with images that are thought-provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Teens struggling to find their place can see themselves in Paige's honest, heartfelt story.