To be honest, I grumbled to myself when I reached the third or fourth chapter of this book. As my MO is to not read the inside cover right before I am reading a book to review, I didn’t remember what it was about (not that you get a complete idea from the description, mind you). I kept thinking about how this book would not have appealed to me when I was in high school. In the morning, I read the PR sheets that came with the book, and they made me look at the book a little differently – mainly because of the author information.
While I was thinking “This is so depressing!” the author was saying that, due to some things that happened to her when she was growing up, this was the kind of story and the types of characters that she was drawn to. Fair enough. So I was able to continue reading with more of an open mind.
Tera is an artist who has grown up with her father pushing her to be better. He is her toughest critic, since he is an artist himself. All she wants to do is be the best for him and make him proud. Together, they are a team against her mother, a depressed and unhappy woman who doesn’t understand art and hates the closeness that Tera and her dad have.
About to graduate from high school, Tera is on her way to live her dream of attending the most prestigious art school in Paris. Her father gave her the money she needs to live on while a scholarship pays for the rest. Then her future is blown to smithereens when her father is arrested for possession of child pornography. Tera knows that there’s been a huge mistake and that she is to blame. She decides to use her college fund to help pay for her father’s defense.
This has to be a set-up by Tera’s mother. Dad always did say that she was crazy and he was trying to keep Tera from turning out just like her. Her mom is jealous that Tera has a dream that’s coming true. Once Tera has a chance to talk to her Dad, this will all get cleared up. Won’t it?
A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet was published March 18, 2015 by Merit Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.
Genre: New Adult/Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Ages: 13 and up