Sarah's Stars

Emily Franklin. The Other Half Of Me
Delacorte $20.99 ISBN 978-0-385-73445-5 248 pg.   
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 16

What made me stop before the edges?

Then it hits meóitís conformity and control. Who says paintings have to go all the way out, that they have the fill their spaces completely? I do another one, this time in yellow that merges into cream. I add twists of brown, curling the paint so it looks leaflike, mottling the canvas, but still I leave a section blank.

Jenny Fitzgerald is in a house full of complete sport-nuts. Every person on the Fitzgerald team good at sports, they excel at them; where as Jenny couldnít catch a ball if it saved her life. The sad truth of the matter is that she would much rather be painting than playing a pointless game. To make things worse, her family is much less than supportive of her painting ambitions. Who can blame her for being shocked when her crush for most of her schooling career finally wants to hang out with her or when she discovers that she has a half-sister living in New York who wants to visit her? Things are finally going great and she canít help but be just a little paranoid about it disappearing as quickly as it came. She is stressing over getting the perfect painting into an art show on time and the last two weeks of summer are just flying byÖcan she hold it all together?

This novel is surprisingly real. It expresses the way teenagers act and feel as well as the stress that a lot of young adults put upon themselves, sometimes meaninglessly. I had a great time just reading this book, I found that the way the author described each line in the paintings Jenny made was amazing. I could see every detail of the sketches that were depicted. The point of view is very interesting as well, seeing as Jenny saw everything so artistically. This is my favourite part about this book, if only because I am a bleeding-heart artist myself. The only thing different between Jenny and I is that I paint pictures with my words. The author really burns into the minds of readers that painters and drawers can get a thousand words across with one picture. They use no words. I found myself feeling every emotion that the main character went through; it was very tangible in my mind.

I would recommend this book for readers thirteen years old and up. It is a good book for young adults and teenagers who are looking for an interesting read. There is some language, but it is mildly expressed.

I give this book four painted stars.


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