See What I See
See What I See
Harper Teen, Hardcover, 9780061255458, 199pp.
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Kate Tapert sees her life in paintings. She makes sense of the world around her by relating it to what she adoresart. Armed with a suitcase, some canvases, and a scholarship to art school in Detroit, Kate is ready to leave home and fully immerse herself in painting. Sounds like heaven. All Kate needs is a place to stay.
That place is the home of her father, famous and reclusive artist Dalton Quinn, a father she hasn't seen or heard from in nearly ten years. When Kate knocks on his door out of the blue, little does she realize what a life-altering move that will turn out to be. But Kate has a dream, and she will work her way into Dalton's life, into his mind, into his heart . . . whether he likes it or not.
“Beautifully expressing adolescent uncertainties and yearnings, this intimate novel will draw readers who, like Kate, have big hearts and big dreams.”
“With clear and elegant prose, Whelan portrays a gradually developing and complex relationship built on guilt, curiosity, love and a passion for art.”
“Kate’s journey from selfishness to selflessness and back to the healthy middle path is quietly touching.”
“This book is engaging from the first page. Artistic- and literary-minded girls may particularly appreciate Kate’s passion for painting and the struggles she’s willing to endure to live a creative life.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“See What I See is an absolutely riveting and heartrending work of fiction. I read it in a single session—-it contains numerous surprises and doesn’t shrink from the seriousness of its subject and from the wonderful integrity of its young heroine Kate.”
-Joyce Carol Oates