See What I See (Hardcover)

By Gloria Whelan

Harper Teen, 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.

Praise For See What I See

“Beautifully expressing adolescent uncertainties and yearnings, this intimate novel will draw readers who, like Kate, have big hearts and big dreams.”
-Publishers Weekly

“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.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“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