Feb 02 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Favorite Quotes, Giveaways, Review, Young Adult / 1 Comment



What I Want You to See

by Catherine Linka
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult
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Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.
But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.
Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.
Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?
Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.

Favorite Quotes

A person takes your picture, means they see you.

Appetite isn’t about greed at all.

I can lose myself in a portrait like people lose themselves in a book wondering about the person it portrays.


Catherine Linka is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina. Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at www.catherlinelinka.com.

Review of What I Want You To See

Review (5 Stars):  What I Want You To See was a thought-provoking tale about a young woman’s journey through art school after experiencing a devastating loss.  Sabine received the coveted scholarship to a prestigious art school in California but feels like she is floundering when her teacher seems to verbally destroy every piece that she creates.  When she gets the opportunity to recreate her teacher’s newest creation that was recently sold unseen for a million dollars, she jumps at the chance.  What Sabine doesn’t know is that this one act puts in the middle of an art scheme and her dreams of becoming an artist may come tumbling down.

I really enjoyed this story and my heart broke for Sabine after everything that she had been through.  Going to art school was her dream come true after living in her car after she experienced a personal loss.  She was so talented and she couldn’t understand why her teacher, Krell, was so intent on criticizing everything that she had created in his class.  This is a story that will definitely stick with you as you follow along with Sabine during her journey of self-discovery and becoming the true artist that she has always wanted to be.




One Response to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka”

  1. Anne

    Thanks for this captivating, emotional and memorable novel which interests me greatly. I enjoyed the review and learning about the author and the book.