About the Book
What I Want You to See
by Catherine Linka
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult
You really can’t tell much about a painting from a photo.Catherine Linka
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.
Turns out I’m a natural at magical thinking.Catherine Linka
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?
People sharing secrets makes you closer, but not mine.Catherine Linka
Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.
Here I thought school was tough, but I at least never had to deal with Krell like Sabine did in What I Want You to See! I think everyone has had that one teacher that just immediately seemed to take a disliking to you. Mine was AP US History and it made me avoid anything remotely like history for years it was so bad. On the other hand, I can now say I’m a better writer because of him. But, What I Want You to See shows the lengths we all go to to satisfy those instructors/teachers that push us more than they probably should.
My pencil hovers over my sketch pad, but it refuses to land. I can’t draw myself out of grief.Catherine Linka
I have to say, YA contemporaries have really been killing it lately! I was in the worst slump come December, and these amazingly powerful contemporaries have made me so excited to read again! What I Want You to See is now added to that list of emotionally thought provoking reads. It deals with really difficult issues, such as homelessness and grief, that nobody should really have to worry about but affects more people than you could imagine. Many people take for granted just how simple life is, and vice versa many people forget that every person has some issue that they are dealing with. And while not all issues are anywhere near the same, those issues connect us and find a way to tie us together.
Everybody has tough times, baby. So it’s important to be kind.Catherine Linka
I really connected with Sabine. I went to school on financial aid, and if I didn’t keep my grades up I wasn’t going to get a degree. So, I felt (and knew) her struggle when she foresaw her grades and hopes slipping away. In those moments you truly would do pretty much anything to save yourself (or if you’re like me you plan out what hippie commune you can still join).
About the Author
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.
I feel so proud of my pick. I don’t know why, but coming up with a dream cast is harder than it seems? But I really think Joey King could give us that connection to Sabine (if that makes any sense).
Ah Kevin, how I struggled with picking who I’d want to portray him. I finally settled on Ansel Elgort because I guess I can kind of see it?
It took me a wile to think of who I’d cast as Adam, then it hit me: Austin Butler!
This one was an easy pick for me. As soon as I was introduced to Taysha I just imagined her as Yara Shahidi.
I don’t know why, but when I was reading this I IMMEDIATELY saw Krell as Rick Cossnett.
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