Drawn

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Artistic prodigy Juliet Brynn wants to survive the year with as little social torture as possible. But her sketches start to come true and Damon Sheppard, a boy with a troubled past, shows her worlds she never knew existed. When unthinkable trauma strikes, will Damon and her prophetic gift prove as catastrophic as some predict, or can they impart Juliet the power to make everything right again? More

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Words: 135,440
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310434822
About Maria Keffler

Maria Keffler lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and three children. She writes for and performs with the LaughingFlock, a local comedy troupe; reluctantly holds an office in the school PTO; and is trying to learn how to make dinner without the smoke detector finding out about it.

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Review by: Abigail Knutson on Nov. 19, 2013 :
It has been some time since I read a book I couldn't put down, but Keffler's hilarious dialogue, compact descriptions, and thrilling twists had me hooked. "Drawn" fits into the paranormal or speculative genre but serves as a model for what other Christian authors could achieve: main characters who are as enigmatic as they are endearing, as flawed as they are fascinating, and a story that is worth telling and comes by its truths authentically. Keffler's ability to elucidate spiritual realities organically allows readers to experience with Juliet the strangeness of a world that is far deeper and wilder than our eyes can always see. For the clarity and force of the writing as well as the paragraphs when I grimaced in remembered pain or simply laughed out loud, I congratulate the author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: melanie sunukjian on Nov. 14, 2013 :
From the unique opening word to the joyride of an ending, Drawn is a refreshing addition to the increasingly predictable YA market. The story is fresh, real, and forges a different path than most when dabbling in the spiritual realm. Main characters, Juliet and Damon, and their preciously dramatic relationship are so convincing that I've already cast them (in my mind) for the major motion picture release! With her eye for detail, her realistic perspective and consistently infused humor, Mrs. Keffler makes writing a coming-of-age romance fraught with dysfunction, puberty, and a twist of spirituality seem effortless. And if that isn't enough, all the fun and embarrassing 80s references will completely DRAW you in. The only question I was left with at the end was, "Where was Damon when I was in junior high?" Sequel, please!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jasmina Tang on Nov. 11, 2013 :
First word: Amazing
Second word: Well-written
Third word: Connective
I could not stop reading "Drawn," its format and plot are perfectly executed, and Maria Keffler really puts you in Juliet's shoes, the view and feelings are really well-put out. The detail and descriptions were amazing, she is a gold-medal writer. When the more romantic scenes come, they aren't awkward or confusing. The sensation of Juliet's motorcycle and bike rides with Damon make you want to ride on the handlebars, too. There should really be a sequel, characters and setting are realistic. Really good book! Need more writing from Mrs. Keffler!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jen Smoker on Nov. 10, 2013 :
This is a book for young adults but powerful for us who grew up in the 80s too. Nothing could prepare me for the rush of memories that came back reliving that tender/awkward/confusing/real to the core time of life where your friends play such a pivotal role in your heart and you deal with love in high definition and wild emotion for the very first time. Made me remember those amazing friends and that pure first love in such a warm light. Gave me compassion on those going through those years now and a new perspective on the roles parents play in adolescent development. This was a fun ride down memory lane - wish I had had more motorcycle rides back then!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shelley Waite on Nov. 08, 2013 :
Great read! I highly recommend it. The protangonist (Juliet) is a real life blend of youth, angst, growing pains, joy, talent who meets with people who steer her towards hope. Juliet's struggles are ones I can recall from my own early years and by relating, found myself totally immersed in her world. This author has a wonderful way of weaving humor, tears, joy and sadness in a way that draws you in. The only reason I put the book down was because the flight attendants frowned on my sitting on an empty plane! Hurry Maria Keffler, write the sequel!! I want to know what happens next!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sally Schlatter on Nov. 05, 2013 :
I love this book! As an adult, I began reading with hesitancy, wondering if a 'young adult' story would hold my interest. Wow! It not only held my interest, I could hardly lay it down. The main characters, Juliet & Damon, drew me into their world with such intensity that it was difficult to come back to reality.
Now, I must be honest. I was asked to review and help edit the manuscript for "Drawn" so I may have an incentive in my review. However, the story stands on its own. It's exciting, romantic, funny, the characters are alive, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a 'good read', teenager or adult.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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