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Drawing the Ocean by Carolyn MacCullough
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Drawing the Ocean

by Carolyn MacCullough

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This book, although short, was actually pretty good. It could have been longer and didn't really give much insight into what changes she really embarks on in discovering herself. What it did offer was a very nicely written story of a girl settling into a new life in a new city and discovering her true identity through the social aspects of school and through the personal feelings she sorts through in order to come to terms with her brother's death. ( )
  graceschumann | Oct 6, 2011 |
I would recommend this, but at the same time, I wouldn't, just because it was a pretty good book until the end, since it just ended. It didn't leave it open either. It just kind of suddenly ended.
3Q, 3P; Cover Art: between Awesome! and Okay.
This book is best suited for highschoolers.
It was selected due to the cover, the title and the summary being interesting.
Grade (of reviewer): 9th
(KD-AHS-NC)
  edspicer | Dec 6, 2010 |
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

DRAWING THE OCEAN is the story of Sadie, a high school student, whose family moves from California to the East Coast. Sadie is an artist who loves to draw the ocean, hence the title of the book. It is almost a spiritual thing for her.

She is very nervous about starting a new high school. You know, she is worried about being behind in her studies and having last month's hair. She should be nervous, though, because she keeps seeing and conversing with a ghost.

It is the ghost of her twin brother who had been killed four years earlier in a car accident. Sadie blames herself, and the subject of her brother is a forbidden one in her family. She meets a strange young man while drawing on the beach and later finds out that he is the outcast at the high school with the name "Frying Ryan." She also draws the eye of the hot football star, Travis.

Soon Sadie has a choice to make about who she wants to be. She can recreate herself, but does she want to be cool or kind?

This is a short story with a lot of emotional punch. I strongly recommend this book! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
Though some aspects of the book are strikingly similar to Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, this is a somewhat more realistic story of a girl in a new town, trying to make friends and move past the tragedy that changed her life. The characters are likable and compelling. My only complaint is that the book was too short. ( )
  elizardkwik | Jan 14, 2009 |
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A gifted artist, Sadie is determined to fit in at her new school, but her deceased twin brother Ollie keeps appearing to her.

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