Draw the Line by Laurent Linn | Review

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Draw the Line by Laurent Linn | ReviewDraw the Line by Laurent Linn
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 528
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this “powerful debut” novel (Publishers Weekly, starred review) exquisitely illustrated by the author.

Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention.

In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite.

But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it’s time to not be so invisible after all—no matter how dangerous the risk.

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The second I laid eyes on this book, I knew that it was going to be amazing. Draw the Line follows the story of Adrian. He likes to try to stay under the radar with his friends Audrey and Trent.

He spends a lot of his time working on his comic about Graphite, who seems to be his alter-ego. Soon enough after witnessing a bully, the lines between Adrian’s comic book and his real-life begin to blur.  

Before I even get started on how awesome the story is, I thought I’d talk about the amazing art that’s throughout this book. There are legit pages from Adrian’s Graphite comics! Every few chapters or so there will be quite a few pages from the comic. The art is so great on those pages!

It was really fun to get a look into what Adrian spends so much of his time creating as well. This made me even happier because I’m a huge fan of superheroes and comics. It’s awesome to find a character with similar passions.  

In addition, there are so many geeky references throughout his book! Trust me, if you’re a Star Wars or science fiction fan, this book is going to be your paradise. I loved all the references because they made me feel even more connected to Adrian!  

I absolutely love the strong bond of friendship that was evident throughout this book with Adrian and his friends. Trent was extremely awesome. He was always wearing black and was extremely all, so he stuck out like a sore thumb all the time.

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Audrey, on the other hand, was extremely fashionable and even swooped in and helped Adrian out in the beginning after a hair mishap.

The characters were extremely developed from the beginning of the novel as well, which I really adored. It didn’t take me long to get used to their quirks. Within the first chapter, I already felt like I knew them all.  

I can gladly say that Draw the Line will be one of my favorite books of the year.  

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it, Krystianna! When I saw Draw the Line, I thought that it looked pretty cool – glad it turned out that way for you! 😀

  2. Oh how i love geeky references. this book is new to me and I do need to check it out. adding now. Is it more graphic novel or just artwork in the book?

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