And We’re Off — Dana Schwartz

Read date: June 14, 2017
Rating: 4/5
Format: Print book, Book of the Month Club edition

A very enjoyable and quick YA read! As someone pursuing an artistic career as well, I found the novel to be very reminiscent of my own trip to Europe for work-with-some-additional-fun-on-the-side. The denouement is simultaneously expected and a great surprise– a satisfying culmination of all that the reader experiences of Nora’s journey as an artist, a friend, and a daughter. Laden with pleasurable pop-culture references, the writing is perfectly suited to that of a seventeen year old; the mother/daughter dynamic is beautifully depicted in an entirely relatable way. All in all, it’s a fun and great look at what it is to desire an artistic career, come into your own in a familial setting, and maneuver friendships and relationships as a late-teenager.

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