Format: E-Book (PDF)
Publisher: Hipso Media
Published: June 15th 2014
Pages: 309 Pages
Inky draws his crush for a game–and paints her into real danger.
DRAWING AMANDA is set in the under-parented, high-expectation world of a Manhattan international prep school. Fourteen-year-old budding artist Inky Kahn is still smarting from the death of his father. He thinks he’s found his big break when he bonds with the developer of a new computer game and snags a coveted drawing assignment, for which he uses his secret crush–Amanda–as a model.
But unbeknownst to Inky, the developer has a dangerous past, and is using his computer game to lure and stalk teenage girls. And Inky has inadvertently led Amanda right into his path. Blinded by his own ambition and sulking from his father’s death, Inky hides from the truth. Will Inky, with the help of Rungs, his cybergeek pal, discover the treachery in time and save Amanda before the creep ensnares her–or anyone else?
Thank you to Hipso Media for sending me a copy of Drawing Amanda to read and review.
Drawing Amanda focuses on Internet safety and how being cautious online is very important. Both Inky and Amanda visit a website that is in the draft stages and speak to the creator with the username Megaland. It eventually transpires that he has created the platform to groom younger visitors.
I cannot stress enough just how important it is to be safe online. It’s scary just how uncensored things are. Drawing Amanda is aimed at young adults and with the sparkle and lure of the Internet it’s definitely the best age group to target. I think a lot of people see the Internet as a wonderful thing (which if used right, it is) but sadly, there’s a downside to it as well. There’s a dark side to the Internet and grooming is one of them. This topic is one that keeps getting plastered on the News and unfortunately, it’s not too uncommon. I praise Stephanie for taking the bull by the horns and discussing such a topic and hopefully, preventing more things from happening.
I noticed that many of the characters started off with suspicion when talking to Megaland, but they eventually felt comfortable with him and seemed to tell him things that were quite personal. Inky and Amanda were two vulnerable teenagers and didn’t have anyone to talk to so when Megaland came into their lives it was a solution to their problems.
The Illustrations on the cover and within the novel are simply amazing, I loved the quirky and bright feel to them, something the novel needed – a little cheer. I really like the work of S.Y. Lee and I’d recommend you going to visit her website at www.callmelee.com. The illustrations were linked to Inky’s character as he was a budding artist that used the Megaland platform as somewhere to showcase his work, again the grooming was taking Inky’s work and positive attributes and using them for negative things. It’s a shame that Inky’s passion was utilized in the wrong way.
Drawing Amanda is the perfect read for younger readers that don’t always see the Internet as a bad thing and to just make them aware. It wasn’t written to scare, but just to more let them know and I think it was done perfectly.