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review 2017-04-28 01:33
Draw the Line - Laurent Linn,Laurent Linn

This book is about a gay teenage boy who loves superheroes and draws them online. He later decides to take heroic actions against some school bullies. There are actual drawings of these superheroes in the book which was really fun. The characters were all pretty interesting and I like the way the bullies were handled in the book.

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review 2016-10-15 03:36
Draw the Line
Draw the Line - Laurent Linn,Laurent Linn

I'm conflicted about Draw The Line.  On the one hand the book is a gorgeous melding of graphic art and prose about a gay high school student expressing himself through original comics.  On the other hand, Draw the Line is yet another issue book where the central problem is a high school student being bullied for being gay/different and finding the courage to stand up to the bullies and to tell his parents about his sexual identity. 

(Props for Adrian's parent's being cool with it)

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On the plus side, Adrian and his friends read like High School students and are just adorably geeky.  On the negative side, the character grouping are just a bit too stereotypical (the plump, sassy African American female sidekick, the jock/football star bully/antagonist) and the story arc fell too often into cliches (such as the drag queen bingo at the LGBTQ center and 

the redeem the homophobic bully climax

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I spent a long time debating my rating, and in the end settled on 3.5 stars rather than 4 because while I very much enjoyed Draw the Line, I just wanted more sophistication out of the story. However, don't let the rating dissuade you from exploring illustrator and puppet designer Laurent Linn's debut attempt at young adult fiction.  Flaws and all, I think you will be glad you took the time.

 

 

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review 2013-09-04 00:00
Where To Draw The Line
Where To Draw The Line - Kari Milburn I happened to pick up this novel during a free Kindle promotion, and only just got around to reading it.

Kari Milburn's "Where to Draw the Line" is a soiree through the darkest reaches of the human mind, a discussion on what makes right and wrong, and how we decide when the social systems we've constructed, as a community, simply aren't enough to uphold justice.

The novel was a quick read, absorbing, and had a great deal of potential. I really liked the author's portrayal of Zoey, William's wife Heather, and her careful writing of the judicial system (a lot of books paint judges, detectives and police officers as incompetent, but I didn't get that feeling here.) I also liked the use of William's day job as a taxi driver to further the plot.

However, there were a few things that bugged me. I didn't understand how Dart, an essential character to solving the crime, could really be justified as being there. He just sort of plopped in halfway and dumped a lot of new info I'm sure the police force should have uncovered earlier. (Without giving spoilers, I imagine that Zoey's friends would have been interviewed the night of the murder as well, and her history with her killer would have been uncovered). It's a shame, because Dart was actually my favorite character! I just couldn't accept him as a 'coincidence', and kept expecting him to reveal himself as something more than a genius-hacker-burglar.

The only other thing that bugged me was the ending! I wish it had been longer; I really want to know what was going to happen to William (and his accomplices) for their part in subverting the law.

All-in-all, a great read. Crime novels usually aren't my thing, but I was absorbed all the way until the end!
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