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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Invisible River by Helena McEwen

"When Evie and her father say good-bye at the train station, they are both on their own for the first time since her mother's death.  But Evie is not lonely for long.  At art school in London, she is quickly caught up in colors and critiques, gallery visits and sketching expeditions.  She finds fiercely loyal friends--Rob, pragmatic and pregnant; Bianca, dramatic and Italian; and Cecile, the sidelined ballerina--and stumbles tentatively toward a relationship with Zeb, a second-year sculptor with hair blue-black like a crow.

But when her father arrives in the city, slumped on the doorstep of her new home and soured with alcohol, Evie must determine what she owes her past, and how it will shape the life, and the art, she's trying to create."

This is a harrowing story of a young girl trying to find herself in this enormous world.  Evie is trying to find a place for herself in the world of the art school as well as trying to figure out where she fits in with her father.  It's a heart-wrenching story concerning relationships in all areas and the power of the mind and friendship to affect the future.  The writing style in general of the book could have been a little clearer and had a better flow, but overall, the book was okay.  I would recommend this to someone who has more of an interest in art school and is a "outside the box" thinker.  I'm a practical thinker and this book had some concepts that were not something I grasped onto well with my typical train of thought.

*I received this ARC book for free from Goodreads First Reads.*

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