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  • Posted August 10, 2013

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    More like 4.5 stars. This sounded good. Liked the descriptions of the setting and especially comparing it to art and when Quinn and her dad painted. Makes me want to give painting a try again. Maybe. I like that there was a hint at a romance and that Kate had her friends old and new. A sad but quick read.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Super book by a superb author

    Gloria Whelan has reconfirmed herself as one of my favorite authors with her latest book, See What I See. We share a state, and the passion with which she paints northern Michigan's gorgeous scenery reflects my own love of "up north." But it is her mastery of story and language that makes her one of the greats.

    Kate has grown up without her father. He's been too busy becoming a famous artist to pay her any mind. The only thing she ever received from him was a talent for art. She needs to paint as she needs to breath. So she earns a scholarship to an art school in Detroit, where her father lives, and shows up on his doorstep. You could say he isn't pleased.

    "What are you doing here? How did you find me? This is no time for a family reunion. I'm getting ready for a show and I need to be left alone."

    Yet Kate can see he isn't well, and she digs up some stubbornness of her own. After finding a medical record indicating just how ill he is, Kate challenges him, "If you don't let me stay, I'll tell Mom and the newspapers and your gallery how sick you are. You won't have your show."

    So Kate stays and adores art school. But her father weakens and grows more irritable. This will be his last show, and he works desperately to redeem his professional reputation. Kate is faced with some hard choices. Quit school and care for a man who never cared for her? One who makes it plain daily that he disdains her? Or pursue her own career and turn her back as he turned his on her so many years ago.

    Emotional but not sticky-sweet, thoughtful and beautifully-rendered, See What I See is Gloria Whelan at her best. And that, I might add, is phenomenal.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    See What I See is a great story about acceptance and never losing sight of your dreams even if they get put on hold or things get complicated.

    Kate is an aspiring painter who decides to move in with her estranged father while she attends art school. Kate hasn't seen her father and famous painter, Dalton Quinn, for years after he chooses work over her mother and herself.

    When Kate shows up at Dalton's home he immediately wants her to leave and hates that she's there. What seems like a terrible and negative relationship slowly turns into acceptance when Kate offers Dalton her long as she keeps her distance.

    I relate to Kate and her relationship to her father, so the book really caught me. Although my story is not identical to Kate's, I was still able to take in the message of not allowing yourself to waste energy on negative feelings toward another and to accept it. "It is what it is".right?

    However, even though I connected deeply with the relationships in the book, it left me hanging at the end, which was disappointing! I would have liked to see things get wrapped up, instead I was asking myself the "what ifs" and "what nows". Overall though, I really enjoyed it!

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    See What I See

    SEE WHAT I SEE, by Gloria Whelan, is a story about a young artist who will do whatever it takes to achieve her dreams of becoming a famous painter like her father, who she hasn't seen since she was a little girl. Kate is in for more than she expected when she shows up at her father's doorstep in Detroit, to find that her long absent father is dying and has only months to live.

    I found this novel very uplifting and really made me think about the importance of family. Kate has had nothing to do with her father since her took off so he could paint and be famous, and makes lots of money. He was never there for her or her mother, never called, never did anything to involve himself with his daughter and then she shows up and expects maybe he'll be nice about her staying with him because she is older and she can help around the house. He almost didn't let her stay and I wanted to yell at him to get over himself!

    She learns he is dying, and multiple people tell her that she is going to have to take care of him and even though he has never been there for her, she is willing to help him out if it means that she can't go to art school in Detroit. Kate has such a distinct voice, she loves her father, and aspires to be just like him, but she also can't stand him and she wants to hate him for never being there for her growing up.

    She quickly finds out that her father is deteriorating fast and he needs her attention 24/7. I found myself getting upset with the book because I wanted her so badly to achieve her dreams that she so desperately wanted but her father kept bogging her down further and further. When I finished the book I had to take a deep breath and think about how much family really means. I was surprised that this book enlightened me on the importance of family in a girls life. This is feel good, feel angry, feel sad book. I could've cried, laughed and yelled all at the same time. Kate has her own voice and this story felt like a true one, I was sucked in immediately and I couldn't stop.

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