Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles Series #1)

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles Series #1)

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by Olivia Samms

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A popular cheerleader—raped, beaten, and left for dead. An edgy outsider with a gift. An unlikely team that could take down a killer.

Bea Washington’s life has been a mess ever since that night—the night her best friend and boyfriend betrayed her, the night that got Bea kicked out of Athena Day School for Girls, the night that sent Bea straight into

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A popular cheerleader—raped, beaten, and left for dead. An edgy outsider with a gift. An unlikely team that could take down a killer.

Bea Washington’s life has been a mess ever since that night—the night her best friend and boyfriend betrayed her, the night that got Bea kicked out of Athena Day School for Girls, the night that sent Bea straight into rehab.

Now clean, Bea is starting over at sprawling Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman—the one who actually survived—doesn’t remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new “skill,” the ability to draw the truth out of people—literally. She can see—and then draw—images from other people’s minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches.

Bea might be the only person who knows Willa’s secrets—and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Just out of rehab but still surrounded by a culture of middle-class substance abuse, Bea Washington manages to hold onto common sense and humor most of the time. It helps that she makes a gay best friend with chutzpah on her first day at a new high school. Chris’s blunt honesty contrasts with the posing and lies of most of the senior class, including homecoming queen Willa, who barely survived a brutal sexual assault and claims to remember nothing, but is pouring drugs into her own body at an alarming rate. Bea has a tool that might crack that facade: she can sketch images of what people are thinking. Samms’s debut launches a series that promises to be a fresh breath in the crowded YA paranormal genre. Bea has a realistic voice that doesn’t shrink from the truth about her world—not just drugs, but sex, racism, bullying, and violence are tackled in the book—and her experiences hit home in the most genuine ways. Ages 14–up. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
Bea is just out of rehab and has been kicked out of her high school. Now Bea must try to navigate a new school with a reputation as a druggie. It is hard enough fitting in when suddenly her art renderings take on a new inspiration. She finds her hand sketching images that come directly from the minds of other people. It is especially unnerving when suddenly an image of a man's face is drawn by her hand as fellow student Willa tells police she has no recollection of her attacker. This is not the first attack in the area, but this is the first time the victim has survived. Bea tries to help Willa since she claims to have no memory of the rape. Instead of showing appreciation, Willa rebuffs Bea and even threatens her to keep her mouth shut. It seems the victim has secrets of her own to conceal. Since Bea has a connection to more than one of the victims, she decides to get involved but no one, not even the police, will listen to the wild accusations of a former druggie. This prompts Bea to decide to try to solve the case on her own—a dangerous scenario for a girl who has no protection. Samms writes with flair and the descriptions add to the setting without being overdrawn. Her characters are not terribly nuanced but they ring true. Teens should be drawn in to the suspense. A compelling read that should be a welcome addition to young adult collections. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger
Kirkus Reviews
Bea's artistic talents take on a psychic dimension when a classmate is raped and left for dead. With only three months of sobriety under her belt, Bea struggles every day with her addiction to drugs and alcohol. Moreover, her vintage clothes, wild hair and reputation put her on the fringes in her new school. Now without mind-altering substances to blunt her senses, Bea is astounded to discover that she can see into people's thoughts when she sketches them. "I can draw the truth out of people…literally," she marvels. When a murderer/rapist suddenly begins to terrorize her hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., Bea's extraordinary ability draws her into the case. One of the victims is a girl in the popular crowd at school; she was found still alive but claims to remember nothing. Bea's impulsiveness gets her into tense situations, but her grit and hard-won experience help her piece the puzzle together. Her frequently foulmouthed, present-tense narration reveals all: her longing for "something stronger," her alienation and her ability to use her acute understanding of the addict's personality to gain insight into the murderer. Bea's tough exterior and tumultuous inner life will draw readers in, and they will sympathize with her as she struggles to become her best self. Urgently paced, this teen murder mystery weaves in elements of the supernatural to draw a vivid tale of suspense. (Thriller. 14 & up)

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Product Details

Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
Bea Catcher Chronicles Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Olivia Samms lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Sketchy is her first novel.

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Sketchy 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
4.5 for this one. So I've been wanting to read this, since I first read the synopsis and wow I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Like with most books lately. So this was, dark, like dark dark. And I couldn't stop reading. I even stayed up late to read this and would have read more but alas had to sleep. You have Bea who has got out of rehab and has been sober for 3 months and counting, which are for each chapter. And she has quite the talent: drawing, and finds that she can draw what others are thinking, drawing the truth of them if you will. All the while, starting a new school, has her old friend Chris, who I freaking adore btw, dude was so sweet and supportive of Bea. And her other old friend, well ex, Marcus. And a series of rapes happening around town and one of the victims even survives but when Bea tries to help, let's say there's more going on than our MC thinks. The suspense and the MC Bea was what I loved about this. Yeah there's moments I facepalmed, a lot and times where I cheered on Bea. As for the reveal, does it make sense, that I kind of knew who it was and at the same time I didn't until later on? Weird I know but still. I wish this was a little longer though. Very good start. Very good start to a new series.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
After reading what Sketchy by author Olivia Samms was about I couldn’t wait to get reading. It sounded exciting, dangerous and had the potential to become a crazy thriller. Luckily Sketchy was all of those things and by the time I was finished reading I was left with a smile on my face and glad that I got to read a novel with such an insane plot. It’s such a unique read that I know I’ll never forget it. Sketchy follows the lie of teenaged main character Bea Washington, a recovering drug addict who is starting her life over again at Packard High. Ever since exiting rehab, things haven’t been the same with Bea and Packard High is in a city that is still dealing with the assault of two teen girls. Bea finds herself learning about one of the victims: the school’s golden girl Willa. Bea begins to learn more about Willa she learns more about the assaults and begins to uncover the mystery of who is behind it. However discovering the identity of the man behind the assaults forces Bea to use her inhuman ability of reading minds when she draws. Just as Bea grows closer to stopping the man behind the assaults she finds herself in a difficult situation as she becomes the next person he has his sights on. As Bea’s attempts at beginning her life again take place she is also the only person who can stop the killer from killing again. Dun, dun, dun! Right from the start I really enjoyed the man character Bea. This is one of the few times that I’ve gotten to read about a main character who was addicted to substances and had to go to rehab to deal with it. Bea proves herself to be a strong female MC who isn’t afraid to do what she wants to and she has no problem with twisting the rules for the good of her cause. What I also liked about Bea was her ability to draw what’s on a person’s mind. Can you say awesome? I think that readers who are looking for a protagonist that will take control of the situation at hand will really love Bea. The really cool thing that Sketchy has are pictures of the things that Bea draws and I found that really awesome because I felt I could connect with the novel more than if I were to imagine Bea’s drawings myself. The pictures of Bea’s sketches were also very good and beautiful to look at. Again with this her ability comes into play and her ability is one that I have not read about ever. This made the novel such a refreshing read and I loved that while reading my imagination could just go and run wild for a little while. The one thing that I think a lot of readers might want to know about is the coarse language that is used in the dialogue between characters. I was a bit surprised by the words that were used and it didn’t bother me that much. However I do know that some readers could become offended with the words used by characters when they interact with each other in dialogue. Other than that (and besides substance abuse/drugs) I didn’t find anything that could stand out like a sore thumb and deter readers from wanting to read. I’d recommend Sketchy by Olivia Samms to readers who are looking for a YA thriller that will keep them on the edge of their seat, readers who are looking for a refreshing new read and to those of us who just want a quick and imaginative read.