Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles Series #1)by Olivia Samms, Kate Reinders
Bea Washington’s life has been a mess ever since that nightthe 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
A popular cheerleaderraped, 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 nightthe 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 Pressmanthe one who actually surviveddoesn’t remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new “skill,” the ability to draw the truth out of peopleliterally. She can seeand then drawimages 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 secretsand who can take down the killer before he strikes again.
Gr 9 Up—Straight out of rehab and starting at a new school, Bea Washington is just hoping to survive the year without incident. Reconnecting with a friend from art camp and embracing her interest in vintage fashion help Bea muddle through, until she has a strange run-in with "queen bee," Willa Pressman, who was the only living victim of a serial rapist. The girl claims to have no memory of the man who assaulted her. Yet, when Bea discovers that she can literally draw the truth of what people are seeing in their minds, she draws his image and discovers that Willa has been lying to everyone, including the police. Convinced that she must help catch the rapist, Bea struggles to convince Willa to confess her memories of the night and to identify her attacker before he kills again. Narrator Kate Reinders does a good job of melding her youthful, yet deliberate voice to Bea's serious and sometimes acerbic personality. She hits the mark in each scene as Bea struggles to maintain her sobriety and deal with the social fallout of having been in rehab and her grief and guilt over her estranged best friend's death. Libraries looking to increase their mystery collections, especially those with a supernatural twist, may want to consider Samm's novel (Amazon, 2013).—Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA
Meet the Author
Olivia Samms lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Sketchy is her first novel.
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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.
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.