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Shy, artistic Tera can't wait to attend a prestigious art school in France to prove to her famous artist father that she can make something of herself. But Tera's hopes for the future explode when the police arrest her dad for an unspeakable crime. Her father's arrest must be a mistake, so Tera goes into action, sacrificing her future at art school to pay for his defense. Meanwhile, she falls head over heels for Joey, a rebel musician who makes her feel wanted and asks no questions about her past. Joey helps Tera forget her troubles, but he brings a whole new set of problems to Tera's already complicated life. Then, to make matters worse, as her relationship with Joey deepens and as her dad's hotshot lawyer builds a defense, fractures begin to appear in Tera's childhood memoriesfractures that make her wonder: could her father be guilty? And whether he's guilty or innocent, can she find a way to step out of the shadows of her father's reputation and walk free? Can she stop him, guilty or innocent, from tainting the only future she ever wanted? A Work of Art is a deeply felt story about self-image, self-deception, and the terrible moment that comes when we have to face the whole truth about the myths of our childhoods.
About the Author
Melody Maysonet has been an English teacher, editor, columnist, and ghostwriter. Currently, she volunteer teaches in a homeless shelter, but she devotes most of her time to writing fiction for young adults. She lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband and son. A Work of Art is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished reading A WORK OF ART by Melody Maysonet, and had to write a review because it was so well done. My Ph.D. is in Marriage and Family Therapy and I felt the family dynamics that Maysonet set up were a perfect depiction of how insidious relationships develop and fester until the family unit is broken down into horrific parts. The father is manipulative and cunning, pitting his daughter against her mother. He convinces not only Tera, the main character, that her mother is crazy, but also the mother herself. Tera is willing to do anything, even when it feels wrong, to win her father’s approval. This early grooming displayed by the father goes a long way in ensuring that Tera will make terrible decisions, both financially and in love. She has a broken picker: She picks the worst ‘bad boy’ to give herself to, ignoring her internal wisdom, because it is only a whisper compared to the loud, demanding voice her father has programmed into her head. As a reader, I felt such empathy for Tera, as her poor choices are the result of horrific parenting. I highly recommend this book, though it is not a cozy read, it is vital that we educate ourselves on the insidiousness of child exploitation so that we may arm ourselves against it, and be aware of the hidden signs. This is the only way to aid family, friends, and community members. Secrecy is the boat on which child exploitation floats. A WORK OF ART is a life raft. I hope everyone will get on board.
A compelling, suspenseful read. The teen MC is a flawed and dimensional character. I feared for Tera, then cried and cheered for her. The author Maysonet draws a realistic and unflinching picture of sexual and emotional abuse in different forms.
Though this book was a quick read, it led me down a labyrinth of emotional twists and turns that left my stomach literally sick. But, I also cheered wildly when Tera finally found her voice. A gripping story of truth, loyalty, and chasing one's dreams, A Work of Art is brilliantly written and a story I will not forget.