A Work of Art

A Work of Art

by Melody Maysonet

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440582547
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 03/18/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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.

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A Work Of Art 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Tori_Kelley_PhD More than 1 year ago
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.
Christine_Kohler More than 1 year ago
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.
KerryOMalleyCerra More than 1 year ago
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.