Laila Piedra doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and definitely doesn’t sneak into the 21-and-over clubs on the Lower East Side. The only sort of risk Laila enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories. But just before her graduation, Laila’s creative writing teacher and number one fan is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who sees nothing at all special about Laila’s writing. A growing obsession with gaining Nazarenko’s approval leads to a series of unexpected adventures. With her sanity and happiness on the line, Laila must figure out if enduring the unendurable really is the only way to greatness. The third novel from the beloved author of Seven Ways We Lie, Final Draft is “an intensely focused portrait of a girl who, through first love and first loss, begins to find the story she wants to tell” (Booklist).
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Riley Redgate’s first two novels, Noteworthy and Seven Ways We Lie, earned critical acclaim. She currently lives and writes in Chicago.
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Final Draft based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I really enjoyed Redgate’s previous book, “Noteworthy”, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn’t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She’s always had the support of her creative writing teacher until Mr. Madison is involved in a serious accident and a substitute comes to his place. Laila had always suspect her stories weren’t all that Mr. Madison always said but the new teacher’s opinions make her doubt even beyond her writings and send her on an adventure to get out of her shelf. I get the idea. I think it’s great for teenagers to read about Laila’s self-discovery journey. But, to be honest, Redgate’s uplifting style didn’t save this book from being boring. I don’t think it was prolix, I don’t think it was the pace. I think the happenings just weren’t that interesting. Which is a pity, because the idea, the conclusions, they were all beautiful. I loved how Laila is a mestiza, how that is something important to her. I really liked her family and would be interested in knowing better about her sister as well. Camille was very present in the story but there wasn’t much development there—not that I expected to be, there wouldn’t be room since that wasn’t the focus. Also, Redgate went deep and made me wonder too about Laila’s dilemma. She has so much fun being in her shell and seems to hurt so much the moment she tries to come out, so is it worth it? Could there be a compromise? You’ll have to read to know the answer for Laila while I keep wondering this for my own life. As I mentioned, this lifted some interesting themes but it wasn’t a fun read. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.