The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he's suddenly replacedby Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed. At first, Nazarenkos eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the womans approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanitybut rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive....
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Final Draft Reviews
Review to come.
edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character’s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-fictional narratives that strictly speaking have no bearing on the plot either.
the strange detours are what i wanted to write, in my mind they define the book, and i don’t think i’m actually sorry for them. in fact i ...more
“Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. The timeline had broken like a seal and let loose something weightless. For a crystal instant Laila was borne up on its back and was invulnerable and immortal, and she was never going to let them go.”
This was such a ...more
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I enjoyed Final Draft on so many different levels. On the surface level there is a phenomenal plot, at the same time there's this almost self-reflexive commentary on writing. Laila is a fantastic main character who I could instantly empathize with. Laila was me when I was in school (except I never wanted to become a writer because of insecurity, but yep).
Characters: 5, Writing: 4 ...more
An e-galley was provided by Abrams Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: After quite enjoying Redgate's Noteworthy, her latest title, Final Draft, was a bit of a let-down.
Although this shouldn't impact anything, Final Draft is shorter than most YA books (only 272 pages). The pacing of the book definitely felt off, though. None of the catalyst-type events felt significant enough to me, and I didn't feel there was enough to keep moving the s ...more
AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS
SO. That happened.
I actually read one of my most anticipated releases of the year from one of my favourite contemporary authors and it DEFIED my already VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS.
And I’m at a loss for words, staring at this blinking cursor thinking about HOW TO SUM UP MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS MARVELLOUS CREATION, unable to pick up another book because BOOK HANGOVER wondering how to move on when, well, Final Draft was perfection in book shape.
More than ...more
A review will be up sometime soon!
Woah a book about a girl with a love for creative writing? That is RIGHT up my alley.