Teen Review: A Map of the Known World
Reviewed by Molly Koonz, 17
Cora Bradley just wants everything to go back to normal. Unfortunately, with a dead brother and seemingly dead parents, she has little hope of that happening.
Now, as her home seems to become suffocating, Cora longs to leave and never look back. She finds solace only in drawing her maps of the world. Then, when Cora begins high school, she finds an escape in her advanced art class.
Yet faster than she ever imagined, Cora's enthusiasm turns to horror when she discovers that she must share her only interest with Damien, her brother's best friend, and the boy her parents blame his death on. Instead of following her instincts and hating him, Cora finds herself growing closer to Damien, and discovers more about her brother Nate than she ever knew. Angry at the world and her brother for dealing her the cards she holds, Cora begins to discover purpose through her art, and, gradually begins to discover who she is as well.
A Map of the Known World exceeds every expectation. It's funny, poignant, romantic, enriching, entertaining, and unforgettable. This is, without a doubt, a book that can be read over and over. It is an anthem for all teens who are just trying to figure out who they are and what they're supposed to do in this big world.
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