Book Review: Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

Title: Drawing Amanda
Author: Stephanie Feuer
Illustrator: S.Y. Lee
Series: N/A
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Hipso Media
Published: June 15th, 2014 
Page count: 309 pages
Format: eARC
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you!).
Book Summary:
DRAWING AMANDA is set in the under-parented, high-expectation world of a Manhattan international prep school. Fourteen-year-old budding artist Inky Kahn is still smarting from the death of his father. He thinks he’s found his big break when he bonds with the developer of a new computer game and snags a coveted drawing assignment, for which he uses his secret crush–Amanda–as a model. 

But unbeknownst to Inky, the developer has a dangerous past, and is using his computer game to lure and stalk teenage girls. And Inky has inadvertently led Amanda right into his path. Blinded by his own ambition and sulking from his father’s death, Inky hides from the truth. Will Inky, with the help of Rungs, his cybergeek pal, discover the treachery in time and save Amanda before the creep ensnares her–or anyone else?

     *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 4/5 stars

Drawing Amanda is such a creative book! It mixes the wonderful elements of a well written story and fantastic illustrations that resemble important pieces inside the book. Have you seen the cover? It's so cool. Wish I had it in print to place it in my bookshelf. I love how it speaks volumes of what this book is about as it show's perfectly how the artist (Inky) is drawing the girl (Amanda), and without him noticing, another hand is trying to take away the drawing.

This book is like the perfect example of what could go wrong when chatting online with strangers. And  even more when the targets are kids and teens. It's so easy to feel comfortable sitting behind a computer and pouring your heart out to someone else without having to look at their reactions, but you may never know what their full intentions are until it's too late sometimes.

This happens to both Inky and Amanda as they struggle to find an escape from their pains and troubles. When they find out about "Megaland", an interactive game in development for girls, they feel the developer truly understands them and are willing to help him out with his game. Inky doesn't know Amanda is using the game too since they didn't know each other that well at first, and as he starts having feelings for her (and she hints that she thinks he is the developer of Megaland) Inky and his friend Rungs start to realize that they may have stepped into a dangerous trap.

While Inky and Amanda were great characters that I wouldn't mind getting to know better another time because they're smart and talented kids, I think Rungs is the special character that needs to be credited. He was the one that managed to uncover the whole deal behind Megaland with his amazing computer skills and, in my opinion, the true hero of this story. Without him, I shudder to think about what could have happened to Amanda, and Inky for that matter.

I'm really pleased with how this book turned out to be. I think the author and the illustrator both did a great job with Drawing Amanda that from now on I'll be paying close attention to what they do next. A big thumbs up and a yes! to "Do I recommend this book?".


  1. I just love contemporary. I'm adding this one on my Goodreads. Great review btw! :)

    1. Contemporary is one of my favorite genres! <3