Friday, September 2, 2011

Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum

Book Description: 

 Conclusions or Drafting Disaster?
 Other than harboring a somewhat obsessive fondness for Crispix and completely swearing-off boys after a bad date (don’t ask), sixteen-year-old Kate Carter is about as ordinary as they come, except for her two notable talents: art and sarcasm. After an introduction to forensic sketching in her elective art class, Kate discovers a third and most unexpected gift: criminal profiling. Her photo-quality sketch helps the police catch a wanted murderer and earns her celebrity status in South Woodhaven Falls. But when that murderer appears to be using his friends to exact revenge, Kate goes from local hero to possible target. Will she manage to survive? Will life ever be normal again? And will local news anchor Ted Deffle ever stop sending her flowers?

My Review:  
I love to read books by Erynn Mangum!  She writes with a flair that keeps me laughing as well as thinking.
Sketchy Behavior is unlike any book she has written thus far. This is the first book where her main character is not a christian and does not live, breathe and drink coffee!
Kate Carter is a sixteen year old artist.  Who happens to draw people very well.  She seems to get into "their skin" and brings out their true characteristics on paper.  So, in art class after the teacher gives a lesson on forensic art drawings, Kate "happens" to draw the exact picture of the perpetrator.  The sketch is leaked to the press and Kate's life changes forever!
Kate's best friend, Maddy, is a typical teenager who has high school dating problems and parental indulgences that make for a life lesson in teens without good parental involvement.
Then there's the quiet guy, Justin, who never talks in art class.  But who seems to have a lot to say at church!
I like Kate's family.  Her mom and dad are in need of Jesus and are open to learning more about Christ at church.  Church is a whole new world for Kate! Having been raised in church I found some of the things that Erynn wrote about "as eye openers" from a newcomers viewpoint.  There are quite a few.laugh.out.loud moments!
I loved, loved this read! It is written as a YA read for ages 13-16 but as an adult I simply loved reading about Kate, her artistic abilities and her adventures!  A great book for ages 13-116 (in my opinion)!  Hoping this is the start of a new series!  
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
About the Author: 
Read more about Erynn at Her Blog!

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