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Sketchy: The Bea Catcher Chronicles, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 April 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CL4GXHW

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Sketchy. Ok so I don't like the name. It sounds like a name that's been made up when they couldn't think of anything else. It also sounds a bit shady `so and so is a bit sketchy'. But the art work on the proposed cover was good and the synopsis looks good too....

Sketchy is about Bea, a 17 year old (I think- I can't remember her age being mentioned, but I presumed she was about 17) ex-addict, who has been kicked out of her last private school for being a druggie, gone to rehab and is now being thrown into a state school to complete her education. She's clean, she's sober and everything is a little weird. Bea's an artist, from a family of artists, and since she got clean she's discovered a spooky talent, she draws what is foremost in someone's mind, if you're thinking of a banana, she'll draw a banana but only if that's what you REALLY want, if you want a big mac, but are settling for a banana, she'll draw the big mac (can you tell I'm on a diet here.....). Bea's not sure what to make of it, so she does what every good teenager should do, and ignores it.

The new school isn't as bad as she was expecting, she's found an old friend, Chris from art camp and they soon become inseparable. But then Bea hears about a girl in the `it crowd', Willa, how she was raped and beaten and left for dead a few weeks before, Bea ends up drawing the one thing she doesn't want to draw, Willa's rapist. But Willa has a secret to hide and won't let Bea share the picture with the police, so it's up to Bea to find him, to prove he's guilty and to do it all sober.

Sketchy was NOT what I was expecting. It's DARK, and I mean DARK. Drugs, sex, drink, murder, rape - it's all there, and it's not hidden away, its right there smacking you in the face.
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I'm gunna come clean about two things before I get on with the rest of the review. Firstly, I bought this as part of Amazon's £1 books thing, where you can get one ebook from a selection of about thirty for £1, and this was the one I chose because it looked the least bad out of the bunch (that is, I didn't expect it to be amazing), and secondly, by the time I read it, I had totally forgotten the blurb and was not expecting the subject of this book to be what it was!

I find it pretty hard to pin down exactly what I enjoyed about this book in a sense, so I'll just make a quick, easy to read list instead of waffling on for five paragraphs:

+ A main character that has an obvious weakness (that is, she was a drug addict, and is constantly fighting that addiction), which was really interesting. It actually made her character much more likable to me, because she didn't come off as a Mary Sue, which many teen (sorry, 'young adult') books stumble into.

+ A main character who was specified to be non-white. It might seem dumb, but most books never say much about people's ethnicity, and so people just assume a character to be white. (For example, as far as I can see, Hermione from Harry Potter is never stated to be white. In fact, a lot of people have some interesting casting ideas for a non-white Hermione!) And it's not just said once, and then left alone. Throughout the book, she comments on her hair, which she claims is a result of her mum and her dad's different origins.

+ THE TOTAL LACK OF VICTIM BLAMING. I'm sorry that was in capitals but that is honestly something that I wasn't expecting.
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By KtD on 18 April 2014
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only rated this as ok. It won't give you sleepless nights, you could quite easily put this one down not bother for a few days and still pick up the story again without missing a beat .It was a decent enough read but that's about all I can say.
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I clearly downloaded this book in error. I saw the star ratings, did not read them and was disappointed. The book will possibly appeal to readers who are in their early teens, who will relate to the story, but is not for adult reading. It's like watching a movie that after 10 minutes you decide it's not worth watching, but you continue, after half an hour you promise to switch off and when it gets to the end, you wonder what on earth possessed you to stay switched on to the end.
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