Real teachers instead of online videos,
real money her family doesn’t have,
really not surprised to be rejected…
Self-confidence is hard for Dessa, and when she freezes with sketchpad in hand, it will take something special to help her get it back.
Maybe not paint now, maybe she should try found art like her mentor, maybe…
How do you make a dream denied become merely dream deferred?
Book info: Your Destination is on the Left / Lauren Spieller. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2018. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
My book talk: The nomadic life that her parents chose was fun back when Dessa was twelve, but now the 17 year old wants more – art school, life with other students, a home without wheels.
Best-best-ever Cy sent in her portfolio for the internship she knew she wouldn’t get, and now she will be working all summer with her favorite living artist in New Mexico – as long as Fiona thinks Dess is “college-bound” instead of turned down by every art school she applied for.
The families who travel together across the US are sure she’ll rejoin them and Cy on the road once summer is over – can she squeeze her expanded views back into that tiny RV with her parents and little brother?
Staying with her Greek grandmother (in a house!) near Santa Fe, helping Fiona prepare for a big exhibition of her found art pieces, trying to get up the courage to break free with her own art…and tell the truth about art school – what a summer!
But after the internship and the gallery show and no art school for fall – are Cy’s traveling dreams big enough for both of them?