"It is sweeping, grand, unabashedly romantic . . . It’s a moment fit for a hero, and like Adrian’s journey, it is epic."
—The NEW YORK TIMES (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
* “A powerful debut . . . A diverse cast and an emotionally rich plot make this a gripping journey of self-discovery, romance, art making, and justice.”
—Publishers Weekly, * Starred Review (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
* “A diverse landscape . . . is robust rather than a flat reaction to pleads for diversity. A definite draw for comic-book fans, it will resonate with anyone struggling with a concealed or revealed identity. . . . Bravo.”
—Kirkus Reviews, * Starred Review (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
* “Linn's compelling story doesn't let go of the reader. While it’s ingeniously plotted, its best aspect is its characterization, especially its multidimensional treatment of Adrian and his friends; they come alive and drive the narrative to its satisfying conclusion.”
—Booklist, * Starred Review (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
* "Teen and adult readers of contemporary stories should set aside time to fall into Linn's world. Non-comic fans be warned: Linn will make you a believer."
—Shelf Awareness, * Starred Review (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
“This groundbreaking book will make the world a better place for all readers. It is a magnificent work of art!”
—Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Chains, Speak, and Wintergirls
“Laurent Linn had me at ‘gay superhero’—and kept me glued to the page with his thoughtful storytelling and genre-defying art. It’s not a graphic novel. It’s not a novel-novel. It’s Draw the Line, and it’s unmissable.”
—Tim Federle, author of The Great American Whatever
“Draw the Line is a mind-blowing riot of a good time. A perfect book for fans of 21st century sci-fi and superheroes that needs to be a movie right now!”
—Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award winning and New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin
“A story of love triumphing over hate and art defeating bigotry. Like Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Tim Federle’s The Great American Whatever, this book compellingly explores the thrills of first relationships and the complexities of life as a not-quite-out gay teen."
—The Horn Book
“Enlivened with expressive art, this debut novel beautifully captures the voice of a teen.”
—School Library Journal
“Muppet-maker and book designer Laurent Linn has extended his artistic prowess into the realm of literature. His debut outing is assured and engaging . . . Every character has a distinct voice and understandable perspective . . . Compellingly relevant and effortlessly readable, Draw the Line examines friendship and love and bravery in a way that feels new.”
“Linn writes to remind all of us to be ourselves, that storytelling and myth can be launchpads to creating real change, and to always remember the heroic power we have inside ourselves.”
—Lambda Literary (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
“Well-written and engaging, this is an important addition to all collections.”
—Teen Librarian Toolbox (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
“Both laugh-out-loud funny and very touching. LGBT readers will find affirmation and support here. Other readers will find a good story, relatable characters, and insight into the trials and tribulations of LGBT students.”
—School Library Connection
“Laurent Linn’s debut novel . . . asks compelling questions about responsibility, retaliation and integrity . . . readers will appreciate the happy place Adrian finds himself in at the story’s conclusion and the admirable choices he made to get there.”
—BookPage (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
“Draw the Line elegantly blends art and a coming of age story that explores identity, bullying, social issues, romance, and diversity . . . emotional and substantial.”
—100 Story Reviews (READ THE FULL REVIEW)
DRAW THE LINE has been selected for the 2017-2018 Spirit of Texas Reading Program High School List. Only 6 YA authors were selected for this honor.
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