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Monday, August 24, 2015

Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro (Tour Review & Giveaway)

Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date:August 18, 2015

Published By:  Viking Books for Young Readers
WebsiteInto the Dangerous World on Goodreads

Julie Chibbaro Website
My review copy:e-copy in return for an honest review
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  Ror was raised a commune; she’s never attended a day of school, and has seen little of the outside world. What she knows best is drawing. To her, it’s like breathing; it’s how she makes sense of the world.

  When her father burns down the commune with himself inside, Ror’s life changes. She, her mother and sister end up in Manhattan, where she runs into trouble—and love—with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.

  On the city’s streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. What does she want?(Goodreads)

  Dado said he was going to save me, but I didn't know what he meant.  Staring at the thundering orange blaze, I thought I could have saved him somehow.  Anger rushed up like flames over the dome   I didn't care.  I thought I didn't care.  I thought that's how I felt.  For him to destroy himself and everything we had created, I didn't care.
  I would never be a norm.  I just didn't know how to act.  I was a girl raised by fucking hyenas, an uncivilized creature who didn't know how to talk to real people.
  I pushed at him: "Well, what do you think?  Where does someone like me go   really go?  Who am I painting for?  How do you know I'm any good?  ...  "

  I have to say that I became completely addicted to this book very early on.  The writing is different, but not in a bad way.  It's beautiful, lyrical and different.  All of these things combined make for a book that I honestly had a hard time putting down.  There were so many unique things about this book and writing drew me right in.  The artwork in the book is also beautiful in its own way; often making me wish I could see it in its full colourful glory.

  I loved this plot so much.  This was completely a unique story on finding who you are and the moral journey it takes to get there.  Ror knew what she loved, but so often she wasn't sure of herself.  Loosing everything in a way made her lose herself.  In a new place surrounded by new people and no desire to be there, Ror had to fight to find her place in this world.  Knowing that her heart and soul were in her art was the one thing that saved her.  However, even this pulled her apart sometimes.  Everyone seemed to be telling her where to go with it and what was a waste of her time.  The problem there was that Ror didn't know where she wanted to go, just that she wanted to live.

  When I think back to reading this I see the world in both vivid colours and toned down ones.  The reason behind this I can't fully explain.  Maybe it's because Ror's art always seemed brighter or darker to me.  She's the type of character that has the power to influence everything that's going on.  The world that she was thrust into ensured that she test her own limits and try new things.  This didn't only apply to her art, but many aspects of her life.  Ror was raised to stay away from things that drew peoples attention, but the new things and people calling her did exactly the opposite.

  The group of people that she found herself drawn to did not help this situation.  In a poor neighbourhood you make due with what you can.  Trey and the rest of NOISE INK are like a flame to Ror.  They have something she has never really experienced, a new type of art form.  However, with this comes so many dangers that Ror just didn't factor in.  The other problem is her attraction to Trey.  To be honest I just didn't like him that much.  He was crafted wonderfully and played his part extremely well, but I found he was often moved to easily by emotions or a twisted sense of honour.  This being said, there were times that I felt for him but there was never really a connection.

  Into the Dangerous World was something different to me.  It swept me away with it's depth and fascinated me with its world and painting.  There is a tale of what it is to struggle and what it is to start to overcome not the world, but ones self. It isn't always easy to walk your own path but Chibbaro shows us with her outstanding writing how it is possible.  I am not even sure how to properly recommend this, but if you enjoy contemporary I wouldn't doubt that you will love it as I did.

About the Author

Julie Chibbaro and Jean-Marc Superville Sovak are the husband and wife duo behind Into the Dangerous World (Viking 2015).

Julie Chibbaro was born into a family of artists, and also married one. She grew up in NYC during the explosion of graffiti art. She has written two historical novels, Redemption, which won the American Book Award, and Deadly, which won the National Jewish Book Award. JM Superville Sovak is half-Trini, half-Czech, half-Canadian. His fourth half is spent making art, for which he earned his M.F.A. from Bard College in NY.

They both live in Beacon, NY.

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