Monday, March 23, 2009

Review: A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell

A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell is a beautifully written story about high school student, Cora who is struggling to return to some level of normalcy after the death of her older brother. Taking refuge in her art she forms an unlikely relationship with her dead brother's best friend, Damian who helps her make sense of things.

The language used throughout this book is a delight to read and has made me seek out other books by Lisa Ann Sandell (I have Song of the Sparrow on my TBR pile). I was immediately drawn in to Cora's story and pretty much read the entire book in one sitting I was so captivated. One part in particular, made me tear up a little :(
'This feels like I'm turning a corner, and once I make this turn, I can't go back. But what exactly am I leaving behind? Nothing good, I think. If this is a turning point, I'll take it.'
The story isn't always a happy one, Cora and her family are almost torn apart trying to cope with their loss, but ultimately the story is one of survival, creativity and staying true to yourself.

I give A Map of the Known World 4.5/5 stars it's definitely one of my favourite books of the year and I would highly recommend it to everyone, especially anyone who is a fan of Sarah Dessen as they'd go well together.

A Map of the Known World (Ages 12+) by Lisa Ann Sandell ( is available in hardcover in April.


  1. Sounds really good. Great review!

  2. I'd love to read this. It sounds great. Thanks!!

  3. I've only read one Sarah Dessen book and thought it was okay. One of my best friends keeps telling me to give her one more try and read more of her books..well see hehe

    This really does sound good though and like something I'd really like. I hope I can get my hands on a copy soon. I tend to wait until it's in paperback before buying books though.

  4. I'm reading this one now. I'm really enjoying it so far which feels kind of weird to admit. I got to meet Lisa yesterday and she was so nice!

  5. I have yet to start this book but I believe I might just move it to the top of my to-be-read pile. It sounds great! Also, there is an award for you on my blog!

  6. How did I miss this review of yours? I have this book in my TBR pile and I can't wait to start it now. :)

  7. This was really something very special and interesting.