Drawn That Way — Praise


“Part romance, part coming-of-age story, this peek into a high-interest and cutthroat industry will have wide appeal.”

– Booklist

“[A] novel very of our time…about creativity and industry sexism and who gets to make entertainment.”

– Comics Worth Reading

“You won’t want to miss this one.”

– Alma

“A refreshing tribute to all the young women who are changing the story.”

– Kirkus

“Brimming with authenticity, from the intricate details of an animation studio to the complicated feelings of a teen crush, each page of this charming romp is unmissable.”

– Victoria Ying, author of City of Secrets

“Radical and deeply relatable, Drawn That Way is a fierce and feminist romance must-read.”

– Sam Maggs, author of
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Drawn That Way is the book I wish I read as a teen. It packs a swoony punch along with its feminist rage, and I couldn’t put it down. Sussman has written a book that does so much work but makes it look effortless—like the best stories out there.”

– Maurene Goo, author of
Somewhere Only We Know

“Sharp, surprising, and a little bit sexy, Drawn That Way is a clear-eyed look at a girl with ambition and the subtle, insidious power structures designed to stand in her way. I haven’t read anything else quite like it.”

– Katie Cotugno,
New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days

“Drawn That Way is as fierce and charming as its heroine. Elissa Sussman has written a timely, compelling story about love, creativity, and the fire of ambition, driven by equal parts heat and heart. I loved this book, and wish I could give it to my teenage self, and all the girls who are trying to figure out what it means to want their work to be acknowledged, and how to be loved in all of their messy, complicated glory.”

– Zan Romanoff, author of Look

“Elissa Sussman puts everything on the page for her main character Hayley, a teenager who only wants one thing: to direct her own short film during an internship at her favorite animation studio. Hayley’s journey has everything — from the all too familiar sense of impostor syndrome to figuring out how to succeed in a world that wants to pretend you don’t exist. Plus, the book is littered with wonderful illustrations by Arielle Jovellanos that perfectly complement Sussman’s already clever and compelling text. Drawn That Way is a funny, sweet, and absolutely heart wrenching novel for anyone who has ever just wanted to be seen.”

– Preeti Chhibber, author of Marvel’s Avengers Assembly and co-host of Desi Geek Girls
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