Drawn that way

Elissa Sussman

Book - 2021

Seventeen-year-old Hayley Saffitz, a confident, ambitious, aspiring animation director, participates in her idol's summer program but must risk her blossoming relationship with his son if she is to prove she is as talented as the boys.

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New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [2021]
First edition
Physical Description
341 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ages 12 up.
Grades 10-12.
Main Author
Elissa Sussman (author)
Other Authors
Arielle Jovellanos (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Hayley Saffitz isn't practical with her career dreams: she's passionate, she's ambitious, and she knows she's good. Like her hero, groundbreaking director Bryan Beckett, Hayley wants to work in animation, and when she snags a spot in Bryan's first-ever summer internship program—she's one of only a handful of girls—she knows those dreams are all within her reach. Her spirits are hardly dampened by the fact that Bryan's son, Bear, has also landed one of the coveted internship spots. Bear warns Hayley that talent has nothing to do with success, but she thinks he's just trying to get under her skin until she realizes exactly how much she and the other girls are overlooked. And, shockingly, Hayley realizes Bear is starting to get under her skin—only not in a bad way. Sussman, who herself has a background in animation production, challenges the boys-club nature of the industry head-on while developing Hayley as an artist, a collaborator, and a friend. Part romance, part coming-of-age story, this peek into a high-interest and cutthroat industry will have wide appeal. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While attending Bryan Beckett’s once-in-a-lifetime summer animation program and determined to get a director position, Hayley Saffitz goes up against Bryan’s son until the animosity between them turns into something unexpected. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“Packs a swoony punch along with its feminist rage.” —Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We KnowMoxie meets the world of animation in this fresh, unputdownable novel about a teen girl determined to prove herself in the boys’ club of her dream industry no matter what it takes.Hayley Saffitz is confident, ambitious, and intent on following in the footsteps of her hero, renowned animation director, Bryan Beckett. When she’s given a spot in his once-in-a-lifetime summer program, Hayley devises a plan: snag one of the internship’s coveted directing opportunities. Dazzle Bryan with her talent. Secure a job post-graduation. Live her dream.Except she doesn’t land one of the director positions. All of those go to boys. And one of them is Bryan’s son, Bear. Despite Bear’s obvious apathy for the internship, Hayley soon realizes that there’s more to him than she expected. As they work together, the animosity between them thaws into undeniable chemistry and maybe something…more.But Hayley can’t stop thinking about the chance she was refused.Determined to make a name for herself, Hayley recruits the five other young women in the program to develop their own short to sneak into the film festival at the end of the summer. As the internship winds down, however, one question remains: Will Hayley conform to the expectations of her idol, or will she risk her blossoming relationship with Bear—and her future—to prove that she’s exactly as talented as she thinks she is?