a-map-of-the-known-worldBook Title: A Map of the Known World
Author: Lisa Ann Sandell
# of pages: 289
Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 15, 2009)

Cora Bradley dreams of escape. Ever since her reckless older brother, Nate, died in a car crash. Cora has felt trapped in her small town. Her parents are increasingly overprotective, and even her best friend, Rachel, has begun to slip away.
So Cora seeks solace in art, drawing elaborate maps and envisioning herself in exotic locales. Then Cora’s maps lead her somplace unexpected: to Damian, the handsome, brooding boy who was in the car with Nate the night he died. Cora forms a tentative bond with Damian–himself an artist–who reveals to her the truth about who her brother really was. As Cora begins to piece together the fragments of her life, she finds herself falling for Damian. But will she have the courage to follow the chart of her heart?

A Map of the Known World draws you into Cora’s world so unexceptdly that you won’t notice when your on the last page of the book. The real reason I decided to read this book is because of the cover and the plot line. I’ve never read anything else by Lisa Ann Sandell before. But the plot really intrigued me into reading this book. The plot may be cliche to some, but I personally haven’t read anything about falling for your dead brother’s best friend while learning about your brother from him.

You get to know Nate as whom he acted to his parents and Cora, and then there is a whole other side to Nate that Cora discovers. Then Cora starts stopping at looking at all the bad things her brother did, and then she starts realizes to remember the good things about him. I really love the ending Sandell wasn’t afraid of making everything peachy keen at the end. It leaves you wanting more..