Today is pub day for The Truth of Right Now, a beautiful debut from author Kara Lee Corthron about two struggling teens who find solace in their unlikely freindship.
Lily is returning to her privileged Manhattan high school after a harrowing end to her sophomore year and it’s not pretty. She hates chemistry and her spiteful lab partner, her friends are either not speaking to her or suffocating her with concerned glances, and nothing seems to give her joy anymore. Worst of all, she can’t escape her own thoughts about what drove her away from everyone in the first place. Enter Dari (short for Dariomauritius), the artistic and mysterious transfer student, adept at cutting class. Not that he’d rather be at home with his domineering Trinidadian father. Dari is everything that Lily needs: bright, creative, honest, and unpredictable.
Dari is a swoon-worthy artist who is never without his sketchpad. I personally love artistic characters in novels and getting to know a character intimately through their art so I have compiled a list of my favorite YA novels that feature artistic main characters, much like Dari, for you to check out once you’ve finished The Truth of Right Now.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of the book yet, but want to start reading right away, we have an extended excerpt available for your reading pleasure!
Do you have a favorite artistic YA character? Let me know in the comments!