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The Animators: A Novel de Kayla Rae Whitaker
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The Animators: A Novel (edició 2017)

de Kayla Rae Whitaker (Autor)

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"In their first year of college, two young women, one from a Florida swamp, the other from a Kentucky holler, both outsiders at their prestigious east coast college, meet in "Introduction to Sketch" and become instant best friends. A decade later, Mel and Sharon's lives remain intertwined, but so much else has changed. Now a semi-famous New York filmmaking duo, they draw upon their own pasts to make intimate animated movies, a process that has left their personal lives--including their friendship--in tatters. When tragedy strikes, Mel and Sharon must return to their home states to confront long-buried secrets and try to restore damaged relationships with their families, lovers, and each other" --… (més)
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Títol:The Animators: A Novel
Autors:Kayla Rae Whitaker (Autor)
Informació:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2017), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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Completely absorbing. I found myself talking about the characters and stressing about their decisions as if they were real people I knew. It didn't go quite in the directions I expected, either. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
This was a super gritty, roller coaster-y, fantastic book. I really enjoyed the depth Whitaker gave her characters and the richness of environment. Though I have little knowledge of the animation/cartoon world, I never felt like I was shut out - Whitaker offers an entry point into this world. My biggest complaint is that there weren't any drawings to accompany the book - I would have LOVED to see some sketches! ( )
  bookishtexpat | May 21, 2020 |
Despite how much I wanted to like this, I just couldn't finish it. I managed to get about 40% through before calling it quits. I just wasn't a fan of the time jumps and didn't care for any of the characters.

*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  maebri | Mar 10, 2020 |
second take:

I just got home from my book club where we discussed the Animators and I discovered many things I enjoyed about the novel, once I look past my disappointment with the writing. The characters have depth. There are some vivid scenes. There are many stories being told within this novel, and while none of them get resolved in a typical fictional arc, that might actually be something to be intrigued by as a reader, instead of being grumpled by it. For instance, the novel could have stayed a college-discovery story all the way through, or it could have been the story of two women learning how to work together in a highly competitive field, or the story of addiction recovery, or the story of how friendship is tested after one friend experiences grave illness, or the story of recovering from childhood sexual trauma, or the story about how your own family looks different when you bring your best friend home to meet them, when you see them through your friend's eyes...or the story of meeting your first love when you're both grown up...or the death of a friend...they all could have been a whole novel, and instead none of these stories get fully told. That may not be a terrible thing.


My original review:

This novel is going to make a great TV series, for the simple fact that the book passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors, and we need more TV series that do exactly that. The scenes read like storyboards for a TV series, complete with dramedy-style moments of TV-style truth, and with unpredictable twists that come along every twenty pages or so that will make great season cliff-hangers.

As a book it fails for me completely, though.

Reading The Animators felt something like this to me...all quotes from the novel:

I grimace
He grimaces
The morgue guy grimaces
She grimaces
She walks through the stumble, grimacing
Her eyes go wide
His eyes are wide
She narrows her eyes
She narrows her eyes, grimacing
She narrows her eyes, gazing
The guard narrows her eyes
Teddy narrows his eyes at Mel and takes a deep breath
I take a deep breath
I open my mouth and fish a piece of enamel out
I open my mouth
I open my mouth
I open my mouth
She cries, mouth open
It all falls apart when I open my mouth

The clichéd beats began to feel like a metaphorical toothache, where twinges of annoyance grew to massive shooting stabs of pain and blotted out every other thing about the novel by the end.

I've been on Goodreads long enough to know that I'm unusually literal in the way I read, and that many people will be able to gloss right over these clichéd beats and that they fill in for the author what the author probably meant to write instead. People have started to realize this about my reading style and can adjust accordingly when reading my reviews.

But also this: I thought the child abuse subplot was gratuitous, melodramatic, poorly written, and unfortunate. This unexpected, unnecessary swerve in this story completely wiped out any points I might have given the novel for its Bechdel cred. ( )
  poingu | Feb 22, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker is an engrossing novel that explores the deep bond of friendship between two women who are also business partners.

Throughout her childhood, Sharon Kisses lost herself in cartoons in an effort to keep loneliness at bay while dreaming of escaping her small Kentucky town. Winning a scholarship to a prestigious college in Upper New York is her ticket to freedom and while she still feels like an outsider, she is enjoying the opportunity to hone her artistic skills. Striking up an unlikely friendship with vibrant and gregarious Mel Vaught is a huge turning point in her life and following college, the two women become business partners. It takes ten years of hard work, but they are finally attaining professional success after their first full-length animated project, based on Mel's childhood, garners them a prestigious grant for their next as yet undetermined project. As Mel begins to self-destruct during a publicity tour, Sharon experiences self-doubt about her role in their partnership. Dual tragedies strike and the women's friendship is tested as they begin working on their next project.

Both Mel and Sharon carry the scars from their dysfunctional childhoods but the two women cannot be more different. Mel is the outgoing, brash life of the party while Sharon is quiet and rather introspective. Neither have quite come to terms with the damage wrought by their respective pasts but they deal with their emotional pain in very different ways. Mel drinks heavily and self-medicates with a number of legal and illegal substances. Sharon is the responsible one who tries to reel in her out of control friend with varying degrees of success. She is also a bit of a follower who often finds herself swept up into Mel's craziness.

In the aftermath of a health crisis, Mel prods Sharon into confronting the demons of her past. During their visit to Kentucky, Mel persuades her friend to renew her acquaintance with her childhood friend, Teddy Caudill. Teddy abruptly moved away when they were still children, but a traumatic incident involving him still haunts Sharon. After their reunion, Sharon and Teddy unexpectedly fall in love but will their relationship survive after he uncovers the truth about Sharon and Mel's current project?

Written in first person from Sharon's perspective, The Animators is a spellbinding exploration of friendship and professional collaboration between two damaged but very appealing characters. Although portions of the story are easy to predict, the overall storyline is refreshingly unique and quite engaging. This outstanding debut by Kayla Rae Whitaker is an emotional story of friendship that will linger in readers' hearts long after the last page is turned.
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  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
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"In their first year of college, two young women, one from a Florida swamp, the other from a Kentucky holler, both outsiders at their prestigious east coast college, meet in "Introduction to Sketch" and become instant best friends. A decade later, Mel and Sharon's lives remain intertwined, but so much else has changed. Now a semi-famous New York filmmaking duo, they draw upon their own pasts to make intimate animated movies, a process that has left their personal lives--including their friendship--in tatters. When tragedy strikes, Mel and Sharon must return to their home states to confront long-buried secrets and try to restore damaged relationships with their families, lovers, and each other" --

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