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Saturday, 02 July 2011 13:36

The Lez Review - Drawing Love by Juli Jousan

Written by  Spoken Pandora



Drawing Love by Juli Jousan is a beautiful love story complete with disappointments, finding of one’s self, and growing. From the first moment you lay your hands on the cover, you are greeted with soothing pastels and flowing lines that form the image of Elka, just one of the lively characters Molly introduces us to during her “travels” in Drawing Love.

The book takes you through two phases of “Mo’s” life simultaneously; her teenage years and the present. Mo goes off to a summer art program in Amsterdam, an idea of her recovering alcoholic dad with the funding her stepfather that she has yet to accept. The intentions of her father are good-hearted and his way of not only being there for once in her life since the suicide of his best friend; but also he wants to help Mo embrace all of herself while providing a fall back-up plan in case her dreams of becoming a rock star don’t pan out.

Mo suffers from a broken heart that has fueled her art work for so long. And then Amsterdam happens and she finds a different muse. Her new “home” is filled with an eclectic blend of inspiration. There is the art teacher who reminds her of her mother and turns out to be one of the many guiding lights in her dark tunnel. There’s the black jacket that she “inherited” from her best friend back in the states. Samantha, her first love – a love condemned by their parents. Elka, a naturalist type, who is free spirited and born of a pure type of sexy. And the many foreign languages that fill the streets while she drinks coffee, smokes cigarettes, and plays her guitar on the sidewalks. All of these elements paint the canvas of Mo’s vibrant story during her summer in Amsterdam.

There were several aspects of this book that drew me in. The random drawings throughout the pages. The way the author went back and forth using journal entries and real-time dialogue and the many different stories within the story that give you the history of Mo.

I recommend this book, not only for adults, but also older teens who are struggling with their identity sexually, artistically, and mentally. Because this book touches on divorce, coming of age, addictions, art, and love, it is the perfect book for the masses that may find themselves lost and need a reminder of who they really are.

In this book Juli Jousan shows you how to hear colors and taste sound. She is, what I like to call, an artist’s writer. The words are just as enriching as the storyline she puts together. There are a few sex scenes in this book for those who do choose to share this book with their teens but they are more interpretive and of the innuendo type rather than an outright step by step account of intercourse.

In Juli’s own words: “It's the story of a young woman who is taking an art class in Amsterdam for the summer. The story is about love, music, and art. Ultimately, it's about a young lesbian's relationship with herself.”

You can buy Drawing Love, a lesbian-art-novella, published by Indie Writers Press for $14.95 plus shipping and handling. And to learn more about Juli Jousan visit her website: Girls Fall in Love with Eachother.

I would like to thank Juli for sharing her work and Indie Press for bringing it out to the masses. This is truly a good read and gets a 5 out of 5 in my book. Happy reading…


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