Fifteen-year-old Jackson Ryder has always loved art, but in the wake of his mother’s death, he must choose between his passion and his grieving father’s approval. Pulled from his New York home and thrust into the melting pot that is San Sebastiano, California in the 1960s, Jackson finds himself embroiled in an era of assassination, an emerging art scene, the Civil Rights Movement and The Beatles. As he learns how to deal with life, death and a new found interest in girls, drawing is the only thing stopping his world from spinning out of control.
Media for Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder
‘His writing about art has a captivating immediacy……..Lopez is a marvelous writer, summoning a world full of danger and promise and proving that the adult domain is no more certain or assured than that of the callow teenager.’
– Stephanie Jones, Coast Review.
“This is a substantial and critically competent novel.”
– Jessie Neilson, Otago Daily Times Review.
NZ Books Review (Jun 2016)
NZ Herald Canvas Review (May 2016)
Dominion Post, Stuff, The Press, Waikato Times Review (Apr 2016)
Lianza Review (Apr 2016)
Otago Daily Times Review (Mar 2016)
Bay Buzz Review (Jan/Feb 2016)
PlainsFM Radio Interview 13.5MB (Jan 2016)
TVHB Chatroom Interview (Dec 2016)
Whitby Newsbrief Article (Nov 2015)
Independent Herald Interview (Oct 2015, page 7)
Coast Review (Jan 2016)
Scoop Article (Nov 2015)