Literary Fiction

The Animators

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Kayla Rae Whitaker with The Animators.

by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Quick take

It is about something I love without reservation '“ women who aren’t afraid to want.

Why I love it

Here’s a confession that might ruin the (completely imaginary) friendship I have with Kayla Rae Whitaker, the author of The Animators '“ I don’t love animation. I like it just fine, but even as a kid who was only allowed unfettered access to the television on Saturday mornings, I became impatient with cartoons, flipping channels and looking for 'œreal' people.

So I approached The Animators warily...

Member thoughts

55% Love
33% Like
10% Dislike
  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH


  • malory s.

    Grapevine, TX

    "Damn. Loved the writing, and the friendship between the characters. Super emotional read "

  • Regan T.

    Dayton, KY

    "As long as I find myself wanting to pick it up everyday, I know it's a good one. It took a chapter or two to get into, but once I got a feel for the characters it took off."

  • Myla T.

    Kansas City, MO

    "Great book. Loved every minute of it."

  • Sarah D.

    Boston, MA

    "What a weird, sad, interesting, entertaining book."

  • Siri K.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "This is the best book of the year!!!!! Wow!!!! So strange and original and interesting- incredible story about a deep friendship and heartbreak. Loved it! What an important new talent!"

  • Lisa T.

    Houston, TX

    "This book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. I couldn't put it down."

  • Kirsten F.

    Washington, DC

    "So much heart! Haven't cried while reading a book in a long time. I'll definitely be revisiting Sharon and Mel's story in the years to come."

  • Leigh K.

    Minneapolis, MN

    "What a beautiful, haunting, and bittersweet portrayal of friendship. The plot was fresh and unexpected."

  • Stacy L.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Enjoyed the story of their friendship and life as animators. Different than what I would normally choose. Liked their dynamic and what was ultimately a love story."

  • Carolyn N.

    Norfolk, VA

    "This book is intense and amazing. You will go places with these two main characters that you would have never thought you would go. A splendid and creative surprise."