Book Review: She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

17839197Title: She’s Not Invisible

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Format/Length: Hardback/354 pages — HAHA I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE (you’ll get it when you read the book… but clever, very, very clever.)

Publisher/Date Published: October 3rd 2013/Orion Children’s

Category/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary-Mystery-Thriller

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Description: Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers – a skill at which she’s remarkably talented.

Her secret: she is blind.

But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.

3/5 stars –

★★★☆☆

I seem to be giving a lot of books three stars, lately — which is a good thing! Three stars means that I enjoyed the book, and She’s Not Invisible fell neatly into that category. I wasn’t sure what to expect for this one. What I wasn’t expecting was that the our protagonist, Laureth (whose name I love love love love by the way), is blind. (Yes I am aware that it says that it says she’s blind in the description; however I never actually read descriptions, so…) And for a novel written in first person, Sedgwick achieved this brilliantly! I could never fathom the idea of a novel written in first person with a protagonist being blind, but the author did it so well.

Mysterious, dark, and equally entertaining, I enjoyed this novel.

If you like contemporary, you’re probably going to like this. It focuses a lot on family relationships — and that was one of the things I loved most about this novel. There was no romance. Why? There was no need for it. None at all. This is a prime example of a YA novel that doesn’t have romance, and does well without it. I usually prefer the novels I read to have some element of romance in it — but that did not stop me from reading this novel at all; in fact, it make me even more curious.

There were a couple of things that irked me about this read, but not enough to hinder my enjoyment off the novel too greatly.

I was expecting more from this. She’s Not Invisible is predictable — and I don’t like predictable books.

In saying that though, this book wasn’t supposed to be surprising, I don’t think. It was about family relationships and writerly craziness and just how far one would go to search for their father. Seriously, I’m impressed that Laureth got onto a plane with her seven-year-old brother Benjamin, and his stuffed toy raven by themselves. I thought she was an exceptionally brave, independent and somewhat inspiring protagonist who never once gave up looking for her father.

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This book is about coincidences.

Lots and lost and lost of them — and I loved it all. It was fascinating to read: the parts shown in Laureth’s father’s Black Book, and the eerie coincidences that they came across on their journey to their father.

I liked Benjamin (and Stan) but . . .

One of my major irks with this novel was the way that, sometimes, it almost boarded on the paranormal. You’ll know what I mean when you learn more about Benjamin. In some instances, this could have been another layer of the story . . . but sadly, for me, it just didn’t work. I don’t know whether I would call it “paranormal”, exactly; that’s not really the right word to describe it. But it was strange and never truly explained — and therefore just left me feeling confused. If this had been tied into the story more, explained and expanded upon, then I think it could have worked. But because it wasn’t, it felt rather pointless.

Overall, though, I recommend this read. Mysterious, with loveable characters and an intriguing plot, it was a lot of fun to read. I could not put it down.

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If you’ve read it, what did you think of She’s Not Invisible? And if not, is it on your TBR list?

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: She’s Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

  1. One of the drafts I wrote last year had two narrators – a blind boy and a deaf girl. THAT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. I definitely need to buy this book for research :P also, I got The Ghosts of Heaven from Hachette, which looks awesome – maybe I’ll give that a go first. I love the sound of all the coincidences.

  2. I really enjoyed this book! I read it earlier in the year. All the coincidences were awesome. :D

    Also, finally another person who relates to the fact that 3 stars is good! Everyone seems to think that I rate weirdly or harshly. *facepalm*

  3. Oooh, fantastic review, Kara! I’m glad this was an enjoyable read despite the predictability. I actually borrowed this from the library last week, but had to return it unread. I’ll definitely have to get it out again. :)

  4. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Like, I think I gave it 4-stars? I think. (Gosh, it was like 2 months ago, I can’t be expected to remember back that far.) I loved the coincidences and the writer-inside-jokes and the fact it was really about family for once. I adore those kinds of contemporaries. It was a bit predictable, right? Although I really thought their dad would be dead. Um, yes. I have a sad little mind.

  5. I don’t like predictable books either, but I love mysteries and books written from unique perspectives, so I really want to read this book. I’ve only read one book from the perspective of a blind character, Things That Are by Andrew Clements, and I loved how unique and fresh it was. I hope this book lives up to the same standards. I also really hate romance in books, so I’m always glad when I read a book that focuses more on family and friends. They’re always so sweet and beautiful. And I love reading about writers, too, so that element of the book should be interesting.

  6. OMG the gif at the end!! That dog is adorable, lol! Anyway, I’ve had my eye on this for a while but never actually given it much thought. I have to admit that the book being told in first person and by a blind person sounds really interesting. I’m not big on contemporary at this moment, so maybe I’ll save it for later when I’ll be more apt to enjoying it :D Great review!

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