Saturday, May 03, 2014

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick.

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
The feeling that coincidences give us tells us they mean something... But what? What do they mean?

LAURETH PEAK'S father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers - a skill at which she's remarkably talented. When he goes missing while researching coincidence for a new book, Laureth and her younger brother fly from London to New York and must unravel a series of cryptic messages to find him. The complication: Laureth is blind. Reliant on her other senses and on her brother to survive, Laureth finds that rescuing her father will take all her skill at spotting the extraordinary, and sometimes dangerous, connections in a world full of darkness.

From acclaimed storyteller Marcus Sedgwick, She Is Not Invisible is a gripping contemporary thriller threaded with unsettling coincidence and a vivid and convincing portrayal of a young woman living without sight.


When I started the book, the beginning just sucked me in! When I read about Laureth kidnapping her little brother, trying to blend into the crowd in order to not look suspicions and avoid getting caught I thought "wow this book is going to be great!"

Laureth is a blind, 16 year old girl. I thought it was pretty cool that the author made her blind, since I had never read a book before with a blind main character. Laureth's dad is a very popular author, and he would get a lot of emails from his fans every day. However, he was not good about responding to them, so Laureth took it upon herself to reply for him. She had a device that read the emails aloud for her. In one of those emails, there was a very particular one about one of her dad's notebooks that was found in New York.

However, her dad was supposed to be in Switzerland searching for material for the book he was working on, so she wondered how did the notebook end up in New York. Since her dad never traveled without letting them know where he is going, she knew there was something wrong. And after trying to reach him several times without any success, she told her mom about her suspicions of her dad being missing. But her mother's response to her concerns was not what she had expected. She said to her daughter, "I could not care less about your dad." Apparently his obsession of writing about 'coincidence' was hurting their marriage. Even still, that is not a way I was expecting her to answer her daughter. Anyway, the mom planned to go to a party to her sister's, and once she was out of the house, Laureth took her mom's credit card from her wallet, bought plane tickets for her and her little brother and traveled from England to NY. And so, together Laureth and her little brother Benjamin, embarked on a little adventure following all the clues she had pieced together to find their dad.

The book was kind of boring, but towards the end it got better. Laureth was an awesome character.  Just because she was blind did not mean she was incapable or that she could not do things by herself.  Her mother was always pushing her to do things without help because she wanted her to be independent.

Even so, in her travels to New York she still needed her brother's help for some things. The end of the book wasn't what I was expecting. All this mystery about her dad's disappearance made me think that there was something bigger going on. It was a little bit of let down. I still enjoyed toward the end, and I liked the writing style a lot.

It is a small book, it is a fast read, and if you are a fast reader you'll be done with it in a day!

3 Stars
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