Monday, June 9, 2014
She is Not Invisible
Roaring Book Press, 2014
Audience: All Teens
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. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.
I love how quick Marcus Sedgwick’s books are. Despite their short length, they’re full of thought. I know that I missed important elements in this book because I was flying through it. I don’t know much about psychoanalysis either, and I know that was a block to understanding the story fully. The main character was interesting and different and I liked that. All of the characters were unique. Overall, it was very well done. The hint of supernatural and general mystery kept me reading.
It kind of reminded me of Wait Until Dark at the beginning, then I was disappointed when some of the same things happened in the book that also occurred in the movie. I think I would have been ok with it had they referred to the movie somehow. Obviously, Laureth wouldn’t probably know much about it and Benjamin was too young to have seen it. So it’s something I’m willing to overlook. The end scene ended up being a little anticlimactic, but I still liked the book.
The only small thing that bothered me about the book was that the main character was worried she wouldn’t be allowed to travel alone because of her disability. That would be a terrible reason to stop someone from traveling! It must be a valid concern for her, though, and that made me sad. On top of that, she didn’t want people to notice it at all. I would be self-conscious too, so I did appreciate how she mentioned different types of reactions from people once they found out.
This story made me think about the world in a different way, which is a great sign of a fantastic writer.