She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Published on April 22nd, 2014 (USA)
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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.
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Every now and again, I come across a book that is so thought-provoking and well-written, that I am left awestruck. This is the case with She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. This book didn’t need all the bells & whistles that you’d find in other popular YA titles to stand out. The writing, the characters, and the plot made for a wonderful reading experience. This is the type of book that stays with you long after you read it.
This book is read from Laureth Peak’s point of view. I loved Laureth from the very beginning. Not only was I captivated by her voice, but also her strength. Whether she realized her strength or not, I was fascinated by her intelligence, and her tenacity. Sometimes, when you read a story centered around a character who is different than you (whether that be economically, culturally, etc), it can cause problems with your connecting with them, as you’re unable to relate. I did not find that to be the case with Laureth. Even though Laureth is sixteen in the book, I was impressed by her maturity and ability to process the clues and information as she tried to find her father. Yes, she is blind, but despite that fact, she is able to overcome so much throughout this book. Time and time again, she proved that she was able to persevere. It was because of that fact, that I am able to consider Laureth Peak as one of my all-time favorite female heroines.
Another one of my favorite characters from this book was Laureth’s 7-year-old brother, Benjamin. He truly warmed my heart. The relationship that Laureth and Benjamin share, is quite endearing. I know that it’s hard to imagine a 7-year-old boy being so willingly helpful to his sister, but Benjamin’s character came across so genuine, and pleasant. It was great getting to see two siblings be kind and loving toward one another. I loved that whenever Laureth found herself becoming frustrated with her brother, she would take a “breather” to calm down, which then allowed for her to come back to the situation with level head, and an open heart. (Another reason to love Laureth!)
I felt like this book read a little heavy at times, but in a good way. By the time I got to the end, I found myself going back and rereading certain parts of the book. Every time I’d go back and reread something, it was almost as if I were rediscovering the book/plot again. I had several “ah-ha!” moments, and there were also times where I was on the edge of my seat, eager to see what would come next. If you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned any romance, that is because there wasn’t any in this book. I feel as though this story was strong enough on its own, without the need of romance. The writing was fantastic in this book, and I didn’t find it lacking in any way.
Bottom line, I loved this book. It’s the kind of book that I feel everyone should experience at least once. I absolutely adored this book, and it is one that I’ll be thinking about for a long while.
I want to give a shout-out Ksenia over at Macmillan for sending me a review copy of this book!
Thank you so much!
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