Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

I have had a print ARC of this book for months. So many months. And I have wanted to read it for just as long. But then I never started it. I felt like I wouldn't enjoy it. But then today I felt the need to give it a try. And I'm so glad I did. Because I really enjoyed this book. I found the writing to be beautiful.

I loved this book from the very beginning. It is written so well and I connected with the main character so much. Which makes me really happy. Though I am giving this book a four star, as I had a few small issues. But mostly I loved this book. And I am so glad that I read it. It was a bit unique and very special.

She Is Not Invisible is told from the point of view of sixteen year old Laureth. Who is such an awesome character. Though I do wish we had gotten to know a little bit more about her. Like what she does in other times. More about what the school is like. I would have enjoyed that as well, I think. Anyway. Laureth is blind. And has been since she was born. Which, to me, sounds all kinds of heartbreaking. I wouldn't have been able to be blind. Sniffs. But as she says, it is all she has known. And I do suppose it is different then. And I really did love how Laureth is dealing with it. Though we don't see too much about that either. She manages to do just about everything herself. But she also gets help. From her adorable little brother.

Her younger brother, Benjamin, was all kinds of adorable. He is only seven. But so smart. And so amazing. I adored him. I loved his plush animal; Stan. So cute, hih. And I loved his sort of.. hidden talent. It was pretty awesome. But also a bit heartbreaking. Sigh. Sounded a bit depressing. But I also really loved it. What I would really love is a sort of sequel to this book. About Benjamin. I would love to read about him as a teenager. As I think that would be pretty awesome, hih. Anyway. I really adored him.

Then there are the parents in this book. The thing is, the book is happening in just a few days. So we don't get to see much about their parents. But we do read about them. And I did like their mother. Though she did do some things that I disliked. Ack. And their dad. I'm not sure how to feel about him. He sounded pretty awesome. But also a little bit crazy. Which is the reason for the four star rating. I liked reading his notebook pages in this book, but I also didn't love it. I wanted to skip them a little.

There is an amazing plot in this book. I loved reading about all of it. I loved reading about Laureth and how life is for her. We see how mean some people can be. So heartbreaking. Like that guy on the plane. Ugh. Did not approve. But we also see some kind people. Like little Michael. I liked him a lot. Anyway. Most of this book is about the siblings searching for their dad in New York. And I loved it. It is full of mystery and suspense. I really enjoyed this book. So much happens and it is all awesome. So good.

Anyway. I don't want to say too much about this book. As it is just over two hundred pages long. But so much happens, even so. Yet it is a fast read. But so enjoyable. I really liked this book. Just wishing there had been even more about Laureth and Benjamin. Loved them so much. Sigh. And.. I might have been wishing there had been romance in this book. Sniffs. I want a sequel for that too, hih :D Anyway. You guys really need to read this book. Because She Is Not Invisible is a stunning book. I really liked it.

I am so glad that I finally decided to read this book. After having had it since November. Ahh. It took me forever to read it, lol. But then I started and it was such a fast read. I'm so glad I read it. It will always be a favorite of mine. Which makes me happy. HUGE thank you to Ksenia at Macmillan Kids for sending me this gorgeous ARC copy all those months ago. <3 It means a lot to me. I will be reading more books by Marcus. I also have an even older ARC by him, hih. Will read it soonish. I'm very excited to do so.


  1. YAY! So glad that you enjoyed this book, Carina! I guess I'll have to give this one a try after all!!
    Great review!

  2. I haven't seen too many reviews of this book. Marcus Sedgwick is pretty brilliant, isn't he?

    Glad you loved it, luv!

  3. I'm so glad you loved She Is Not Invisible too :-) I thought you would. It was so beautifully written with strong, well developed main characters. Adored the writing style. I'll be reading more from Sedgwick too!

  4. I love that you started this book and ended up loving it. It is always a nice surprise when I have had a book for a long time and end up enjoying it so much. I don't recall ever hearing of this one- but the cover is great! Thanks so much for sharing this one- I have added it my list. :)

  5. My co blogger really liked this one too and Ive been curious ever since. It sounds like a really compelling story with a great mystery and the characters all sound well developed, too! Plus, short books are awesome! >.< Great review, Carina!

  6. I've yet to read something by this author, but I've heard so many good things. I'm glad you finally managed to get around to this, Carina! It's great to hear that you enjoyed it. I also think reading from the point of view of a blind person sounds pretty interesting. The only one other book I can think of with that sort of element is Of Beast and Beauty, and I liked it a lot. Also, Benjamin here sounds super cute. :) Great review, lovely!

  7. The plot does sound like a great one, I need to check more into this, it sounds like a story for me.

  8. For whatever reason, I don't feel like I've read much about this one--though what I've heard has been really positive! I need to seek out a copy soon. :) Great review Carina! :D

  9. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one Carina :) I had read a few not so good reviews and thought I'd skip it, but you've made me want to at least give it a try for myself!


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