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She Is Not Invisible PDF, ePub eBook 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 unrave 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I honestly think that Marcus Sedgwick is one of the most underrated writers that I've ever read. His books often leave me feeling mesmerised long after I've left the final page behind. He doesn't care about trends or pleasing people. He delivers unique stories and interesting narratives - each of which is nothing like the last. He writes in different genres and isn't afraid to cross the lines of them and make you wonder exactly what you've let yourself in for. I have a lot of admiration for him I honestly think that Marcus Sedgwick is one of the most underrated writers that I've ever read. His books often leave me feeling mesmerised long after I've left the final page behind. He doesn't care about trends or pleasing people. He delivers unique stories and interesting narratives - each of which is nothing like the last. He writes in different genres and isn't afraid to cross the lines of them and make you wonder exactly what you've let yourself in for. I have a lot of admiration for him. From the beautifully written historical fiction of Revolver, to the strange but compelling fantasy of Midwinterblood, he has always seemed to deliver. Which, I think, makes She Is Not Invisible doubly disappointing. This book tries. You can see it trying from page one. Maybe, you might say, it tries too hard. I was initially delighted by the introduction of a blind teen protagonist - not something I am too familiar with - and the engaging opening that presents us with a bizarre mystery. In this story, Laureth Peak's father is a famous writer who appears to have gone missing. He is supposed to be doing research in Europe but all is apparently not what it seems when someone contacts Laureth informing her that her father's notebook has been found in New York. Afraid for her father's safety and perhaps even his sanity, Laureth runs away with her brother on a mission to locate their missing parent after the other one seems unconcerned. Even inexperienced readers will find themselves mentally working through the possibilities of what could have happened - good news is, you're all probably wrong. But there's bad news too. Or there was for me. Firstly, there's a lack of believability in everything that happens in this novel. I can suspend disbelief quite a lot, I really can. But not only does Laureth manage to fool numerous airport staff into letting a blind sixteen-year-old girl leave the country with her kid brother, she also manages to sufficiently distract the security at the New York airport enough that they simply wave her through. That's right. The security staff at an airport were like "oh well, we're a bit distracted with this other thing over here so go on through". The book was already losing me by this point. The problems I had with the believability were a real shame. More so in this than other books because I really appreciated the author trying to realistically portray the way a blind person perceives the world. Through Laureth, I had the opportunity to think about things I don't normally consider and understand a bit more about the difficulties facing people with little to no eyesight. It made for some sad and terrifying scenes in the book. But it still failed in the end, if you ask me. The book became a joke with every ridiculous turn it took and this detracted from what had started as something really special. Though perhaps the thing I disliked most were the attempts to make this book deeply philosophical. This is what I mean when I said it tried too hard. Unlike the other novels I've read by this author, the book set out to convey a message, not to tell a story. And it didn't work. The slow build-up was manageable only because it seemed to promise a wow factor somewhere down the line... it was anticlimactic, to say the least. The main story is split up with pages of Laureth's father's notebook which talks about coincidence, patterns of the universe, Einstein (amongst other scientists) and the general meaning of it all. It asked big questions but seemed to end with a shrug of its metaphorical shoulders that left me feeling like I'd just wasted the last couple of hours. Very disappointing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    L A i N E Y

    “The Benjamin Effect is in operation” Can you say ‘sibling goal’? Laureth & Benjamin (&Stan). How effing wonderful! I’ve absolutely no idea how plausible this whole book really is but when it’s this fun , seriously, who cares?? I’m not unhappy with the way I am, because I don’t mind being blind. What I mind is people treating me as if I’m stupid Laureth’s voice was so distinct, it kept me glued. She was so full of compassion and understanding, it was just totally impossible not to root fo “The Benjamin Effect is in operation” Can you say ‘sibling goal’? Laureth & Benjamin (&Stan). How effing wonderful! I’ve absolutely no idea how plausible this whole book really is but when it’s this fun , seriously, who cares?? I’m not unhappy with the way I am, because I don’t mind being blind. What I mind is people treating me as if I’m stupid Laureth’s voice was so distinct, it kept me glued. She was so full of compassion and understanding, it was just totally impossible not to root for her and take her side even when you saw her committed one outrageously reckless act after another. She is absolutely NOT invisible. Not to me by a long shot. Benjamin oh Benjamin, how can you be this smart and adorable? I would be real sad when you, eventually, grow up! Do not lose your Stannous, love?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Blythe

    Before I get to anything else, it should be said that I thought this was really wonderful. But, with that having been said, I think She Is Not Invisible will be met with very contrasting opinions soon enough--and it already has, among friends of mine and myself--but knowing that makes me think it's even more wonderful. What I found absolutely fascinating about She Is Not Invisible, others will find boring, I'm sure. Much of the novel--namely the portions regarding Laureth's father's notebook and Before I get to anything else, it should be said that I thought this was really wonderful. But, with that having been said, I think She Is Not Invisible will be met with very contrasting opinions soon enough--and it already has, among friends of mine and myself--but knowing that makes me think it's even more wonderful. What I found absolutely fascinating about She Is Not Invisible, others will find boring, I'm sure. Much of the novel--namely the portions regarding Laureth's father's notebook and its contents--reads just like a college lecture or textbook on philosophy, and I think by me telling you just that you'll be able to tell if this book is for you or not. In the end, I think you'll either find this book either a complete waste of time, or utterly profound and clever. I fall into the latter camp. She Is Not Invisible is a very, very slow moving novel; there's nothing particularly exciting going on until the end, really, but I wouldn't consider that to be one of the book's flaws at all. The book doesn't need breakneck action, and I think that if it were exciting, all the excitement would feel almost out of place. And unnecessary; it has its own layer of intensity when you fully come to terms with the fact that you're seeing things through someone who can't see. I would also definitely consider this literary fiction, and the way in which Marcus Sedgwick writes the perspective of a blind MC is exceptional and interesting. Also exceptional and interesting is how Sedgwick incorporates philosophy, patterns of the universe, and the true (and thorough) logic behind coincidences into She Is Not Invisible. This is pretty much where the lecture part of the novel kicks in, and although I did think some of it was info-dumpy and at times maybe even a bit overwhelming, for the most part I loved all of the philosophy bits. But, if you're not one for reading a lot of facts about statistics (some about math, which even I found fascinating, and I hate math), and, well, things you'd probably hear in a college philosophy lecture or read in a textbook, She Is Not Invisible might not be for you. However, it's all integral to the story, and I think even if you don't find the subject matter itself interesting, what you may find interesting is how it all relates to what happens in the novel. The characterization admittedly wasn't the best in my opinion, nor was the big reveal of what happened to the father (which I thought was anticlimactic, but I loved everything about how the characters got to the reveal). Coming out of the novel I'm still not sure if I have a solid feel on who the characters are, but the way in which Laureth's narrative is written is innovative and ballsy and I love it. If I were challenged with the task to write from the perspective of a blind MC, I think I'd cry myself to sleep at night, but Marcus Sedgwick does it damn well. Laureth's perspective brings up subtle points about loneliness and a fantastic point about the things we assume about people when we're given minimal information about them. It made me stop and compare how I see the world and go through it daily to how she does; made me wonder how I would maybe look at the world if I were blind, and how I would even function. With She Is Not Invisible, Marcus Sedgwick has written one of the most thought-provoking perspectives I've ever read, and really, just one of the most thought-provoking novels I've ever read. It's the type of book that will make you stop and think about how you see the world at any given moment; it will make you think about coincidences, and the almost-coincidences, and will have you begin to notice them in your life. I know that this book will not be for many readers, but I think that if you're the type who likes it when a book can make you stop in daily life in just think, even after you've finishing reading it, and if you can enjoy the little "lectures" in this novel, She Is Not Invisible will certainly be worth the read. I can almost promise you that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Clever and thought-provoking, and an interesting change of pace for an author mostly known for dark, gothic stories. (It's so nice to see the humorous, pleasant side we've gotten to know through his interviews!) While the ending was a bit less complex than I expected, I love everything I've read by this author and this book is no exception. Review to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    I read this book for the Diversity in All Forms Goodreads' Book Club. If you would like to join in the discussion here is the link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... We read this book for World Braille Day. Laureth is a 16-year-old girl from London. Her father is a famous author that decides to travel to New York City to research coincidences for his new book. However, when his writing shows up unexpected in a strangers hand Laureth becomes concerned, especially because he won't answer the I read this book for the Diversity in All Forms Goodreads' Book Club. If you would like to join in the discussion here is the link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... We read this book for World Braille Day. Laureth is a 16-year-old girl from London. Her father is a famous author that decides to travel to New York City to research coincidences for his new book. However, when his writing shows up unexpected in a strangers hand Laureth becomes concerned, especially because he won't answer the phone. Laureth makes an impulsive move to find her father. She and her younger brother fly from London to New York to find him. I really found this book fascinating because Laureth is blind. There are not too many books that tell a story from a main character who is blind. Laureth had to rely on her other senses and on her brother to survive.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    ".. and you don't have to understand everything about something to love it, do you? In fact, sometimes that can make you love something more." My second book from Marcus Sedgwick and I'm totally impressed. I don't know exactly why but all I can say is I totally dig this book that I didn't mind that some scenarios were kinda unrealistic and not believable. I am swept away by the greatness of this book. It's free-flowing, nervous-inducing and heart-warming novel that I immensely devoured. I also ".. and you don't have to understand everything about something to love it, do you? In fact, sometimes that can make you love something more." My second book from Marcus Sedgwick and I'm totally impressed. I don't know exactly why but all I can say is I totally dig this book that I didn't mind that some scenarios were kinda unrealistic and not believable. I am swept away by the greatness of this book. It's free-flowing, nervous-inducing and heart-warming novel that I immensely devoured. I also didn't experience any boredom while reading this. Seriously. I thought this is the first time I read a book which has a blind as a main character (who is Laureth). The story is good yet with a blind main character, the story got better. Not because Laureth is blind but because her character as a blind was plausible and portrayed very well by the author. It was revealing and convincing for me. And there were thoughts and insights chanelling by the author through Laureth's character about blindness that are admiring and moving at the same time. Besides, even some thought it was trying hard to be deeply philosophical, I found the lectures and explanations (which is a main part of the story) about coincidences, patterns of the universe and math interesting and helpful, not just storywise but readerwise also since I've got to learn something I don't know. It was really good, okay. Thought-provoking, clever and diverse, She is Not Invisible imparts an important message about blindness, life, obsession, chances and some things we make us think, that eventually we need to think about.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    I really loved Laurith's perspective and the system she and Benjamin created to communicate was fascinating! But, you really read a thriller for the ending. The big twist is what makes or breaks a book like this, and for me, it was very anticlimactic. (view spoiler)[ Basically, some guys on a plane overheard her dad saying his book was worth gold and diamonds, they thought he meant REAL gold and diamonds, so they decided they needed to steal them. They mugged him and left him stranded (which is w I really loved Laurith's perspective and the system she and Benjamin created to communicate was fascinating! But, you really read a thriller for the ending. The big twist is what makes or breaks a book like this, and for me, it was very anticlimactic. (view spoiler)[ Basically, some guys on a plane overheard her dad saying his book was worth gold and diamonds, they thought he meant REAL gold and diamonds, so they decided they needed to steal them. They mugged him and left him stranded (which is why he went missing and didn't return Laurith's calls), then they stalked (and threatened to rape) Laurith so they could steal the money. Yeah, so that's a bit far fetched, but what really got me, was the fact that when the bad guy cornered Laurith in her room and she got away, the book ends with her running into her dad in the hotel lobby, him saying, "there's some police over there, we'll just turn the guy in", so they do, and then the guys are arrested and dad explains that he was fine the whole time. That's it. That's the end. Oh, and mom and dad's marriage is better because of the worry kids put them through. So the kids don't get in trouble for running away and lying and stealing their money to pay for the trip and so on. So basically, if the kids had never left home, dad would have still made it back to the hotel on his own, the police would have still been conveniently hanging out in the lobby, so he could have turned them in, and he would have still decided what he wanted to write about next. So yeah, it felt a bit anticlimactic and.. pointless. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2014 5 Words: Coincidence, blindness, drama, family, searching. When I first finished this book I though Damn, that was good. But now I've had a chance to think. And I'm thinking, maybe it's not so good. So now I'm all confused. Time for a Good vs. Bad review so I can sort my feelings out. THE GOOD The pace - this book builds and builds to an excellent, exciting ending. It was an interesting idea, for sure, and it even made me think about going off and researchin North East Teenage Book Awards Nominee 2014 5 Words: Coincidence, blindness, drama, family, searching. When I first finished this book I though Damn, that was good. But now I've had a chance to think. And I'm thinking, maybe it's not so good. So now I'm all confused. Time for a Good vs. Bad review so I can sort my feelings out. THE GOOD The pace - this book builds and builds to an excellent, exciting ending. It was an interesting idea, for sure, and it even made me think about going off and researching. Also, Laureth was pretty amazing. I'm sure she'd say she's just normal, but managing to do what she did, face what she faced, that'd be exceptional for anyone. THE BAD It felt like it was trying too hard. Way too hard. It was like there was this idea and it was played out until it almost hurt to read. And Benjamin's thing was just a little too convenient too. THE RESULT OK, so maybe I was being a little hard on this. It was pretty good overall and I really enjoyed it while I read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    Actual Rating : 4.5 stars I think that this is one of the first books that I have read that the main character is a blind 16 year old. To me this book was a quick and adorable story to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    This one is powerful in a quiet way. Most people commonly talks about rape, murder, vengeance and a lot more usual topics we usually see in a book. But what I love about this book is that, it shows us how a blind person perceives the world. I rarely read about blind people because it's rare to find a fiction novel about blind people. This book teaches me a lot of things. Not just about how people treats about blind person but about the things we usually take for granted. The ending, that a lot This one is powerful in a quiet way. Most people commonly talks about rape, murder, vengeance and a lot more usual topics we usually see in a book. But what I love about this book is that, it shows us how a blind person perceives the world. I rarely read about blind people because it's rare to find a fiction novel about blind people. This book teaches me a lot of things. Not just about how people treats about blind person but about the things we usually take for granted. The ending, that a lot of people remarks as "bland " is perfect for me. Although at first I was rooting for an ending that mind-fucks people. (This is because I usually loves to read about book with maddening endings..) But then, this book takes the phrase "realistic fiction" in a whole new level so I realized that it doesn't need a mind-fucking ending to be beautiful. Life doesn't usually gives us cliffhanger endings unless you're a real-life badass mercenary or a special agent. Sometimes, stories ends in a quiet peaceful way. And sometimes, that's the most beautiful ending of all. Here are my favorite quotes: You can also find this one in Quote Roundup Read this.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 Stars “Why is it that sometimes you forget just how much you love someone until they’re gone? Why are we so stupid? Shouldn’t we always remember that the people we love are more important to us than anything else?” This book doesn’t mess around. We bump right into big questions and big trouble! Laureth Peak fears her father may be in danger, so she sets off to find him with her little brother, Benjamin. And Stan too—Benjamin’s stuffed animal raven. :) This is a cross the ocean—from London to Ne 3.5 Stars “Why is it that sometimes you forget just how much you love someone until they’re gone? Why are we so stupid? Shouldn’t we always remember that the people we love are more important to us than anything else?” This book doesn’t mess around. We bump right into big questions and big trouble! Laureth Peak fears her father may be in danger, so she sets off to find him with her little brother, Benjamin. And Stan too—Benjamin’s stuffed animal raven. :) This is a cross the ocean—from London to New York--type adventure. A “we-can-get-into-BIG-trouble” adventure! Following the mysterious clues and notes in their Dad’s notebook, Laureth and Benjamin travel up & down and all around New York City in hopes of finding him safe and sound. From taxi rides to deli specials, New York plays a huge role in this story. A role that made this mystery come to life on the page with personality, sounds and smells. So stick your hand in the air, hail a cab and jump on in! This is a ride and read that will charm, confuse and entertain. For such a short read, there is a lot boiling in the plot pot. The trials and troubles of writing, coincidences, and obsession to name a few. I enjoyed the first half of the book very much. The tone started out light and lovely by showing Laureth and Benjamin’s warmth, love and trust for each other. Benjamin is the sweetest kid! His whispers to Stan made me smile and the way he helped guide Laureth through the dark made me proud. But wow! The creep factor oozed in fast near the end of the book. It gave me the shivers how fast the mood changed from tension and worry to dark and slimy! Plus…. (view spoiler)[ Benjamin, 7 years old, reading about so much death and suicide turned my stomach. It went too far for me. (hide spoiler)] The main reason why I read and liked this book was because the main character—Laureth—is blind. Do you know how rare a blind main character is for young adult fiction? VERY rare. I have someone in my life that is visually impaired, so I’m always on the lookout for characters that might speak to her. A lot of what Laureth said rang true. Some comments and thoughts hit me pretty damn hard actually. “I am scared, almost all the time. But I never tell anyone. I can’t afford to. I have to go on pretending I’m this confident person, because if I don’t, if I’m quiet, I become invisible. People treat me as if I’m not there.” *deep, deep, breath* I liked this story for many reasons, but most of them are close to my heart and home. This was my first Marcus Sedgwick book and it won’t be my last. He is a true story teller. His characters, way with words, and sense of adventure all swept me in. Off to hunt down more from the man. A quick, entertaining read that I would recommend picking up from your library.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    I had no idea how thought-provoking She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick would be or how much I would enjoy this YA read! I love the world building and descriptions of people and places. Never have I been able to mentally picture a scene through only sound, smell and feel, but thanks to Laureth, the narrator and main character, I am amazed at how clearly I could be “in the moment.” Laureth is a blind sixteen-year-old who sets out on a mission to find her missing father with her six-year-old I had no idea how thought-provoking She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick would be or how much I would enjoy this YA read! I love the world building and descriptions of people and places. Never have I been able to mentally picture a scene through only sound, smell and feel, but thanks to Laureth, the narrator and main character, I am amazed at how clearly I could be “in the moment.” Laureth is a blind sixteen-year-old who sets out on a mission to find her missing father with her six-year-old brother and his stuffed raven, Stan in tow and so begins their journey from London to New York. A daunting feat for anyone, but Laureth possesses a confidence that she can do it with the help of Benjamin, who becomes her eyes when needed. Where is their author/father? Is it his obsession with coincidences that has made him go AWOL? Marcus Sedgwick has put together captivating characters, an international adventure and done more to shed light on the day to day challenges of what a person without sight must endure than any dry, non-fiction publication with his crisp writing and attention to the emotional detail. Being different doesn’t mean being insignificant, doesn’t mean having to go the extra mile to make people comfortable, we should all leave our comfort zones and never underestimate the power of determination. The real story here is about the journey Laureth, Benjamin and Stan take against all odds, all in the name of family and love. Mr. Sedgwick has created an eye-opening experience, a wondrous adventure and an amazingly entertaining read! I admit, I couldn’t have done what these two did! I received an ARC edition from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Roaring Brook Press in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: April 22, 2014 Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group|Roaring Brook Press ISBN: 9781596438019 Genre: YA Number of Pages: 224 Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  13. 5 out of 5

    ALPHAreader

    One final time I told myself I wasn’t abducting my little brother. Thus begins Marcus Sedgwick’s triumphant young adult novel ‘She Is Not Invisible’ about sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak who ‘abducts’ her seven-year-old brother, Benjamin, and goes on a thrilling adventure from Manchester, UK to New York in search of their missing father. Jack Peak was a famous novelist – back when he wrote ‘funny’ books – but for the last few years (most of Benjamin’s life in fact) Jack Peak has been working on a ne One final time I told myself I wasn’t abducting my little brother. Thus begins Marcus Sedgwick’s triumphant young adult novel ‘She Is Not Invisible’ about sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak who ‘abducts’ her seven-year-old brother, Benjamin, and goes on a thrilling adventure from Manchester, UK to New York in search of their missing father. Jack Peak was a famous novelist – back when he wrote ‘funny’ books – but for the last few years (most of Benjamin’s life in fact) Jack Peak has been working on a new book all about coincidence. It’s taken up most of his time, maybe even his sanity and possibly his marriage– as he researches Edgar Allen Poe, Carl Jung, Albert Einstein the haunting of number-354 and The Hound of Heaven. Most recently he’s been on a research trip to Switzerland … but when Laureth hasn’t heard from her father in almost a week, she grows concerned. Even more so when she receives a mysterious email from someone in New York claiming to have found her father’s precious notebook. Her mother seems unconcerned with Jack’s whereabouts, but Laureth has a funny feeling. She’s determined to go to New York and find her father, but she needs Benjamin to do it. Because Laureth is blind. Once we were at Auntie Sarah’s and Mum found me crying, and I think she knew what was going on, but she couldn’t bring herself to say it. So I said it for her. ‘It’s okay. They’re just idiots. Can’t handle someone who’s a bit different.’ And Mum started crying then and told me how sorry she was but I told her not to be, because you can’t miss what you’ve never had, because I’m not unhappy with the way I am, because I don’t mind being blind. What I mind is people treating me as if I’m stupid. I’m in absolute awe of both Marcus Sedgwick and Laureth. Here is a heart-palpitating mystery thriller about two children following the trail of their father’s mad scribblings through the world’s busiest city – and the entire story is narrated by Laureth. It’s no mean feat to communicate the sounds and smells, the feel of New York minus the sense of sight, but Sedgwick does it marvellously. The story is told in real-time as Laureth and Ben go hunting for their missing father, and while piecing together his puzzle, Laureth reflects on the events leading up to her father’s disappearance and the long obsession he’s had with his book on coincidence. Interspersed throughout the book are pages from Jack Peak’s ‘black book’ – containing ideas about his next book, mad ramblings about the number 354 and a seeming paranoia about The Hound Of Heaven. Without a doubt, it’s refreshing to read a young adult book with a blind protagonist, but especially Sedgwick’s book because Laureth’s lack of sight is never communicated as a ‘disability’. It’s just who she is and she wouldn’t change it even if she could, but she is frustrated at having to adapt to other people who treat her differently (from begrudging pity to empty sympathy). Laureth is in no way held back by her blindness. In fact, it gives her a far more open perspective of people. I remember being tiny, about Benjamin’s age, standing in the sweet shop, and the woman behind the counter asking Mum, ‘What does she want? Does she like chocolates? Or something else? How do you manage with her? It must be very hard…’ She kept on and on, as if I wasn’t there. As if I were invisible. But I’m not. The woman kept on and on, and Mum didn’t know what to say, and I just stood there, feeling more and more upset, and as she went on, I suddenly thought it was as if she was the one who was blind, and couldn’t see me, not the other way around. ‘She Is Not Invisible’ is also a writing triumph for Marcus Sedgwick. I don’t want to give the surprise away – but coincidences run deeper in this book than just the plot, and when it’s revealed just how much tricky thought Sedgwick put into the writing, your jaw will drop ‘She Is Not Invisible’ is a wonderful novel, and definitely going on my favourite’s list. Laureth is one of the finest young sleuths and this mystery thriller is so finely crafted so as to send tingles down your spine well after the last page …

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    So I had an absolutely awesome time reading this and maybe it's not perfect but I DON'T EVEN CARE. It made me happy. I'm giving it 4-stars, but it should be 4.5 really.... It's about a blind girl and her little brother and comics and writers and 354 and missing fathers and prejudice against disabilities. It's amazing. It was so well written and so, so clever. For instance, the number 354 features really hugely in the book and do you know what page the book ends on? THAT'S RIHT: 354. How clever So I had an absolutely awesome time reading this and maybe it's not perfect but I DON'T EVEN CARE. It made me happy. I'm giving it 4-stars, but it should be 4.5 really.... It's about a blind girl and her little brother and comics and writers and 354 and missing fathers and prejudice against disabilities. It's amazing. It was so well written and so, so clever. For instance, the number 354 features really hugely in the book and do you know what page the book ends on? THAT'S RIHT: 354. How clever is that?! And I'm a sucker for books that deal with a minority, in this case, blindness. I like to try and experience these things. My life is tied up in seeing, so I cannot imagine living without site. The narrator, Laureth, has never seen anything. Can you imagine writing a book without describing ANYTHING?! It would be hard. This author gets every gold sticker ever. Laureth is a really likeable narrator. She starts off the book by admitting she's kidnapping her little brother (hooky first sentence too, by the way). She knows she's being stupid, but her dad is missing and she has to find him. (Her mother is kind of indifferent because the parents are fighting.) Laureth knows she can't do things by herself, being blind, so she brings along Benjamin who is 7-years-old and adorable and very intelligent. The book is full of intelligent, well-written characters. I loved Laureth. I loved her need for independence but the reality that she quietly admitted that..she was scared and her "calmness" was just a show. LET ME HUG YOU, CHILD. Even the really minor characters were well fleshed out. (Like the 12yrs Michael who spoke in like a Dickens novel.) Disabilities freak people out, and She Is Not Invisible really drew attention to that. It's sad, but true. A lot of people don't know how to react when they see a blind person. It really broke my heart when people would be friendly to Laureth...until they realised she was blind. Then they'd quickly exit. SO WRONG. Lemme shake my fist. The blindness was well written, and, like I said, nothing was described. But yet the entire book was perfect. Awesome, huh?! Okay...I do have a few negatives. There's this thing with Benjamin that's (view spoiler)[ he can't touch electronics without breaking them. Um. SAY. WHAT?!! I was really weirded out by that. But apparently there is a person in history who has that. If they touch electronics they'll fry them. So this was definitely a big part of the book and it almost felt paranormal, you know? (hide spoiler)] and I wasn't sold. Then there's a lot of talk about the science and history behind "coincidence" and theories and complicated reasons and while it was well explained...I got lost. Which is easily done, I admit. There were just parts I wasn't so interested in because I wanted to get back to the finding-the-dad-thing. I loved this book. I loved walking around in Laureth's shoes and I loved the writing and I particularly loved the family sweetness. SIBLINGS.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

    2.5 Cover: LOVE Title: LOVE Story: this book is the ultimate troll. Yet it could have been so much fun, if only. If only it hadn't been hellbent on making me believe, disbelieve in coincidences, stuffing in my mind all the concepts that I already might or might not believe. In a way, She Is Not Invisible became preachy, too preachy. The plot is double cool with knobs: a blind girl, her little brother with crazy supernatural powers seek to rescue their father's secret notebook and find the father, to 2.5 Cover: LOVE Title: LOVE Story: this book is the ultimate troll. Yet it could have been so much fun, if only. If only it hadn't been hellbent on making me believe, disbelieve in coincidences, stuffing in my mind all the concepts that I already might or might not believe. In a way, She Is Not Invisible became preachy, too preachy. The plot is double cool with knobs: a blind girl, her little brother with crazy supernatural powers seek to rescue their father's secret notebook and find the father, too, who they believe, is lost in a single weekend while her mother is away at her aunt's. And a sagacious kid. And trains. WIN WIN WIN! On every bloody account. The combination of each of those elements makes for a very unique reading experience, which is further embellished by the themes of pattern, coincidence, synchronicity, Carl Jung v/s Einstein going on. It's a story, it's an author that could open one's mind to millions of possibilities, some apparent like dust and the rest a kaleidoscope. I had fun, so much fun and with these endless possibilities floating around: what are those words? what does that mean? for real?, it had me believing despite the fact that I may already have known and accepted that, it had me believe I believed; it persuaded me to question what I thought I believed; and to go out with a bang, it gave me goosebumps. Because it was frightening, and while unrealistic, being caught up in the mood of the novel, I was very much invested and ergo, panicked like Laureth did. But those were the choice moments; otherwise, the book simply enervated me with its seemingly disingenuous and forceful commentary on synchronicity. However, these feelings of mine are for one side of the schism that divides the story, for every alternate chapter that was a snippet from the secret notebook of Mr Peak. It stymied the solid three star I would've given otherwise by turning the book into a discordant piece, with the narrative being interrupted exactly when I was beginning to get interested. The residue of me includes enjoyment, a coupla 'yahoo!', the occasional 'meh' and 'blah' and in the end, shock and disappointment. Marcus Sedgwick is a perspicacious author; his characters illustrate that. Laureth isn't a indigent for her visual disability, nor is her little brother annoying-cute-idiotic in the way that little brothers definitely aren't. The parents aren't written up/off as side characters' usual lack of depth, nor is that one green-eyed guy who appears for a few minutes in what could considered a filler scene, but frankly, how else is the reader supposed to spend the flight? There is no administration of pathos, yet it manages to be a poignant story- for a while. The writing is simplistic but very, very oft evocative, and, when it aims to be, chilling. In short, Sedgwick writes and its effect is conveyed almost completely. Laureth and her brother's journey through shit and muggers and NYC airport was riddled with problems they miraculously overcome: he has superpowers, someone has brothers, serendipity and coincidence, and get the gist. For once, I didn't mind(wouldn't have minded superpowers anywho). It's an adventurous story that appealed to every part of me, and will surely be a hit with many readers. Similarly, the attempts to make it give it more depth will turn off many readers. As to the ending, the resultant egression for which caused much distress and loss of gray cells, it was a paragon of trolling. My feelings about it are the opposite sides of the same biased(due to a chip on the less recurring side(manufacturing problems and all)) coin: I feel irked that after so much hard work, albeit exasperating hard work, this is what it comes to; because, DAMMIT! I paid attention and tried hard not to let my mind divert towards moths fluttering under the streetlamp. And still, I think I am somewhat glad that it was resolved this way, because it was getting too much. Back to the earlier argument, though: precisely because it was getting too much, it shouldn't have ended like that. I felt like there was something she would take away, but I have no idea if she did. In short, the ending is: It could've been great, it was but then, no more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Although I’m new to Marcus Sedgwick’s work, I took one look at his previous ratings and award nominations and rushed to download She Is Not Invisible, confident I would enjoy it. It is, indeed, obvious that Sedgwick is an author of great talent – in this book, his sentences appear to be liquid, blending together effortlessly in a prose piece of extraordinary beauty. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough. This is not Sedgwick’s first book written from a teen girl’s perspective. There is The Foresha Although I’m new to Marcus Sedgwick’s work, I took one look at his previous ratings and award nominations and rushed to download She Is Not Invisible, confident I would enjoy it. It is, indeed, obvious that Sedgwick is an author of great talent – in this book, his sentences appear to be liquid, blending together effortlessly in a prose piece of extraordinary beauty. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough. This is not Sedgwick’s first book written from a teen girl’s perspective. There is The Foreshadowing, for one, and possibly even others. But I’d venture to say that he knows very little about 16-year-old girls, since there was nothing about Laureth’s voice that struck me as particularly authentic. I’ve never read a YA book with a blind protagonist, which is a pity, but Laureth’s double standards bothered me immensely. On the one hand, she tried very hard not to let anyone notice she was blind. She hid it right up until someone backed her into a corner and forced her to admit it. On the other hand, she would get offended and upset when people treated her like she wasn’t blind – for example, when people she ran into (while pretending not to be blind) dared to complain. She Is Not Invisible is a clear example of an author trying too hard: to be original, occasionally funny and true to life, and through it all, to deliver those Very Important Messages we all seem to need. Somehow, in this grand effort, simpler and more important things were neglected and lost: things like substance and plausibility. The already short narrative was burdened with a long, tedious study of coincidence, which was the reason behind the disappearance of Laureth’s father. Instead of being clever, excerpts from his little notebook (that served as Laureth’s guide), were very disruptive to the plot and, to be blunt, incredibly boring. But most of all, I find it hard to believe that a 16-year-old blind girl would be able to travel unnoticed from London to New York with a 7-year-old boy in tow. The idea that US customs would neglect to check her documents because they were otherwise distracted is slightly ludicrous. I have no trouble suspending disbelief when I know that’s what’s expected of me, but in a book that strives to be realistic, details like that are very out of place. Overall, She Is Not Invisible is not a book I’d recommend, despite the gorgeous writing. The story is poorly planned and plotted and its protagonist completely unmemorable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Hicks

    She Is Not Invisible is a triumph of characterization, atmosphere, setting, suspense and dialogue. The only thing lacking, as we get into the meat of the narrative, is the plot itself. At 216 pages total, you spend the whole book trying to figure out what’s really going on. When the reveal comes, you’re like, “Eh, that’s all it is? None of this really even had to happen. Oh well, at least it’s over already.” And, yeah, in instant hindsight, you can figure out why it all had to happen (view spo She Is Not Invisible is a triumph of characterization, atmosphere, setting, suspense and dialogue. The only thing lacking, as we get into the meat of the narrative, is the plot itself. At 216 pages total, you spend the whole book trying to figure out what’s really going on. When the reveal comes, you’re like, “Eh, that’s all it is? None of this really even had to happen. Oh well, at least it’s over already.” And, yeah, in instant hindsight, you can figure out why it all had to happen (view spoiler)[- to produce an ending that was happier for the characters than their lives were at the beginning (hide spoiler)] . And you’ll appreciate, even admire the measures author Marcus Sedgwick took to arrive at this finished product. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable book, a perfect candidate for the nonexistent 4.5-star rating on Goodreads. Sedgwick is British, and so are the main characters. Laureth, the 16-year-old protagonist, is also blind - and even that detail is an unraveling reveal in the narrative. Laureth’s dad is an author whose popularity is waning, thanks to his recent tendency to be dark and take things too seriously. (I got a wicked sense of deja vu for Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories , where person after person tells him, “I love your early, funny movies.”) Laureth’s dad, also, is MIA, and Laureth fears the worst. Dad took a trip across Europe to research a book. Now he’s unreachable by phone, Mom doesn’t care*, and Laureth - who is in charge of opening and replying to all her dad’s fanmail-type correspondence - gets an email from a New Yorker who’s found her dad’s prized black notebook. The notebook where Author Dad keeps all his authorly notes. Found in New York, not Europe. The emailer has enclosed photos of the first three pages of the notebook as proof of possession. Now Mom - in the tradition of all YA parents who are conveniently drawn away so their kids can have unsupervised fictional adventures - is leaving town alone for a three-day family birthday party or some shit. I forget how exactly Laureth pulls this off, but she secretly gets custody of her 7-year-old brother (to help her see and navigate) and her mom’s credit card, takes a taxi to the airport and boards a flight to New York City to find her dad and his notebook. Much of the book is this journey - through the airport, onto the plane, into New York - and it’s never anything less than believable and enjoyable**. There’s claustrophobia, there’s danger, there’s adventure, and there’s a constant give and take between Laureth and her brother, and it never seems like too much or too little. This is a blind girl and a small child, alone in an enormous city, working together, with only threadbare clues to guide them. And it works. Another stroke of genius on Sedgwick’s part - having us get to know the dad character through his personal notes, reprinted from the black notebook as Laureth has them read to her by Benjamin, the 7-year-old brother. These spark Laureth’s memories and observations, and the Author Dad character comes to life despite his absence. Dad, we discover, like Sedgwick himself, has become obsessed with coincidences - the science of them, the study of them, the history of attempting to understand them - and the number 354. This figures into the story itself, but it also leads to some quick, interesting detours, and it helps prolong the suspense created by the main narrative. And, yeah, I have to admit, it's a little douchey at times. But it's all good. In the Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover department - from the thumbnail/distance glance of the first edition’s cover of She Is Not Invisible, the side-view silhouette in the picture looks like a black girl sporting a bag of dreads. That picture, combined with the title She Is Not Invisible, made me think this book would have some kind of major I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings element to it. Not the case, of course, but in the Sheer Coincidence department, Maya Angelou's funeral occurred the day before I started reading this book. Which is kinda interesting. _ * = I spent like half the book thinking Laureth’s parents had been divorced for years, but they’re still married. They just don’t like each other anymore. ** = Emily May, who writes thoughtful, entertaining YA reviews on Goodreads, found the entire book lacking in credibility. Emily had a problem with one sequence in particular, (view spoiler)[in which a checkpoint authority at the airport figures out Laureth is blind, gets distracted by sudden major chaos, and then simply lets Laureth through (hide spoiler)] . This sequence raised a quick red flag with me too, as being simply too convenient, but I could think of examples - on a smaller scale - where I've been the person on either side of this type of scenario. Where rules are supposed to be strictly followed, something greater happens unexpectedly, and there's a, “Fine, just go ahead, and for God’s sake, don’t tell anybody!” moment. Just sheer luck, or sheer coincidence. Long story short, I bought it, Emily May didn’t, and that’s okay.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fleur (FranklyBooks)

    ( 3.5 ) I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this. The blurb kind of made it sound like there was going to be a little bit of a thriller / mystical element to this book, but it seemed to be a little watered down. Hence the reason I've created a shelf called 'middle grade' as it seems to fit that category a little better than young adult. Having said that, it was a really cute story! What I Liked 1. The way the blindness is handled. It's mentioned in the book, sure, but not in a way that w ( 3.5 ) I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this. The blurb kind of made it sound like there was going to be a little bit of a thriller / mystical element to this book, but it seemed to be a little watered down. Hence the reason I've created a shelf called 'middle grade' as it seems to fit that category a little better than young adult. Having said that, it was a really cute story! What I Liked 1. The way the blindness is handled. It's mentioned in the book, sure, but not in a way that would make a younger child think that anything was truly troubling about her situation, which is great! As is mentioned in the book, so much of blind people in literature are seen as people who are too weak to do anything for themselves, or they go completely the opposite direction and make them superheroes (Daredevil). There isn't a big panic about her being blind, but rather we just see her being brave. We see her fly seven hours to get to America with only herself and her little brother, but rather than thinking she's brave for doing this because she's blind, we think she's brave for doing this because she's SIXTEEN and uh, may have committed fraud. 2. That we really got to take a look into Laureth's mind, and see what an everyday was like for her. She brought up the idea that it truly doesn't matter that much to her that she's 'missing out' on something. She's never been able to see different colours so why should she obsess over something that isn't going to happen? We can't see molecules (unless we use the super strong microscope that they just made), but only a portion of us actually invest our time into it. I would be completely fine if I never saw a life - it probably wouldn't make a difference to me. ps. please let me know if this view is kind of narrow minded 3. Benjamin was such a sweetheart. He was so good at helping his sister around, and knowing what to do. He was just the cutest, but at the same time he was so smart? It wasn't like he was a 20 year old in a 7 years olds body, he was definitely 7; rather he was an intelligent 7 year old but with all of the whining that comes with them. I love how he talked to his stuffed raven as well! That was so adorable, especially when Laureth was trying to get him to do something. What Could Have Been Better 1. Occasionally the journal extracts seemed a little bit . . . unnecessary. I have a feeling that if I had skipped a few, I would still be able to understand the entire story. While it's true, there was ONE passage that was extremely relevant to the book, apart from that I couldn't find too much use for them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mississippi Library Commission

    She is not Invisible is pretty spectacular. There's a strong female protagonist with plenty of gumption and the writing kept us on the edge of our seat. Bonus: we learned a lot of neat tidbits about coincidence and probability.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

    Exploring obsessions, coincidences, blindness and what it means to be family, She is Not Invisible is a mixed bag when it comes to ideas. Having never read a Marcus Sedgwick book, I didn't have any expectations going in, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. I was immediately sucked into the story of Laureth and her 7 year old brother, running away to New York to find her dad who she believes has gone missing. I loved the insight into her thoughts and actions as someone who is blind. I really Exploring obsessions, coincidences, blindness and what it means to be family, She is Not Invisible is a mixed bag when it comes to ideas. Having never read a Marcus Sedgwick book, I didn't have any expectations going in, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. I was immediately sucked into the story of Laureth and her 7 year old brother, running away to New York to find her dad who she believes has gone missing. I loved the insight into her thoughts and actions as someone who is blind. I really sensed the extra consideration she had to go through, trying to appear more confident than she felt, pretending to stare at objects and nodding at people even though she technically couldn't see their reactions. Seeing the world through how she navigated it was also interesting. The sibling relationship here was adorable and I really felt for her brother Benjamin at times. He actually acts like a 7 year old, with his imaginary pet Raven. Although I did have to suspend disbelief at his "power" and felt there was no explanation as to why he had it, which almost gave it a sci-fi twist which was a bit too convenient. There were so many disbeliefs that I had here, which kind of took me out of the story. A 16 year old travels countries with her young brother and somehow manages to leave the airport with no passport for her brother and nowhere to stay. Her mum only realises they are gone after a few days and makes 1 phone call. Combined with Benjamin's power and all the coincidences that happened, it just felt... unbelievable. The philosophical thoughts were interesting, especially exploring theories and causality of physics and coincidences, but after the 4th time these physicists were mentioned, my eyes kind of glazed over. As it explores their life and theories, it actually gets a bit too overwhelming. I also felt like a lot of it actually went over my head. After the build up of the whole book, and so many loose ends, I felt like the ending was anti-climactic and kind of pointless. I enjoyed the book at the start, got a bit lost in the middle, and was disappointed in the end. Definitely a mixed bag for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan (YABookers)

    I am a fan of Marcus Sedgwick ever since I read Blood Red, Snow White and I have been slowly making my way through his books. She Is Not Invisible is written fairly simple that makes for an easy read, and allows you to easily get to know the characters. I think this is a great book, especially as it adds light on how society reacts to disabled people, and those who are visually impaired and the protagonist Laureth Peak is blind. Therefore She Is Not Invisible adds some diversity and originality I am a fan of Marcus Sedgwick ever since I read Blood Red, Snow White and I have been slowly making my way through his books. She Is Not Invisible is written fairly simple that makes for an easy read, and allows you to easily get to know the characters. I think this is a great book, especially as it adds light on how society reacts to disabled people, and those who are visually impaired and the protagonist Laureth Peak is blind. Therefore She Is Not Invisible adds some diversity and originality to the YA contemporary genre, which is really great. Some great characters, with some good development and relationships with a nice mystery thrown in. Overall, an enjoyable and refreshing read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    'She is Not Invisible' is too young and too meh for me. The publisher and libraries appear to be calling the novel appropriate for young adults and teens, but I would think 4th graders would most enjoy the story. Sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak, the narrator, is blind. She impulsively decides to travel by herself with her seven-year-old brother Benjamin on an airline from London to New York to find her missing father, Jack Peak, a writer of humorous books. When she tried to discuss her worry about 'She is Not Invisible' is too young and too meh for me. The publisher and libraries appear to be calling the novel appropriate for young adults and teens, but I would think 4th graders would most enjoy the story. Sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak, the narrator, is blind. She impulsively decides to travel by herself with her seven-year-old brother Benjamin on an airline from London to New York to find her missing father, Jack Peak, a writer of humorous books. When she tried to discuss her worry about her missing father, a concern she built up after he did not answer his phone for several days, with her mother, her mom did not care where Jack was. Laureth had noticed a growing coolness between her mom and dad, especially as Jack's obsession with coincidences and the number 354 began to take over Jack's life 24/7. As Jack's obsessions grew, his books became more serious and his sales fell off. Ben helps Laureth navigate, but since Laureth is telling the story we readers get an insider look at being blind. As she takes taxis, goes through airports, handles two currencies and travels around the streets and boroughs of New York City, following clues her father left in a notebook which was found by another kid, she learns to trust herself in overcoming many obstacles. As the two children visit various locations, they meet interesting people and find themselves in a few dangerous situations. Their various adventures are interrupted by moments of reading Jack's notebook for clues. Jack wrote a great deal about what he had been learning about coincidences. Famous mathematically-inclined people and early psychoanalysts such as Jung and Freud had explored if coincidences demonstrated some principle behind the way the universe works, and maybe whatever 'it' was, if 'it' links up with human minds in some way. Frankly, gentle reader, these notebook musings of Jack's researches into the 'science' of coincidences was a bizarre interjection into the plot. Readers are introduced to some famous psychoanalysts and briefly we discover how they defined and named certain mental conditions surrounding the experience of coincidences (I myself lost my faith in religion after taking a Statistics class in college - hehe). Jack's journal also discusses the mind's natural and automatic seeking of patterns in everything. We do it in cataloguing faces to seeing coincidences to feeling numbers must be lucky if they keep turning up in our lives. I think the author wanted to show how Laureth used her father's patterns of thought as a guide to track him, but omg, gentle reader! If so, it was a very very very tenous link! She mostly used hard facts from informants, not coincidences, although a coincidence occurs. Even now, in thinking about this novel, I still do not understand why the author Marcus Sedgwick included in-depth material about coincidences in this book which is otherwise a basic mystery for elementary school kids. Plus, in the way the author discusses coincidences and patterns, I could not for the life of me figure out how it all related to Laureth's blindness or her adventure. My two reactions after finishing 'She is Not Invisible' were "whaaaat?" and 'meh'. I am giving an extra star for the insider view of Laureth's life as a blind person, even though it was a bit light in weight and brief in actual descriptions (barely any mention or use of Braille - to me, clearly a missed opportunity to discuss perceived patterns! - Laureth mostly uses Apple's Siri to read to her); however, this is a very simple book with an entertaining mystery.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Wrona

    "Love is a funny thing, and once again I really don't mean it's amusing. I mean it's odd. Strange. Weird. There was a time not so long ago, because I can remember it, when Mum and Dad loved each other. It was obvious, in the things that they did, and the way they were, and the way they called each other 'honey'." In the end of 2013, I came up to finding a list on Buzzfeed that showed the top twenty books that will sure be hits of 2014. This one was actually on it, and I've been wanting to read "Love is a funny thing, and once again I really don't mean it's amusing. I mean it's odd. Strange. Weird. There was a time not so long ago, because I can remember it, when Mum and Dad loved each other. It was obvious, in the things that they did, and the way they were, and the way they called each other 'honey'." In the end of 2013, I came up to finding a list on Buzzfeed that showed the top twenty books that will sure be hits of 2014. This one was actually on it, and I've been wanting to read it for the longest time. Where in the world would you find a mysterious thriller showing the point of view of a young blind girl? I must say that I was pretty disappointed with this one, compared to all of the wonderful things said about Marcus Sedgwick and his writing. You may say I was the black sheep, but I'm actually very glad to have had the experience to read such a novel with a fantastic concept. There were just the minor things that set me off and disappointed me. Other than that, I was as happy as a sheep getting its wool shaved off. Okay, I'm over exaggerating about that joke there. But, you get what I mean. Sedgwick is an excellent writer, don't get me wrong. He has a majestic way of captivating readers with his crazy but believable concepts, and you feel like you want to get to know the characters so well that they'll be your new best buddies. This is about exactly what I first mentioned. Laureth and her brother are off to New York from their home in England to find their father—since Laureth received an email stating that someone's found her father's notebook—one that he's sure to never lose or forget anywhere. Did I mention that Laureth's blind and her brother is so young and they're off in the unknown? No, not really. That's basically the simple plot, but it made a huge difference and the meaning is so deep and found and relieved with gorgeousness. The concept was actually something I never really had a strong encounter with and I must say that whatshisname Sedgwick has stunned me in that aspect and is sure to stun millions of others who are willing to begin reading a contemporary that is so strange in its nice way. "Sight must have its advantages. Like, I'm never going to drive a car, well not on public roads at least. But I can live with that. I've never wanted to be able to see, not really, but right then I knew that if I could see, I wouldn't have had to bring Benjamin with me, and then, I felt awful." The book stayed the same way the whole time through. I felt the same thing from beginning to end, and there weren't any omg-so-amazing moments as I expected there'd be. I sat there after finishing, thinking, "Why wasn't this to my advantage in any way?" I wanted more jazz, and more action. Was this really supposed to be a hardcore mystery? Laureth was honestly awesome. Because of her disability, I wasn't feeling intended to feel guilty, she just had us reading in a whole new perspective, from the eyes of a blind person. At the same time, she didn't intend to feel sorry for herself either, and she cared about the people around her. Just look at the risks she took to keep her brother safe and to find her father. She was honestly a dreamer and I loved her personality and self-being. Her attitude was a hit. But throughout this whole "journey" or "story" or whatever you intend to call this novel, my favourite character remaining throughout had to be little Benjamin, Laureth's brother. He was such a perfect spirit and was so adorable! You don't really realize it until the end, but he made a total difference in Laureth's life and helped solve the mystery quicker than she could've ever imagined. And one last thing—did you know that this book had to do with books? A lot of crazy awesome things were mentioned about fiction and coincidences, and I just loved it. This book was my environment at moments, but I wanted more. 'Yes,' said Dad. 'Oh. Coincidences in fiction just do not work. And even in real life, they tend to fall into two sorts. The ones that are so pathetic that they don't excite anyone but you, and the ones that are so incredible that they are literally just that; unbelievable. Even to members of your own family.' Huh—I don't know. Do you ever get a feeling that you knew what was going to happen but then you didn't really know? Of course you did—that's what I was feeling with this book. I wish that I could've seen fireworks and sparks with my love, but this mystery wasn't everything I was planning it to be. I did love and enjoy the culture and impact on readers, though! This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!e

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nada

    What an amazing, fast-paced clever read! I can say this is the best thriller novel i've read. I enjoyed every event that occurred that i couldn't manage putting the book down! This novel made me question and though provoke questions about coincidence, obsession, existence and the way we see the world. I recommend reading this. A new favorite of mine.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    DNF at 50%. I tried. I really did. I struggled at lot with the beginning of the book but gave myself a goal of reaching at least 50% before giving up. Sometimes books have rough starts but develop into amazing stories. Unfortunatelly it wasn't the same with this book. I'm not really sure how to review because it's not a bad book, it just... isn't my kind of book. It has an interesting story but the narrative and the execution just didn't work for me. Laureth is a 16 year old whose father's noteboo DNF at 50%. I tried. I really did. I struggled at lot with the beginning of the book but gave myself a goal of reaching at least 50% before giving up. Sometimes books have rough starts but develop into amazing stories. Unfortunatelly it wasn't the same with this book. I'm not really sure how to review because it's not a bad book, it just... isn't my kind of book. It has an interesting story but the narrative and the execution just didn't work for me. Laureth is a 16 year old whose father's notebook shows up in the USA when he was supposed to be in Europe. Laureth is worried but her mother won't listen to her, so to help her father she takes her 7 year old brother on a cross world trip to find out what happened. When I read the premise I was instantly interested. A blind girl using her brain and her little brother as a guide to uncover the mystery of their father's disappearance. I thought it'd be an interesting mystery book, with an even more interesting character, but Laureth just disappointed me. She's 16, but has the voice of a child and her immaturity just threw me off the story. Her father is away on a business trip and she only finds out something is strange because she gets an e-mail from a person in the USA saying they found her father's notebook. Then for the first time in days - in over a week- she tries to get in touch and gets no answer. She tells her mother, who seems to realize something is wrong but tells Laureth to not worry. I just don't understand why Laureth would consider going to the USA instead of going to the police first. Her father is supposed to be in Europe. He hasn't gotten in touch in days. There's no answer and she calls and then it goes to voice mail. He's basically gone. That's enough to at least try the police. Instead she purchases plane tickets and travels halfway around the world, kidnapping her little brother. I'm usually pretty open minded when I'm reading fiction, but sometimes I need to smallest hint of reality because I can suspend my belief only so much.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Books are TARDIS

    This is a quirky and fast paced read which highlights a rarely discussed topic in YA: visual impairment. And the way this topic is handled is both brave and enlightening. It features a wonderful sibling relationship and a fascinating author dad. I love meta books like these, this one not only features an author dad and his books, but the process of writing books. It also features at great length scientific research on the phenomenon of coincidences (which I very much feel like calling co-inky-di This is a quirky and fast paced read which highlights a rarely discussed topic in YA: visual impairment. And the way this topic is handled is both brave and enlightening. It features a wonderful sibling relationship and a fascinating author dad. I love meta books like these, this one not only features an author dad and his books, but the process of writing books. It also features at great length scientific research on the phenomenon of coincidences (which I very much feel like calling co-inky-dinks now). All the science in this book is just wonderful. The pseudo-spiritual and philosophical discussion over coincidences kept me reeled in. I really liked Laureth and sympathized with her storyline in the book, without EVER feeling sorry for her, which I like to think is the point. She's a bit of a worrier and puts such a brave face on for the world while questioning and doubting herself inside, it was so very relate-able, especially the worrying to death part. Anyone who has ever had an all-consuming joins all the dots of your life kind of personal epiphany would find in this book, a kindred spirit. Personal epiphanies can take you on the wildest goose-chases, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. This is one of those books that will either be a hit or a miss, and for me, it was a complete hit, for the love of science.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Swift

    I am a big Marcus Sedgwick fan so expected a lot of this novel. Where it succeeds brilliantly is in giving us a real insight into what it must be like to be blind, so much so that you actually feel that sense of continually groping to find things other sighted people take for granted. The characterisation is excellent and Laureth and Benjamin very believable. Where the book is not so strong for me is in the notebooks of the father - as Jack Peak rightly points out, other people's coincidences ar I am a big Marcus Sedgwick fan so expected a lot of this novel. Where it succeeds brilliantly is in giving us a real insight into what it must be like to be blind, so much so that you actually feel that sense of continually groping to find things other sighted people take for granted. The characterisation is excellent and Laureth and Benjamin very believable. Where the book is not so strong for me is in the notebooks of the father - as Jack Peak rightly points out, other people's coincidences are not as exciting as your own. Although I wanted to engage with all the material in Jack Peak's writer's notebook, I found myself inclined to skip over it to get to the action of the plot. Although it informed, it also seemed to interrupt the narrative.Some of it I thought a seven year old boy would have a lot of trouble reading out. I also found the explanation for Jack Peak's disappearance a bit of an anticlimax - these you would think would spoil my enjoyment.... BUT this book asks lots of questions about writing - such as how much of a coincidence is too much when creating a believable plot,and should a writer write to please himself or his fans? So any perceived weaknesses in the writing are reflected back to the reader as questions about what makes a successful novel.I thoroughly recommend this as a book which will make you think, and even better, make you ask questions about books and the nature of coincidence.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars Although I really loved Laureth, reading about another blind protagonist (it affects the narrative in such interesting ways!) and Ben (young child voices are another one of my faves!) I wasn't really that into the actual plot of finding the missing father by deciding to go to New York, just hoping he's there. The thriller part of this YA thriller wasn't grabbing my attention enough sadly.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ksenia

    The beauty of this book is that you truly get to experience Laureth's journey, with Laureth. Because of her blindness and first-person narration, you get to experience the world "through her eyes," and that's where Marcus is most excellent at his craft. Marcus is, simply put, a master storyteller! If he writes it, I will read it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    I picked up She Is Not Invisible because it was the second book I needed to read for a young adult book club that I joined. It had also been on my wishlist for what felt like forever, yet it was a story that I actually did not know that much about, just that it was beautiful. Laureth Peak and her seven-year-old brother Benjamin (and Stan, his soft toy raven) are in the bustling Heathrow airport trying to board a plane to New York. It should be simple, but for Laureth, it's more of an ordeal than I picked up She Is Not Invisible because it was the second book I needed to read for a young adult book club that I joined. It had also been on my wishlist for what felt like forever, yet it was a story that I actually did not know that much about, just that it was beautiful. Laureth Peak and her seven-year-old brother Benjamin (and Stan, his soft toy raven) are in the bustling Heathrow airport trying to board a plane to New York. It should be simple, but for Laureth, it's more of an ordeal than it ought to be. At sixteen-years-old, she is blind and must rely on her younger brother to lead the way. Her father has always taught her to see patterns, connections and reveal answers to puzzles, but right now it's not helping her work out why their father is reportedly in America when he's meant to be in Austria. It doesn't explain why they haven't heard from him or why he's not answering his phone. It doesn't tell them why their mother just doesn't want to know. But they know that they'll get answers if they find him and so that's just what they're going to have to do. She Is Not Invisible and Picture Me Gone would make wonderful companion novels (and I enjoyed them both equally), in the sense they're both about two unusual protagonists (who shouldn't be seen as unusual at all) attempting to track down a loved one who has gone missing in the US. She Is Not Invisible is a beautifully written, atmospheric and philosophical contemporary mystery from Marcus Sedgwick. It takes you on a road trip that you've likely never experienced before. Laureth describes the world in terms of how it sounds, feels and smells, because of course she cannot use her sight. We never receive visual descriptions of any kind and yet you probably won't notice until you're quite far into the novel. Laureth can see the world as well as anyone else. She Is Not Invisible bases its story around Jack Peak's obsession with patterns, connections and coincidences, and it will make you think a lot about how you see the world. Do coincidences have meaning or are they just awesome? If you share the same birthday with someone or if you're singing a song in your head only to find it's playing when you turn on the radio, why do you think that happens? And it happens all the time (and to everyone), but Laureth's father, we discover through her flashbacks and a notebook, cannot seem to escape from it. She Is Not Invisible crosses many genres. It's a mystery, a contemporary, a thriller. It's literary and it's philosophical. It's YA, but it has definite crossover appeal. But it's also just a story of a brother and sister trying to find their way in the world. It rests on Laureth and Benjamin's ability to capture the reader's imagination and it wouldn't be the same story without them. I don't think you should start the book just for the mystery, because it's the captivating characters – and the fact that it encourages you to wonder – that makes She Is Not Invisible special. (I also really enjoyed SF Said's review of the book in the Guardian ). Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review! I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

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