Published by Roaring Brook Press on April 22nd, 2014
Genres: contemporary, young adult
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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.
Gosh, I just don’t know. I feel like maybe I am missing the boat completely with Marcus Sedgwick. Both of my co-bloggers love his work, and there is not denying the man can write, I am just missing the connection. I read White Crow and pretty much felt the same way about that one as I do with this one.
I guess I just don’t get it. I am missing the emotional connection to his books. I loved the writing in White Crow so much but the book kind of felt all over the place to me. With She Is Not Invisible, I was just incredibly bored until about the midway point. I thought his concept was a great one, and I love that he chose to write about a blind girl and the world as seen through her eyes. That part of the book worked for me. But I thought the plane ride over took entirely too long, and she spent time getting to know a guy and then that story thread was gone and nothing ever became of it. So what was the point?
I never really felt connected to the plot either, but I appreciated the way the New York atmosphere was handled, and the imagery was good. I just feel like it was all a series of “go here and find out this, go to the next place and find out that,” and then the whole theme of coincidences just felt utterly forced and like it was trying too hard. Even the last paragraph of the book, to the very last sentence was trying too hard.
I liked the characters though, and I thought the brother-sister interactions were adorable and believable. I have a hard time believing a 16-year-old blind girl and her 7-year-old brother could make it all the way from London to NYC through all that security and no one would ask questions or stop them though. But I let that part go and went with it. I loved how devoted the kids were to their father and how much they believed in him.
There WERE good things. I was just underwhelmed overall. I have one more book by this author to try, and if that doesn’t work out, I will call it quits.
Maybe he is just not for me.
This book completes the Bookish Bingo “Strong Parent-Child Relationships” square, because I believe Laureth’s bond to her father was incredibly strong. And inspring.