Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Source: On Loan from Library
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Published Date: April 22nd, 2014
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.
Dates Read: July 3-4, 2014
Have you ever read a book that made you not want to read? No, I don’t mean like that. I mean put down the book and pick up the pen? Yeah, like that.
She Is Not Invisible (SINI) is written in a way that made me want to write again, an art form I thought was lost to me. I’m not sure what it says about the author, Marcus Sedgwick, but I’d like to think it says something pretty amazing.
SINI begins at the London airport, where Laureth, her 7-year-old brother, Benjamin, and his stuffed best friend, Stanley the bat, are all on their way to New York to find their dad, who Laureth believes something untoward has happened to.
I had an issue when I realized she was blind, only 16, and taking her brother out of the country without her parent’s knowledge. My issue stemmed from years as a child care provider and a displaced New Yorker currently residing on the Bible belt. I was very concerned for these two and their well-being. Thankfully, it was not that kind of book and nothing too damaging occurred.
The relationship between Laureth and her brother was very compelling. They made an excellent duo. I really joyed their dynamic. They were so sweet.
SINI is a quick read, the plot only had maybe one occasion where I thought it fell into a lull. Otherwise, someone can easily read this one afternoon in one sitting and have no problem finishing it.
The writing was my favorite part about this book. I liked it so much I reserved another by this author without knowing what it’s about first. 🙂
I’d recommend this to people who enjoy quick, light mysteries about family and what matters most. Also, to folks who like reading young adults where the narrator isn’t your typical teen. I very much enjoyed reading something where the narrator was blind and how they went about this adventure and how it was different from that a seeing person’s.
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR