Thursday, 6 June 2013

Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon

Title: Invisible Girl
Author: Kate Maryon
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 6th June 2013
Pages: 272
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.

I whisper to no one: "Hello, I'm Gabriella, can someone tell me what to do next, please?"

In the past twenty-four hours, Gabriella Midwinter has lost her home, her dad, her school and her best friend.

This morning everything seemed so normal.

But caught between arguing parents and moving house, twelve-year-old Gabriella somehow slips through the cracks. Now she's more alone than ever before.

Unless she can find her brother Beckett. Unless she can find a home. But sometimes the way home is hard to find... 

'Invisible Girl' is about a girl called Gabriella, who lives in a scruffy, dirty old flat. She cooks for her Dad every night, and it's fine - just them, no one interfering. But then everything changes. Her Dad gets a new girlfriend called Amy who is absolutely horrible, and things start to go terribly wrong. Eventually, Gabriella finds herself out on the streets, alone. Homeless.

This book flowed really well and it was easy to read. I really felt empathy for Gabriella and hated her Dad's girlfriend, Amy. I didn't really like Gabriella's Dad either, because to put it simply, he was a bit of a doormat! It was like he didn't feel any love towards his daughter at all, and he never fought for her. He was incredibly lazy and very irresponsible! I really liked Gabriella though because she did what she thought was best and she was pretty intelligent. She seemed more grown-up than her parents at times.

I felt that the book was slightly too young for me - I'd say it's suitable for readers aged 8-12 - but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. There were a couple of subplots, e.g Tia's strange Dad (for people who have read the book) which didn't really go anywhere and ended up getting a bit lost. The main plot was exciting though and full of surprises.

I love the cover, it's gorgeous and very different from most books out there these days. It's really pretty! I enjoyed this book a lot, so I give it 4/5.


  1. I felt it was a bit too young for me too but it was still a good read :) Felt awful for Gabriella, especially because kids actually have to live like that in some places :(
    Awesome review, amber!

  2. Great review, Amber! I'm so excited to see if finally on the shelves and I'm glad you enjoyed!

    You're so right about the cover, it's just so pretty!