Monday, 4 August 2014

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Title: She Is Not Invisible
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Published by: Indigo
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Pages: 354
Genres: Young Adult/Mystery/Contemporary/Disability
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

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Two dried mice. A fluffy raven called Stan. A suicidal Austrian biologist...

Is it coincidence or something more sinister that draws them together? Many strange things collide in Laureth Peak's life one hot August weekend. Perhaps strangest of all is the way her dad had been acting lately. And now he's disappeared. It looks as if his obsession with coincidence might have fatal consequences.

As Laureth sets off for New York with her strange younger brother, Benjamin, she has little faith in herself. But she has a burning determination to find her missing father. She has just one clue to follow; his notebook.

Does it contain salvation, or madness?

This book gave me a sunburned nose.

Worth it.

Seemingly millions of positive reviews for this book had popped up all over the Internet a while ago, and I read a lot of them. But I still wasn't sure whether it would be my cup of tea smoothie (I don't like tea.) Luckily, I was hooked from the very first sentence, and soon enough I'd been laying on the grass for three hours, having read the entire thing.

That's how I got the sunburned nose.

But enough about how much the sun hates me; I'm here to talk about the book. And what a wonderful book this is. Firstly, the main character Laureth is blind. I know this has probably been mentioned in most reviews of this book, but it's so good that this book featured a blind girl and didn't use her disability as a plot device. We need more disability in books - there isn't enough. Not only does She Is Not Invisible contain an incredible story, it also raises issues surrounding discrimination. I know it happens, of course, but to experience it in first-person as Laureth was still more shocking than I ever could have imagined, and some of the things people had the audacity to say to her disgusted me, as I'm sure it did for everyone else who read it.

Secondly, this book is thought-provoking, and not just about disabilities. It makes you think about chance, probability, and coincidence, but don't think it's written like a maths paper because it isn't. It's interesting and cleverly written to say the least, and I was fascinated at how these things were weaved into the story. Some books I have to put down every 20 pages or so, but I sailed smoothly through this one which says a lot. In short, this book is smart; it's like it has its own personality. It's full of surprises, and I instantly wanted to re-read it because no doubt I missed a lot of clever hints.

With the power of probability, I think that if you're into books that deceive you and have you hanging on a thread on every page, you're 'almost certain' to pick this one up next time you're in a bookshop.


  1. Thank you for the fantastic review, Amber! I've heard a lot of good things about this one, but I wasn't sure if it was for me, but seeing how much you enjoyed it, I think I'm going to have to pick it up myself one day. :)

  2. I really love your reviews :) I'd never heard of this book before.

  3. YAY! So glad you enjoyed this, Amber - I read SINI last year and fell in love with it. I adore Marcus Sedgwick's books so, so much. Great review:)

    1. Thanks, I need to get my hands on another of his books!

  4. First of all, THAT COVER... It's amazing! :D

    I'm glad to hear that this is a book that includes disability. I rarely chance upon books like this but when I do, I enjoy them a lot. One such book is Gathering Blue.

    I do hope to pick this up soon. Great review, Amber! :)

    1. I know, it's so pretty! I haven't heard of Gathering Blue but I'll check it out. Thanks Joy!

  5. I like my cover better.
    I like you review. :P
    SMOOTHIE IS AWESOME BUT YOU DON'T LIKE TEA. that's rather a sweeping statement. :P
    Yes yes yes, we need more books that do not use people's illnesses/disabilities etc as a plot device. YES.
    This review is so quotable honestly Amber how do you do it. *this book is smart*. and hey, if I hadn't read this already and was reading your review, the line about it not being written like a maths paper WOULD HAVE ME DYING FOR THE BOOK. ;)

    1. Tea is disgusting. IT HAS MILK IN IT. Enough said.

  6. Fabulous review! I'm surprised that you don't like tea, considering you're British and all. Haha! This book sounds fascinating. I'm going to add this to the neverending TBR pile. :)

  7. I literally just read this yesterday! Completely out of the blue and...what a coincidence that you reviewed it just recently. ;) Hehe. I was pretty amazed by this book. I got it from the library, but I couldn't remember WHY it got recommended to me. But I thought the writing was amazing and perfect even though there's literally no description because she's blind. Laureth was an amazing narrator. I was a bit skeptical of The Benjamin Effect, that's the only thing. But apparently it's real?

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