As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew that it would contain a story unlike any other. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick is focused on a sixteen year old girl by the name of Laureth Peak. Her father, who is a famous author in America, suddenly goes missing. He was supposed to be in Austria, but then why did his notebook reportedly show up in New York? When her mother doesn’t do anything about the situation, Laureth makes the dangerous decision to travel all the way from London to New York, bringing her younger brother, Ben, with her. As soon as they are reunited with the notebook, they start to follow the clues they find inside to figure out where their father is. Their long journey involves many challenges for Laureth, especially since she’s blind.
The story doesn’t show exactly when the story took place but the location is set in New York, which provides some historical background for the story.
The novel is written in first person narrative, and is told through the perspective of Laureth. The book includes excerpts from her father’s notebook, concerning the topic “coincidence.” Sedgwick uses few words such as ass, crap, and damn. Although the words may not be fit for younger readers, it increases the realism of the story.
She Is Not Invisible is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. Although the main character is blind, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the book is about being blind. I found that reading in the perspective of a girl who is visually impaired gives me more than just an experience. It helped me understand that a blind girl has to cope with people’s reactions, and also understand how she is so used to them, even though they hurt. She Is Not Invisible keeps the suspension going through the whole book, until it finally relieves in the end.
Book Reviewed By Deborah Jin
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