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Review: She is not invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown.He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

My thoughts
She is not invisible is a really thoughtful read and I think is my new favourite Marcus Sedgwick.

She is not invisible utterly fascinated me as a reader for several reasons. Firstly I loved the mystery behind the story and the whys and wherefores behind why a 16 year old blind girl was heading off with her much younger brother America. Quite simply I just needed to know more about their motivation and what they wanted and hoped to find and I loved unraveling the story. For me the story was all about that journey rather than the final destination.

I loved how the book challenges and changes for perceptions making you realise that not everything is exactly as it might first appear and making you as a reader rethink differing things you had already assumed.

I loved the main character and getting inside her head over the course of the book and looking at the obstacles she had to overcome in her day to day life which others took totally for granted. I really enjoyed having that opportunity to step into someone else's shoes and see the world in that completely different way.

All in all a fantastic read which I will be recommending regularly to others.

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Ailsa said…
I love the sound of this book from the reviews and features I've seen about it. I'm definitely going to have to read it sometime.
Emma Haughton said…
It's now on my list!