By Natalie Whipple
Publication date: May 21, 2013
HarperTeen, 350 pages
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.
An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.
After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.
Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
— Goodreads.com description
It seems to me this is the summer of “pros and cons” reviews. I’d do anything for a book I am just raving over…but at the same time, at least most of the books I’m reading are pretty enjoyable.
For me, Transparent by Natalie Whipple fit right in with the mix.
On the plus side, the story was extremely compelling: Fiona is invisible, and her father is using her as the key player in his crime ring. Pretty darn cool. And I loved the X-Men factor here: Genetic modifications have gone wrong and people are born with varying special skills. Double cool.
Also on the plus side, it was stronger than the other invisibility book of the year, aptly titled Invisibility by Andrew Cremer and David Levithan. You can click the link to read my review of that one.
But, still, the world-building was pretty much limited to a throwaway sentence or two, and I really would have loved a richer sci-fi backstory. And bits of the romance were totally obvious to me, though I think they were supposed to be a surprise.
Like I said: Pros and cons, but ultimately I had a pretty good time while reading this. Still…mostly, for me, it’s been the summer of sequels. Where is that WOW standalone I’ve been waiting for?