Friday, 25 April 2014

She is not invisible

author: Marcus Sedgwick
published: 2013

plot: Blind girl Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. 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 with her.

what I liked: Sedgwick knows how to write and even his attempt to do so from a female teenagers perspective works well. I loved reading about coincidences and was quite fascinated by the partly scientific digressions.

what I didn´t like: The end! It all builds up so well and then, boom, comes an anti-climax that spoils the positive feeling of before. As if the deadline was looming and he had to finish pulling an allnighter.

verdict: It´s an odd book. Meant for younger readers but appealing for adults as well the story is dealing with more or less philosophic questions and problems. Worth the read but as the end is so simple and shallow you are left feeling slightly confused.

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