Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Published by: Indigo
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Mystery/Contemporary/Disability
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
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This book gave me a sunburned nose.
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
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.