“Invisible” by Cecily Ann Paterson is the most recent e-book I have read on my way to work and back home. It’s easy-to-read as it is in the point-of-view of a thirteen year old girl so reading it while on-the-go is great. Here’s half of the summary from Amazon. (I only picked half because I think the latter part more or less spoils it.)
Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken about her dad dying. She’s been drifting and ignoring her over-worried mum for four years now.
When bad girl Shalini and her mates adopt Jazmine, she quickly finds herself involved in more than she can handle. Sitting in disgrace in the principal’s office, Jazmine is offered a choice: help drama teacher Miss Fraser in the upcoming production of The Secret Garden or face a four week suspension.
It’s Miss Fraser who clinches the decision. “I believe in you Jazmine,” she says. “I know you can do this.” And Jazmine, terrified, disbelieving and elated all at the same time, joins the play.
“Invisible” takes us into the life of Jazmine after the fiasco with Shalini. It talks about how she deals with herself and others. It brings up big issues within her family, friends, and with her “friend” turned antagonist, Shalini. It’s a four-week journey of growth and self-discovery.
Generally, I love the whole story. It’s pretty simple but completely heartfelt. I found this story realistic. There are indeed many issues in this world and no one is excused from that. Every major character in the story had some sort of issue to deal with and along the way, they were able to find a solution or create an improvement to the situation at hand.
Also, I like how her journey started — with Miss Fraser’s offer. I hope that there are a lot of Miss Frasers out there who does not judge their students without consideration of the whole situation and gives a second chance to those who deserve it. She also boosts up her students. Who wouldn’t give anything for a teacher like Miss Fraser? Also, this novel has selected parallels from the novel tackled in the story which is the first key of the journey.
What I didn’t like or found myself peeved for a second or two is the setting. I had a rather difficult time figuring out the actual setting. It isn’t mentioned where the small town is but the main character is from Mudgee… which Wikipedia says is a town in Australia. This little peeve is just mine alone because I am not well aware of the towns, cities, and locations down under. I felt the same way watching this movie called “Goddess” which is also set up in Australia. I had a hard time understanding the setting because it’s not England but it feels like England. From the names Shalini, Tyra, Rae, and Jazmine, I was imagining a ghetto district in the US — kind of like the one in the movie “Save the Last Dance”. Besides this, the story’s pretty awesome!
I have to say that I enjoyed reading this because it is easy to read despite the heaviness of the issues brought up throughout the story. Thank you so much to Ms. Cecily because I got this for free and you can too! It’s still for free in Amazon! Grab it while you still can!
The e-book also has an excerpt of her latest novel, Love and Muddy Puddles, which is adorable. Do check it out as well.
- Invisible: http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Cecily-Anne-Paterson-ebook/dp/B00BEQZBYE/
- Love and Muddy Puddles: http://www.amazon.com/Muddy-Puddles-Charlie-Franks-novel-ebook/dp/B00HOCA7D2/
- Mudgee Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudgee