Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Book Title: She Is Not Invisible
Author: Marcus Sedgewick
Release Date: April 22nd, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Mystery
Book Link: Goodreads
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers–a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

Disclaimer:I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

I was very excited about this book and jumped into it as soon as I could. I loved the idea of a blind protagonist as that is something that is not seen in many, if any, literature. So I was curious to see how it would be written. I was not expecting it to be written in the way that it was written. It pretty much ruined the book for me. I read for pleasure and the last thing I want to feel while I’m reading is that I am in a philosophy lecture. Unfortunately that’s exactly the way I felt while reading this.

Not only that, but you really have to suspend reality for a little while. Now I don’t have any problems with Laureth being blind and traveling. I know lots of blind people who travel. But having it be so easy for Laureth and Ben to travel from London to New York without having hardly any issues at all? Um, no. So not possible. Especially when they have never traveled on their own before.

Ben and Laureth I really enjoyed.There aren’t enough books that have a sister and brother that really enjoy being around each other. They were my favorite part of the book but even they weren’t enough to make me enjoy the book. The writing style was really weird and I think that if there wasn’t a philosophy lecture at every chapter, I could have overlooked the strange writing.

The ending was really anticlimactic. I was expecting something quite different from what I got and I was left feeling very disappointed. This book was just not one that I enjoyed. Hopefully others will find it enjoyable but I did not. I’ll be giving it 2 stars. The overabundance of philosophy just really ruined the book for me.