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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
In this intriguing joint effort, the plot is original and it breathes new life into a flagging paranormal genre. Inevitably, though, Invisibility suffers from the common dual-narrator problem: alternating chapters of near-identical voices that are confusing and repetitive. The invisible Stephen and his new friend Josie sound similarly angsty; readers may find themselves wishing that little brother Laurie, the truly likable member of the tribe, would take the helm.
Stephen has been invisible since the moment he was born, the product of a mysterious curse his parents won’t discuss. Following his mother’s death and father’s cold absence, Stephen is the loneliest boy imaginable — until someone sees him, changing everything. Josie’s unique ability to see Stephen bonds the two in ways neither could have imagined. (PHILOMEL, May, 268 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780399257605, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Ellen Parsons
Published: May 2013