Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 21st, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.
An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.
After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.
Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
TRANSPARENT was a really quick, easy read that has an average entertainment value. On one hand, it keeps you reading to find out more, but lacks a “wow” that really hooks you on the story.
Fiona is invisible, and not like your average, troubled teen-she is completely transparent. Fiona herself has no idea what she looks like. Her father takes advantage of her abilities by sending her on various crime jobs.
The main issue for me here is the world building. Back during the Cold War, people started popping these anti-radiation pills that had side effects of giving them mutations. I felt like the paranormal side of this was struggling with the other side of this book and that was the contemporary romance. I wish it had been one or other because it didn’t seem like there was enough of the world building/crimes going on to really back up the main plot.
The romance is very cute, Fiona thinks no one could ever like her because no one can see her, but she has not met anyone that truly cared for her, not just her ability. However, I’m not sure I liked the twist that involves the love interest (Spoiler, highlight here:) being able to see her like a regular person (end spoiler) because it ruins the message that looks are not that important.
Fiona was frustrating at times, she was a bit wrapped up in material things and I didn’t always agree with her actions. But I did feel for her, and pitied how hard her life must have been with no one wanting to get to know her or being able to understand her.
One thing I was so happy to see was that Whipple never forgot that Fiona was invisible. She never slipped and said something about Fiona’s appearance and the other characters obviously had a hard time speaking into her eyes, etc. I have read books where the author seems to forget that the book takes place underwater or something so it was nice that the writing stays true to the story here.
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