21 July 2013

{Book Review} Transparent

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 July 2013 at 12:05 AM | | | | | | | | | | |


Author: Natalie Whipple
Format: ARC
Pages: 351
Published: June 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 3 Birds

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 revolves around Fiona, a girl who is invisible. She is not the only one who has a special ability. How did she get this ability? Well from what the book mentions is that people were popping these anti-radiation drugs during the cold war. So taking those pills had many effects later. I thought this was pretty interesting to learn and made me kind of think of X-Men and superheroes! Who wouldn't want to be one of them? I know I would, wouldn't you? Anyways, her parents also have special abilities as you will learn a bit about later in the book. I'm not telling you what her parents abilities are because it makes the story interesting when you find out! I was stumped when I found about her father's ability.

You would think her life would be perfect since she's invisible but it's not. She really cannot see herself at all. No indication of what she looks like which sucks on being invisible. I felt bad for her. At least she could be sneaky and get away with things if she wanted to. Her father is not so nice and is a ruler of the mafia. He has a need for greed and power that he thinks he's the ruler of the world. I do not like him at all since he uses his wife, daughter and sons to get what he wants. The things he made Fiona due were not acceptable to be calling him a father. Fiona had to spy, steal and break into places for him. Then it went too far!

One day her mother and Fiona run away. Fiona has doubts about this because this is not the first time they have run away. She tries to keep hope as much as she could. Hope and fear combined not a good combination. I would not want to be in her shoes right now. Once again, I felt bad for her. I wanted Fiona to have a normal life and not to be afraid of her father. Would Fiona get a new life? Would her father find her mother and her ? What will happen?

When she moves to a new town with her mother, she slowly eases herself into a group of friends. It took her time to trust them because she was afraid of what they would think of her due to who her father was. Plus Fiona also did not want anything bad to happen to her friends either. She took her time and began to warm up to the group of friends who also had abilities. I loved her friends. They were awesome and fun to read about. She even got a boyfriend in the process who has quite an ability himself which you will find out at the end of the book which was awesome! I totally squealed when I read about how Fiona and her boyfriend clicked. You so have to get this book.

A few other things that I want to mention is that the story was original and unique, but the ending was abrupt. The way TRANSPARENT ended, I thought, 'That was it?' I was kind of bummed and yet I felt the ending could have gone into a sequel. If you are looking for something to pass the time or something just different, then this book is for you. I had mixed feeling on this book but I am glad I read it!

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  1. I hate abrupt endings! But I love the cover of this book and the plot sounds like something I would like. I found it kinda funny that her last name was McClean though. lol

  2. I've seen mixed reviews of this but it's one I definitely want to read - I like the sound of the plot (although I have heard a couple of times that the ending is quite abrupt), and I've been following the author's blog for a while now, so I should probably get around the reading the book!


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