Transparent

By Natalie Whipple
Published on May 21, 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Source: ARC from publisher
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.


Wow, I loved this book!  I am a sucker for superheroes and this book was totally unexpected for me.  I was hesitant to read this book (because I don't like mafia books... ), but it had superpowers and superpowers always suck me in. I really liked Fiona's character.  She was a mystery to me, and also to herself.  She spent a majority of her life as her father's puppet (and not by choice... we are talking super powers here) and finally has a chance to discover who she really is.  And she is invisible.  Not sometimes, not in a Mystique sort of way. She is totally and completely see-through.

Let's think about that... how would she know if she was bleeding?  If she was bleeding, how would the doctors know where to operate?  How does she floss without gagging herself? Is she covered in zits? How does she shave?  How does someone cut her hair?  I had SO MANY questions while I was reading Transparent and happily they were all answered (yes even "How does she shave?")! 

Ok, so lets go beyond the invisibility.  Because in all honesty superpowers can't carry a book alone.  I have to say, I didn't like the relationship between the two main characters at all at first.  I thought they were mean and cruel and well, it seemed so stupid to even consider them together (though I knew that's where that was going). I am so happy with the way it turned out!  I really liked the relationships and conversations in this book.  Sometimes authors can do action well and then reading the slower moving parts are like torture- not so with Transparent. Natalie Whipple writes both effortlessly.

Transparent was a fun read.  I really enjoyed reading about all the superpowers and I could totally see this as a movie.  I really really really hope there is a sequel because I really love the world that the author has created.  I would love to meet more powers and meet some of the other characters that were only mentioned. 

1 comment:

  1. I agree that this book was a lot of fun and the writing made it fly by. I also like that it seems to be a standalone, which is so rare for paranormals.

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