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Book Review: The Opposite of Invisible (A++)

Title: The Opposite of Invisible
Author: Liz Gallagher
Publication Date:
January 2008
YA Reality

Grade: A++(I *loved* this book)


Alice is an outsider in her high school in Seattle, but it’s alright, because the outside is with Jewel, her best friend since forever. Together, they’re allowed to be different, they’re allowed to be their artistic selves and share everything they could ever possibly have to share. They may be invisible to the rest of the world, but to Alice, Jewel is the opposite of invisible. The boundries between visible and invisble start melting though, when suddenly Simon Murphy, Alice’s long time crush and one of the most popular guys in school finally notices her, and by some miracle, asks her to the Halloween dance. Suddenly, it feels like everything has been flipped over sideways, especially when Jewel decides to kiss her one day, right after Simon’s offer. How can someone so close to the edge of invisible suddenly turn so flamboyantly visible? But Jewel’s her best friend, and Simon is, well…he’s her long time crush, and seems even more perfect when she gets to know him. Is a perfect relationship worth losing Jewel though? The one she can spill all her secrets to?


(please pardon the really bad summary).

I *loved* this book. I loved it beyond words. Back in January, when I first heard of its release, I was skeptical in picking it up. So many other cool novels were coming out at the time, and I’d decided that I would skip this one. If I could go back in time now, I would tell myself to go back and reshelve all those other books and go straight to The Opposite of Invisible. I was even reluctant to grab it last week; it was more because I couldn’t find any books to take out (not that I didn’t have a bunch rotting in my room everywhere already). So I took it home, and since it looked short, I decided to give it a try (yes, I know, I know, not a good thing to do). I turned to the first page…and then couldn’t put it down! It was amazing (mind you, it was maybe 11 pm when I decided I didn’t feel like sleeping and started reading…on a school night. But I couldn’t stop. When I was finally too tired to continue, I finished the rest of it on the bus, which I rarely do, since reading in motion gives me headaches but…back to the point, this was a read that was worth the trouble!).

Liz Gallagher is a debut author, and she is definetly an author to watch out for. Not only was this novel witty and funny, it was just so captivating and cute. The basic idea, a not so popular girl catching the eye of a popular guy and losing her best friend that way, may be a bit unoriginal, but Ms Gallagher makes it work. The novel is full of imagery and metaphors…the writing really is beautiful. Its lyrical almost, poetic and unstopping. And Alice, the main character…wow. Just wow. I loved her. She was refreshingly different, but so easy to relate to. All the characters, in fact, were unique and likable.

If you’re going to get only one book at the library, or book store, or wherever, be sure to pick of The Opposite of Invisible (if you haven’t already 😉


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