Transparentby Natalie Whipple (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on May 21st
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 comes with a very promising and unique idea about a girl who is .. transparent, invisible and I was hoping it to stand out among so many Contemporaries and “classic” Paranormal stories.
X-Men – Mafia … and now trying to be normal
The whole setting and plot was captivating combination. People all over the world exist with special abilities, similar to the X-Men world we have all kind of different abilities, some stronger some less strong. Fiona’s Dad comes off like a very powerful Mafia Boss and he was using Fiona for all her life. But not just her – he was a viscous man who just saw what he could gain from people.
So being grown up in such an environment, Fiona by far didn’t have a normal upbringing and all she ever wanted was to be normal. When her mom takes her away and hides in a small town its Fiona’s chance to try to be normal… Easier said than done when you are invisible.
I loved this combination of mafia, danger and normalcy.
Fiona – insecure and a little bitter…
Due to being invisible Fiona was very insecure and due to her horrible father she was also a little bitter, having had no real childhood and no real friends. So it was somehow understandable that she was often very insecure when acting with kids her age. It took her some time to realize that there are people who actually want to get to know and want to be her friend. She was not an easy trusting girl and her invisibility actually made it worse. During the progress of the story, she grew her lot and learned a lot from her new friends. However, this also made it a little hard for me to truly connect with Fiona. I must feel emotionally connected to the characters in order for me fully love a book.
Romance – Friendship – Danger
Being so insecure, it made it hard for the romance to fully develop in my opinion. There were actually two boys who were interested in her but Fiona had problems leaving her “invisibility” behind. All her new friends tried to give her the feeling that it doesn’t matter but it took some time for Fiona to understand.
The storyline surrounding her mobster father added a nice layer of action to this story, and adding some brothers who had some severe secrets were both thrilling and compelling. In the end though, the whole package was nice but not mind-blowingly awesome.
Transparent by Natalie Whipple comes with an exciting premise of X-Men like abilities combined with some dangerous mafia like family bonds. Wrapped in all these exciting surroundings we find a girl who is insecure about herself and tries to find her way from extraordinaire to normal. Having had difficulties to connect to Fiona emotionally dulled a little my excitement about the premise…