Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Invisible by Jeanne Bannon

Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Release Date: September 30,2011
Number of Pages: 186
Where did I get this book: ebook as part of blog tour from Ever After PR
My rating: 4/5

Goodreads summary:

"Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that...

For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.

Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”.

Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too…

Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.

A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart."

This is a really great book for high schoolers to read that deals with the issue of bullying. I really felt for Lola and Charlie. Lola is bullied for her weight issues, and Charlie for her sexual orientation. I thought that Lola was a very likeable character - despite the way she was treated by not only her peers, but even her own family, she really didn't want to hurt anyone back - and I liked that about her. I liked her acceptance of Charlie - she expressed that she wasn't entirely comfortable with her homosexuality, but loved her anyway, and this made her more endearing to me. I loved her relationship with her grandma, and was so happy that she had the encouragement from her. I also really liked Jon and was happy that he was able to look past Lola's exterior and get to know her. The ending is very nice and heart-warming, just like I like, so my hat is off to Ms. Bannon for that!

I would highly recommend this book for ages 14-18 or so. There is some language, and quite a bit of homosexual references in it, which makes it hard to recommend for the younger set.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the Invisible Tour hosted by Ever After PR.

And now for the giveaway - for one free e-copy of of Invisible:

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Patricia Lynne said...

I enjoyed it as a very heartwarming story too. I also really like the way the author dealt w/ Lola's feelings about Charlie's sexuality. It wasn't blatant w/ instant acceptance, but subtle and realistic to me.

Jeanne Bannon said...

First, I'd like to thank Kary for hosting me on my blog tour and for her very kind review :)

Thanks also, to you, Patricia for your lovely comments :D

Kary said...

Thank you, Jeanne, for the opportunity to review your book! :)

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