Transparent book review

Transparent by Natalie Whipple

Published: May 21, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 368

Synopsis:

Transparent’s Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she’s been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people.

Fiona’s had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father’s reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can’t trust, and a guy at school she can’t stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she’ll go to protect everyone she’s come to love.

Fans of strong heroines like Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s Karou or Maximum Ride’s Max will fall in love with Transparent by Natalie Whipple.

My thoughts:

Transparent is one of the most unique books that I have read so far this year. It’s a mixture of The Godfather and X-Men with a contemporary romance feel to it.

The powers that people had were really interesting, especially with the main character’s invisibility that she can’t turn on or off. The author did a really great job at showing the main character’s feelings and struggles at not being able to see herself or have other people see her. Although the main tone of the book is lighter, those feelings and other things like her relationship with her huge crime doing father are written much deeper. I loved that the author was able to do that. It was never too light or intense, but had a good mix and flow to it.

The romance was so good. I loved the relationship that Fiona develops, and am most excited to continue that aspect of the story in the next book. It wasn’t instantaneous or even predictable. I had no idea that the story would take that turn and I am so glad that it did.

The best thing that I think this novel does best is blend the light romance and the heavy crime and escape aspects to where it’s a more gender neutral novel. Both guys and girls will really enjoy it.

Rating: 4 Stars / 5 Stars

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