Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Published: May 7th 2013 by Philomel
Format/Source: Hardcover copy from BEA 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
Stephen is invisible and only Elizabeth can see him. Cue the instant love. As soon as this happened, I got the feeling that perhaps this books wasn’t for me. But I don’t know when to quit so I kept going.
Cue new paranormal elements. The magic system seemed so rudimentary as to almost be superfluous despite being the major plot device. It didn’t leave me feeling goosebumps or really anything at all.
I am all for diversity in books and Laurie, Elizabeth’s (younger? older?) brother was great in that he represented the queer population. But I was disappointed that it was made such a big deal. It really felt like someone saying, “look! look! A gay character! Ah-maz-ing!” I think I would have preferred if he has a queer character was more accepted within the book (yes, he was accepted by the characters, but the book itself seemed to be lacking that same acceptance/embracing).
This book lacked the emotional connection needed to care about a love story for me. However, I was so happy that the end of the book didn’t result in a happily ever after ending. It was so refreshing to have the main characters end up with struggles. Elizabeth isn’t some amazingly lucky heroine that never fails to kick ass. She has limits. And that was nice to see.