I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Transparent by Natalie Whipple
on May 21, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
For some reason I had really high hopes for Transparent. I thought it was going to be different and exciting. It really wasn’t. That’s not to say it wasn’t an interesting read, but it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.
An invisible girl caught up in the world of crime. Sounds like a promising premise, yes? But it really came off as a fluffy, been there done that read for me. Fiona was a nice, but forgettable main character. She’s supposed to be a bit of a sympathetic character. She’s being used against her will and you know, she’s invisible. So no one ever sees her. Even with all that I couldn’t get behind her fully.
There also isn’t much world building in Transparent. That’s what I found most disappointing. I do love me some world building and I found the back story to be lacking. All that being said, I did manage to finish the book. That might be the only 100% positive thing I can say about it. Lots of other readers have adored it. I just went in expecting too much.