December 16, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Invisible by Jeanne Bannon

Invisible is a YA Paranormal Romance Fiction.

Lola Savullo is in her senior year and she's dreading it.  She believes she is too tall, overweight and downright freakish.  She works as a Lifeguard at the local pool and the day she has to put on a bathing suit and attend to the children, instead of remaining on the sidelines, Lola learns of her wonderous power.

At first it is a rare incident and Lola quickly brushes it aside and when it happens again almost a year later, Lola is hard pressed to ignore what is happening to her.  After she confides in her best friend, Charlie, the two take to helping Lola practice her newfound ability.

The two girls have been bullied their whole lives, Lola for being a overly large freak and Charlie for her sexual orientation.  Charlie wants Lola to use her powers to get revenge on the group of teens that is forever making their lives miserable.

Lola has had a crush on Jon most of her life and when she finds him hanging with the bullies, she is devastated, she never felt Jon was that kind of a person.  Along the way Jon learns of her secret and encourages her vengeful plot again the group that harasses her.

Over the course of events, Lola looses some very close to her heart and she must come to realize if revenge would make her feel whole or would believing in herself be the right option and after what the group almost did to Charlie, Lola is angry, very, very angry.

I thought this was a wonderful read.  Lola was easily likeable and you could feel for her life situations.  Lola has a gorgeous older sister who wrings havoc in her life, her 44 year old mother believes she is 18 and her dad looks like a tattooed hippie freak.  Lola just wants to blend in and not make any waves, however, Lola's mother believes she should act and dress more like a lady.

I wished I could have got more back story on the why's of the invisibility occurring, I was never really clear and the reason given, something to do with A neg. blood just didn't sit well with me. I thought it was a rather asinine way to describe the reasons why Lola was developing the trait that seems to be passed along through maternal genetic means, though this is never really brought to light and leaves the reader hanging for more explanation.

I didn't get a romantic feel for Jon and Lola, it continued to read like they were really good friends and I just didn't feel the spark coming off the pages.  I thought their friendship should have remained platonic and the story wouldn't feel so trite in areas.

I would give Invisible a three and a half stars of out five.  The basis for a good story is there and the characters are enjoyable to read, I just felt there was a serious something lacking that would've made this an exceptional read.  I would read more by author Jeanne Bannon, she does have a way with words that brings out an emotional aspect from the reader.

SYNOPSIS:
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.


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