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I Belong

Review: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

InvisibilityTitle: Invisibility

Author: Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 358 Pages

ISBN 10: 0399257608 (Penguin Teen)

ISBN 13: 978-0399257605 (Penguin Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: This was an interesting read that I enjoyed, but it was really slow paced so it took a while for me to get through it.

Opening Sentence: I was born invisible.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Stephen was born invisible. No one could see him, not even his mother. He is now 16 years old and his mother passed away a year ago. His father left when he was young so he lives in his New York City apartment by himself. He lives a simple life since you can order pretty much everything online and have it delivered to your door. Since no one can see him he can do ever he wants, but his mother taught him not to use his invisibility to hurt or take from others. He can still touch and talk to people, but what’s the point when no one can see him. Sure he’s lonely but he is pretty content with his life until Elizabeth moved into the apartment two doors down. Imagine Stephen’s great surprise when he meets this beautiful girl who can actually see him.

Elizabeth’s Family moved to New York City to get away from some things that happened in the last town they lived. After the “incident” Elizabeth drew away from everyone including all of her friends. Moving away was supposed to be a new start for Elizabeth and her family. When she meets Stephen she can’t help but be drawn to him. As they get to know each other feelings start to develop, but then she finds out she is the only person that can see him. Stephen has been cursed by his grandfather who is someone known as a cursecaster. It turns out that Elizabeth is a spellseeker. She has the ability to see curses and spells. She also might be able to help Stephen break his curse, but when Stephen’s evil grandfather comes to town and starts to wreck havoc everywhere he goes they have to change some of their plans. How far are they willing to go to break Stephen’s curse? What price will you be willing to pay because the price could be Elizabeth’s life!

I liked Stephen’s character. It was hard not to feel for him in the story because of his situation, but I thought that he dealt with everything really well. He had a good attitude about everything for the most part. There was a few moments where he would get a little bit whiny about things, but really I was surprised by how positive he was. He’s a pretty mellow person and just really goes with the flow for the most part. His relationship with Elizabeth developed way too quickly but it was still really sweet. It was really fun to watch him interact with somebody for basically the first time in his life. You get to see him grow so much as a character and a person, which made it really easy to connect with him on a deeper level.

Elizabeth has a spunky personality and she was very entertaining. I love how blunt she was and how she would just speak what was on her mind. She goes through a lot throughout the book and she figures out a lot of things about herself. For the most part she handled things well, but there were just a few times that she came across a tad bit annoying. She is brave and determined to help Stefan, which I thought was really admirable but she sometimes makes stupid decisions. Overall, I liked her character but I didn’t love her.

Invisibility is an interesting book with a pretty unique idea. I enjoyed this but it was just a little too slow moving for me. I found myself skimming through parts because I just wasn’t interested in reading everything. Another thing I didn’t like was the instalove. Stephen and Elizabeth had only knew each other for like a week before the L word was spoken. I will admit that I have read stories were they fall in love this vast and it works, but it just seemed really rushed to me in this one. For the most part I really enjoyed the writing, it was very descriptive and flowed well. I like the characters. They each added their own unique spin to the story. The villain was definitely very evil, maybe a little over-the-top but for the most part a very interesting villain. I thought that the paranormal aspects of the story were very intriguing and different from anything else I’ve ever read. The ending was left very open ended, which I thought actually works really well with the story. I don’t think there is a sequel planned, but if one was written I would be interested in reading it. Overall, I would say that this was an entertaining read and if you don’t mind a slower paced book you would probably really enjoy this.

Notable Scene:

As it sinks in, the exhilaration and the horror and the mind-blowing ordinariness of what I am doing all combine into a fierce static of emotions. Elizabeth doesn’t seem to notice this. To her, I am just a boy from down the hall.


Somehow I make conversation. Somehow I speak.

She is seeing the face I never get to see, because no mirror has ever caught me.


FTC Advisory: Philomel/Penguin provided me with a copy of Invisibility.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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