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Transparent by Natalie Whipple Book Review

TransparentPlenty 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.


It seems like a lot more young adult books lately have involved super powers, or versions of them. I think that it's a really cool idea and it made me even more eager to read Transparent.

Transparent is about an invisible girl on the run from her father. In the story, a lot of people have genetic mutations, although the stronger ones, like Fiona’s, tend to scare people. Fiona’s on the run from her dad, a very powerful person who has taught his daughter about stealing and doing all the dirty work for him.

I think the storyline was very unique. I can’t imagine what being invisible would be like. Anyways, I was pretty shocked with the level of normalcy people seemed to accept it with. In the world, genetic mutations were a pretty common occurrence. Fiona was a great lead, although at times, I felt she was being so stubborn, especially about what her real worth was. Initially, she was pretty distrusting of making friends. She had lost her trust in people over the entire time.

That being said, when she finally opened up, all her friends were so awesome. Seth, her math tutor, and her constantly argued, but he still always had Fiona’s back. Fiona also had a very complicated family. Her mom hadn’t been the best parent, especially being under her father’s charm and her oldest brother was terrible to her. Her other brother, Miles, was amazing, though! He was so funny, and an all around awesome character.

As Fiona’s dad is constantly hunting her and her mom down, there was some action and suspense. I loved how the plot still focused on Fiona finding her voice and becoming her own person. Their was a twist at the end, which definitely threw me for a loop. 

Transparent is both a great debut and standalone. I’d highly recommend it, and it’s one of the more unique books I’ve read it lately. I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers :)





18 comments:

  1. This is on my TBR list, I think it's really neat that Fiona's invisible, since that's not your typical lead in most super power books! I'm also really curious about the twist at the end that you mentioned! :) Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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    1. I definitely thought the invisibility was really cool. Thanks :)

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  2. I've been really curious about this one for sometime and really want to check it out. I like the whole idea of the book as well :) Great review! Fiona sounds like a very interesting character.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Fiona was a great character. Thank you!

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  3. I bought this one a month or two ago. I've been staring at it longingly for ages. I'm glad it doesn't disappoint, after all, the idea of this book is awesome!

    Lovely review, chick! <33

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  4. I love a book with a unique premise and a standalone = even better! Can't wait to get around to reading this. Lovely review!

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    1. I wish there could be more standalones. Thank you so much! :)

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  5. This sounds like a really unique book! I like that it seems to show the ups and downs of a super power! I definitely want to check this book out!

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    1. That aspect was definitely very interesting.

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  6. I think I'd give this one a pass.. The idea of being invisible doesn't really make me want to pick up the book. You'd think it's awesome but really it'd be annoying 'cause no one knows you're there..

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. lol, you do have a point there ;) However, they do make sense of that in the book.

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  7. Have you read INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan? I think it has a similar concept, since one of the POVs is a guy that's invisible. Anyways, this definitely sounds like a fun book! Can't wait to read it (:

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    1. I actually haven't read it. I'll definitely check it out, though :) I hope you enjoy it!

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  8. Miles sounds like a great character. I love funny brothers. There should be more of them around. ;) I've been going back and forth with this book, but I do have a copy, so I'm sure I'll get around to it one day. Lovely review!

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  9. I agree on your review :) Invisibility is kinda popular lately. I love the surprise in the book :)

    Thanks for the lovely review.

    -Dannielle

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    1. It does seem to be a bit of a trend :) Thank you!

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