by Cecily Paterson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Synopsis: Jazmine Crawford doesn't make decisions. She doesn't make choices. She doesn't make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it's a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing's wrong than it is to admit that she's heartbroken. She starts to come out of her shell when she's forced to be in the school play and even makes friends with bouncy Gabby and chocolate-loving Liam. But can she stand up to the school bully, and is she strong enough to face the truth about what really happened to her dad?
Review: Things turned out a little too good to be true in this book for me and far too unrealistic. I also think the book was too young for me as the main character was just 13 and often the characters were immature and tween-like, especially one of Jazmine's friends. I prefer older young adult books. Jazmine starts as a girl who tried to be invisible and doesn't talk to anything about her problems due to her mother instilling in her that no one wants to hear her problems and they'll leave you if you tell them your problems. Jazmine's father died several years ago and she never really grieved for him. I'm not sure why Jazmine didn't have issues with her mother based on her advice and her lacking of being there for Jazmine. Something happened at school and a teacher stood up for her and gave her a chance but told her she needed to write in a journal about her feelings. Jazmine started to do this and came out of her shell at school and her transformation seemed to happen too quickly. I can't say much more without spoiling the story but it continues to develop unrealistically and too good to be true. Perhaps a young young adult reader would find this book to be right up their alley but it's not the best book for adults.
Rating: 3 stars