Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
May 21, 2013
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.
TRANSPARENT is a unique and powerful YA novel in which Whipple sets out to wow readers with her intriguing world in which superhuman criminal organizations thrive. I think the most incredible aspect of the novel is the amount of effort put into the characterization. Whipple puts just as much focus on our main character Fiona as she does on the side characters like Seth and Bea. The abilities that encompass the world are fascinating and Whipple makes it easy to understand just what they mean for the characters. I thought I would be a bit confused as to how Fiona’s invisibility worked, but it was explained with an ease that makes me wonder if Whipple herself knows of someone with such an ability… If you are a fan of X-Men or just want a special YA novel to dive into, TRANSPARENT is your go-to.
Fiona is not the strongest heroine around, but she handles what she has been dealt with in life as best as she can. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have the power to be invisible, but Fiona shows that it’s not all it’s cut out to be. She’s the only invisible girl in the world and a mighty prized possession of her father. Yes, possession. My heart went out to Fiona throughout the entire novel. I can’t imagine having a parent that treats someone like a useful object. He is not a good guy at all.
I absolutely adored the changes that Fiona went through as she adjusted to life away from her father in Arizona. Things finally start to come together and she begins to open up like she never had before. This is probably due to the super sweet Bea who is determined to be Fiona’s friend no matter how distrustful Fiona comes across. Bea is someone who I could see myself being friends with in real life. This girl is the perfect blend of spunk, perkiness, and honesty. Everyone needs a Bea in their life!
Of course it wouldn’t be a YA book without a little romance thrown in. There’s a bit of a love triangle but in a way it really isn’t one. That will make sense if you have read the book or once you have read it. Brady is a sweetheart who can completely relate to Fiona’s struggle to fit in with her invisibility. He reaches out along with Bea at just the right time. Then we have Seth. Seth is so easy to fall in love with. While there was a bit of a darkness surrounding him, he’s not the perfect bad boy love interest that readers have come to expect in many YA novels. Seth is much more than that. Oh, and did I mention that he’s a redhead? Represent!
If you love a lightning fast read, be sure to pick up TRANSPARENT. It’s a sweet and sour teen novel that is sure to whet your appetite.