Friday, February 22, 2013
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Plenty 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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not bad, but not as epic-wonderful as the X men-Godfather combination that this could have been. With that frequently alluded comparison in mind, well, you can bet your ass my expectations were way up there. Except TRANSPARENT was less that and more lost-girl (looking for a friend but unsure on what to do when it’s there.) So we have a girl who’s funny in how suspicious she could get, one with the unique condition of being invisible, and one whose part of a crime family whose head is hell bent on using her for his scary, scary purposes.
So here’s the good, and the bad/crazy:
I liked Fiona, just not all the time. In fact, I liked all of them, just not all the time. The girl on the run made the story not just about her and her superpowers, but also about her figuring out her place and whom to trust. Of course, there were those authentically scary moments with a brother, I still can’t figure out. It's moments like the latter that I enjoyed because it is what I was expecting with a 'Godfather’ comparison... as in, that dude is off his rocker, he could do anything! Better still.. there’s more than one of those in this one!
Sure, there are some logic fail moments, like invisible girl, why you no hide? Or choice of name and re-location site people on the run... but like I said a good portion of this is her fitting in (or not fitting in) because how could she, really? A lot about a girl trying to find her place and maybe even finding it ‘till the scary men from her past showed up… then things got interesting, in the scary kind of way.
The best part is the people.
You’d think I’d get a bigger kick out of the special powers that they all had, like the Scent mimic, telekinetic and super strong dude… but no, it’s the people who had those abilities I enjoyed more. OK, OK so maybe I got a kick out of both, but still, the people she’d found herself with? They brought out the funny I needed, Carlos and his skeeviness, especially, not a page went by without him sticking his foot in it trying when too hard to be suave. OR the other brother with language skills barely making a peep… they’re all walking contradictions, the lot of them, and yet together they work. The whole ‘we’re not bad, we’re just misunderstood thing is basically their banner but they make it work anyway.
Another thing that I enjoyed is how some of them are the dis-likeable sort. Yes, I’m talking of Seth. She goes out of her to paint him as not so attractive, not all that, and too mean, too ass-ish in demeanor. So it’s inevitable what happens (view spoiler)[ending up together! (hide spoiler)] because they’re exactly the same. She’s secretive and keeps people at a distance, as did he. Except where we know her reasons, discovering his made him even more.
Then there's the whole crime family angle... her brothers have me asking so many questions!
Thank you, Edelweiss!
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