They say love is blind, but how about invisible? It is in the new YA collaboration from David Levithan and Andrea Cremer, Invisibility, in which an invisible teenage boy falls for the cute new girl next door … who happens to be the only person on the planet who can see him!
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.
A blockbuster pairing of authors, for sure, and the result is at times enchanting and at others, less so. The beginning of Invisibility is simply brilliant, as the authors paint a contemporary teen romance with an invisible twist. The writing is charming and witty, and the characters endearing. This romance is sweet and lovely, and even the periphery characters are delightful.
However, as Invisibility progresses, the focus veers away from this oh-so-unlikely romance and into the world of paranormal teen fiction, and this is where it suffers. The story is not bad, per se, but it seems mediocre, especially given the talent of these authors. Magic and curses and spellseekers … it all feels very ho-hum, particularly when you consider how strongly this book began.
Invisibility is somewhat redeemed by an action-packed climax, and a very nicely wrapped-up conclusion which harkens back to some of the book’s early charm.
Invisibility is in stores May 7th.