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When Eliza Moore begins dreaming about her great-grandmother, she comes to understand the significance of the eight Young Women values, and she finds her life changing for the better as she strives to live them.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Deseret Book
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Kera
This was a Great book. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. When I read I often feel guilty about all the other things I should be doing, but when I read this book it made me want to be a better person which eased my guilt. =)

Holly does a awesome job capturing the way girls treat each other. Eliza (the main character) has dreams that take her to some of the greatest women in history. Eliza learns so much about how the values that the women possess and when Eliza wakes up she finds hers...more
Teresa G
My twelve year old daughter heard this author speak at girl's camp and came home interested in reading her book. She told me the premise and I was all for it. But, she is in the middle of another book right now so I read it first. I loved it! I loved how the author hit so many hot topics and challenges and temptations and distractions that our teenagers are facing today. I found myself sucked into the romance side of it too. Yes, it was a bit cheesy and predictable, but it felt so relevant and s...more
Kathryn
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Bonnie
It might be that I am just easily inspired by books, but I really took this book to heart. There were many moments when I had to pause and think about my life because this story related to much to me by the fact of being in High School with a car and friends, and boys, and family, and church. When Eliza was visited by her Grandmother in her dreams, it was meaningful and made me think and appreciate my heritage and the descriptions made the women hero examples more real, although the dreams were...more
Shellbelle19
This is such a great book! I can't wait until my girls are a little bit older to read it. I want to be a better person by reading this book! Holly you are amazing and I can't wait for the next one! I started this book Monday and finished it Tuesday night! This book really does make you think about how you are living your life, and how you can be better! Thanks so much Holly for being amazing! I want all the songs too!
Cheri
Dec 06, 2011 Cheri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Eliza Moore has always hated her first name, it is so old fashioned. But when her great-grandmother begins visiting Eliza in her dreams, everything starts to change. These dreams have something to do with each of the Young Women values. I really enjoyed this book!! Eliza has some challenges in her life and she discovers that she has courage and confidence has she goes through them.
Kristen
Cute story which weaves together realistic fiction with church fiction; I thought it was done really well. The character was relatable, the dialogue was written well. I really loved the parts with Eliza's great grandmother and the lessons she taught; they were fantastic and well done. Great book from a first time author, can't wait to see what else she writes.
Clarissa
This is the best book ever. This book helped me understand the Personal Progress values and helped me want to be better. Read this book I understood how to apply the values more to my life.
Tara
I actually really, REALLY loved this book. Sure, the writing at times was a little cheesy, but for some reason this book was just what I needed to read right now. It was so refreshing to read about a girl who is trying to make good choices. It was interesting for me to read because her high school setting was already so different than mine was because cell phones and facebook didn't really exist for me back then! It was a fun read and the little romance story was also really cute. You can bet th...more
Heather
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I met author Holly J Black at the Deseret Book Flagship store a couple of weeks ago and right away was impressed without even having read her book. Now having read it, I can say Invaluable is perfect for Young Women in our generation who are fighting to stay true to their values.

Eliza Moore, the main heroine is a sophomore in High School who is going through the transitions many her age do- a strained relationship with her sister, balan...more
Maxy
I read Invaluable sometime last year. While I loved that it taught important lessons and messages that many young women need to read, and I really did, I found the book itself... below par.

One of my problems was with the way Invaluable tried to be two things at once: an LDS doctrinal book and a young adult novel. These two genres, in my opinion, do not mix well. Of course, an author can convey doctrinal messages in young adult novels, and doctrinal books can contain stories about youths, but it...more
05JoyG
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Rosie Monson
The best way to describe this book for me is either a slightly boring novel or a fun teaching book.
It was a great story:
Characters: There was definitely character development. The whole book was about the spiritual growth of a learning young woman.
Plot: it was intent without getting too heavy.
Principles Learned: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue, as well as Confidence, and Courage.
Love interest: Alleluia, there was no i...more
Aliza
I would say this is about a 3 1/2 star book. The lessons that Eliza learns are really wonderful, and I like how the author has her learn them in dreams of her Great-grandmother taking her to points in history and showing her virtuous, strong, brave, and humble women.

Some of the lessons seemed as if they were learned a little too quickly (Alexis for example), but I enjoyed it anyway.

One other thing, Eliza spent so much time with "nice guy" Jason and tried to like him so much, but she couldn't sto...more
Mckennah Bybee
Invaluable is about an average girl named Eliza who is in High School and goes through various trials and temptations. One night while she's asleep she has a dream her dead grandmother talks to her and takes her back in time to teach her different things such as integrity, honesty, good, and how to be a better person. Eliza goes through a hard time when she gets into a fight with her best friend and they drift apart because she's asking Eliza to do things she knows is wrong. Eliza is in love wit...more
Amanda
Not at all what I expected... totally judged this book by it's cover and was blown away by what I read.. I think all girls should read this book, especially if they are LDS, and the sequel... Let's just say that I loved this book so much that I got the library to order the sequel so I could read it as well. I was so impressed by the author's writing, the story and the valuable life lessons I learned from reading this unique and wonderful story.
Erin
I really enjoyed reading this book. I heard the author speak at a recent woman's meeting and I loved her talk. The main character in this book learns how she is incorporating the 8 LDS Young Women's Values in her daily life. This is a must read for all LDS Young Women and all women alike. A great reminder that it is the little things we do that makes us into the women we become.
02RachelC
I think that most teen LDS girls would enjoy this book. 16-year-old Eliza is a sophomore in high school and has a very full plate! She is trying to deal with the stress of schoolwork, her first job, a distant younger sister, trying to make up after an argument with her bestfriend (who spends every second with her new boyfriend), mysterious love notes that keep reappearing in her locker, and being head-over-heels for her prom date's best friend, who is also the most popular guy in school. But aro...more
Sarah
Apr 15, 2013 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: lds
I liked the idea of this book. It was sweet, and Grandma's visits were very useful. But in the end, it all felt too neat, like somebody's really lovely Young Women's lesson, not a real story about a real person. Honestly, my biggest gripe was that while she was the person struggling with every one of the other values, it was her FRIEND and her SISTER who weren't being virtuous. It felt even more like a lesson, all about "those other people" who sin. I'd have like to see how this sweet, well-mean...more
Karen
Life is messy business and is never tied up in a nice little bow after a trial. Everyone in this story had money and an easy life and the troubles were caught before anything horrific happened, and cleared up with the bishop after one or two visits. A hot air ballon ride for the day activity? Seriously? What is that teaching our kids? I really wanted to to like this book and had hopes of my daughter gaining some important insights from it, but I'm afraid the overall message of "repent and all wi...more
Zaira
This review will be of the second time I read it. I loved it absolutely the first time I read this book, but the second time, I mostly just skimmed it. It was super cute and happy and had some excellent lessons taught.

Eliza is a normal sixteen year old girl with a lot of problems. Distant BFF and sister, math tests. and the tiny problem of having a crush on her prom date's best friend. With all of this going on, Eliza doesn't know how she's supposed to fight against it. When I first picked this...more
Jill
Although parts of this story were cheesy and VERY predictable, I loved the YW values-based stories and lessons. I would love for all of the YW in my ward to read this and have added it to my own daughters' summer reading list. A great reminder of why the values matter. I especially loved the "history" lessons.
Lauren Lomeli
I liked this book a lot. I thought it was cool how she learned about the strong women of the Book Of Mormon and of the Bible. I enjoyed reading this book and I seriously read the whole thing in 3 days I liked it so much...and I'm a pretty slow reader so that says something! I loved how she learned the lessons in dreams and how she was taught them by her great-grandma. I also liked how she is close to my age, so I could relate to her on some of the situations that she was going through. I normall...more
Carly
Borrowed this from one of the Young Women in my ward. I enjoyed the story. Sort of a LDS teen novel combined with a doctrinal book going through each one of the eight YW values. Completely and totally predictable and somewhat cheesy, but that is pretty much what I expect from this genre. I did like how it touched on so many of the issues facing teens today: a preoccupation with technology, particulary cell phones; modesty; honesty; friendships; boy/girl relationships; and more. I liked how the s...more
Kate
I really loved this uplifting book about an LDS teenager who is striving to be good in a world that is not. I loved how she applied the things she learned from her dreams and yet was still a typical teenager, wanting to text all the time, watch TV, have crushes on cute boys, etc. She did learn A LOT in one book, and I think it would be more typical to have learned one value per book, but for the fact that it is a stand alone book (I think), it was done well.

I give it 5 stars mostly because I th...more
Tiffany
Fun read for LDS young women. The main character's great grandmother visits her in her dreams and teaches her the importance of the individual values and the ways they can help to guide her choices.
Valerie Waters
I am not sure what to rate this book. I think a 3.5

I really liked the story, I like that there is an author out there who is writing good books for LDS youth with good themes and story line. I didn't care for the in depth doctrine the author included. When I want to read doctrine I prefer to go right to the source-the scriptures-instead of some YA romance novel. I did a lot of skimming and skipping every other chapter. I did like the characters and how it ended up. I thought it was lame how she...more
Riley
Jan 10, 2014 Riley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young women, girls
Recommended to Riley by: a friend
I love this book and how it is very easy to relate to. It has a lot of life lessons and is a very quick and easy read. It ended perfectly for me and had a great story line. While I was reading it, I always was excited about where it would take me next. The book's main character is a Mormon young girl and she has dreams about the young women values and those parts are the ones I most looked forward to. I knew a new adventure and a new lesson would come with each one. Over all, I could read this a...more
Linda
I actually liked this book at 3 1/2 stars. I would love for any young woman to read it though. This book is a cross between teenage novel and doctrinal book on the LDS Young Women values. Eliza is a very good girl and is tempted to sneak wearing a tank top to school for a boy to notice her. She starts getting visits from her great grandmother while she's sleeping to teach her how important it is to stay true to the values that she has been taught. Plus their is a boy who likes her but she likes...more
Lydia
Went in thinking I wouldn't really enjoy it ... who wants to relieve their high school years? Ended up loving it. Definitely a good read for the LDS young women age. Actually tempted to buy it for my grandma. I named my daughter after her and I'm named after her mother. In the book Eliza finds a special connection to her great grandmother for whom she is named...this helps her as she makes her way through teenage trials and learns the importance of the YW values. Stayed up late thinking about pa...more
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