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The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher
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May 11, 2008

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bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, vc-alumni
Read in May, 2008

Format: 151 pages. Approx. 30,000 words.

First person narrative. Instead of a journal, fourteen year-old Alice talks to the Dove Girl, a print of Picasso's Le Visage de la Paix, and asks for a boyfriend, a real handholding, kissing boyfriend, not just her friend who happens to be a boy, someone she's known since she was three, a boy named Jewel. Alice has a crush on Simon, a football player and all around hot guy on campus, and she's delighted to find that he's interested in her too. The story become complicated when Alice discovers that her friend Jewel has fallen in love with her too and she finds herself in love triangle, torn between losing a friend and pursuing her dreams.

The story spans many young adult themes from drinking to sex to becoming true to oneself. The language is contemporary as is the setting (Seattle in current times) with copious references to latte's and the Fremont troll. The style is choppy, though and the sentence fragments kept me from getting into the narrative more deeply. I think as a spoken work, however, it could be quite interesting.

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