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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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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Teresa G
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again I read this book with my teenage daughter in mind. She wanted to read it so I decided to proof it quick before she read it! I loved it! It was definitely LDS lingo and written for a YA LDS audience. I loved all the gospel principles found throughout the story that was then applied to Eliza's life and what she was dealing with as a young teen in a scary world. Some of it was definitely "teen" thinking but that was intentional I believe. Life does go on after High School and Prom...but ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Invaluable is meant for YA LDS audience and has a strong religious theme along with being a sweet,clean, romance. I'm excited to let my girls read it once they are in Young Women's. It reminded me a bit of a Jack Weyland type book yet the story line was definitely different than anything I've ever read. It has beautiful messages throughout the entire book as you journey with Eliza as she learns about all the Young Women values and how she can and does apply them to her life. So fun to watch her ...more
Valerie Waters
Nov 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So good. I love how she teaches the application of YW values that girls can use and understand. Loved the story and characters. My daughters loved it as well.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book Invaluable was a great read! I loved this book so much that I have decided to check out some more books by the same author, Holly J. Wood, and I’m excited to start reading them as well. One of the main reasons why I loved this book so much was because it was very relatable to my life at the moment. I also liked that it was told in the first person; I was able to see the exact thoughts of the main character, Eliza, and connect with her through her feelings. I loved the way the author mad ...more
Aurora Ellis
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-13-25
Eliza Moore struggles with high school life, going through several temptations and issues that plague not only Mormon life, but teenage life as well. She begins having dreams about prominent women in the Gospel who help her through the young women values.

I loved this book. Though the romance was cheesy and obvious, it was cute and realistic to how a lot of high schoolers describe their relationships. This book really tackles a lot of the issues that teens are facing in this day. While Eliza's p
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not reread books. Ever. I simply cannot become intrigued as I once was. However, this book I have read multiple times. It never disappoints. I would HIGHLY suggest this read to any and all teenage girls of the LDS faith, but I wouldn’t limit it to this group. It’s truly an adorable read that inspires moral courage despite pressures of the world to give up your values. This book is magnificent.
Kris Wells
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sweet book about a YW who experiences what YW experience. A little predictable and things wrapped up a little neatly but my daughter and I both looked forward to reading it each night. The end has some more mature themes that created a lot of discussion between my daughter and I. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series. ...more
Megan Welch
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!! At first the girl really bugged me and I was like "why you gotta be like dis?!" But I'm so glad I kept reading. This book strengthened my testimony a lot, helped me to better understand and appreciate the YW values, and taught me so much! I love this book and the spirit that comes with it. Everyone needs to read this! ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story. I like how the young women values were emphasized each time Eliza was able to dream about her grandmother.
The story shows the struggles of teenagers in our day and how important it is to stick to the standards we’ve been given by our prophets. I would recommend to young women
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is sooo inspirational

I absolutely loved this book! It’s soon inspirational. It makes me want to be a better person and follow the young women values. When I started it I couldn’t stop!
This is the best book I have ever read!
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful story incorporating the young women values. I have learned much from this story and have enjoyed how the symbolism is both discreet and yet upfront in a way that I was able to apply them to myself.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently had a hard time looking for books that had meaningful insight about life and this has not only that but the right mix of romance, religion and everything I could ask for. Invaluable is an incredible book worth reading!!
McKenna Hair
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was so touching and so good. Made me want to reread & reread. This book at the time helped me discover what I wanted to do with my life, and what I believe. I recommend it to all teen girls who just wanna know if your worth anything.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable story wrapped together with such great life lessons! I’m excited for my daughter to read this one in a few years!
K Grant
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Not too peachy, or religious. I loved how real situations were faced and reading how good, and better, sometime make the best.
Mckennah Bybee
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Rosie Whatcott
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-influence
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
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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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. Here are some reflections I have on it.
I noticed Eliza was insecure at times, when really she should never be because she was a kind and intelligent girl.
I wonder if Luke and Eliza ended up getting married after his mission. Hopefully they did after all of that drama.
I'm surprised that Jill and Nick were actually doing things that they weren't suppose to be doing. I feel very bad for Jill that after all of that they ended up breaking up, but it was probably wh
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was a change from my usual romance books. But I loved it just as much as those books. I think this is a great book for all young women of the church or the world. This really was inspiring. And I found I wanted to act more on revelation more than ever.
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, lds-fiction
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
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Holly J. Wood is an avid reader and hopeless romantic. While busy with laundry or wiping sticky substances from countertops, she loves to dream up sigh-worthy stories. Some of her interests include: travel, motivational speaking, laughing to the point of tears, dessert, and spending time with friends and family. She currently lives in Mountain Green, Utah with her husband and four young children.


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