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Invaluable (Invaluable #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  431 Ratings  ·  111 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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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
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Monson
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
Ashley Stubbs
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Invaluable is a book about a young high school girl who has to navigate through the ups and downs of high school while learning who she really is. Eliza is visited by her great-grandmother in a series of dreams where she learns about the young women values that help her with school and her family life. The book is one of those that just makes you happy to read, it has the happily ever after at the end that everyone loves. I really liked Invaluable because it was really relatable during certain p ...more
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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
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
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eliza Moore is a typical high school student. Like any other high school student, she is learning who she really is, while having to deal with the drama of teenage life. Throughout the book there is a boy that she really likes, but doesn't know how to talk to him, or even if he notices her. Eliza finds herself being visited in her dreams by her great-grandmother for whom she is named after. Her grandmother notices that Eliza is having trouble finding who she is, and decides to help her out. By t ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Lomeli
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Emma Mcfarland
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is an amazing real life story. The main character is a girl named Elizabeth. She is just a normal teenage girl that goes through normal teenage problems. She has troubles with thinking she is over weight, and not good enough. She is a faithful member of the LDS (Mormon) church. Sense the first day of High School she has had a crush on the hottest guy in the school. She knows it will never work out between the two, but every time she sees him her heart stops. Jason, another boy in her s ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, fiction-ya
4 Stars

When I started writing this review, I realized that the first time I read this book was in 2013, three years ago! Wow. It was still just as cute as when I was in middle school.
I really appreciate this book because it's LDS-centered but not too preachy. The characters are imperfect and realistic. I liked the storyline because it managed to be unique despite a few of the common high school story characters and scenarios. It's relatable, especially to LDS teens today. I couldn't put it dow
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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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