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The Fault in Our Stars meets Go Ask Alice in this dramatic romance about a teenage girl who survives a terminal cancer diagnosis, only to get trapped in the deadly spiral of addiction. Fans of Gayle Forman and Sara Zarr will be swept away by this gritty romance, the first in a duology.

Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ag
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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My thanks to Katherine Tegen Books
Point of View: Single (Evie)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: California
Genre: Young Adult | Realistic Fiction
actual Rating: 2.5

Generally, I thought this was a nice book. It was depressing and frustrating, still it did paint a vivid picture on how cancer could change not only the person having it, but also their f
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-2015
1.5 stars review

At first glance, I thought I was going to really love this book. The cover vaguely reminded me of the movie poster for “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Then I went to read the back cover to get a better understanding of the story before I assumed it was a TFIOS rip-off. Turns out the book is about a girl with terminal cancer who finds love. I decided to go into it with an open mind either way.

Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT TFIOS.

If you go into it with that mentality, you will be
The Bibliophagist
YA books about teens with cancer:

I was skeptical going into this book, but I decided to give it a chance. Maybe I’d be surprised. I was wrong. I should have went with my first instinct. I did NOT enjoy “Invincible.”

My main problem with this book is Evie, our narrator. Evie is many things: immature, annoying, childish, selfish…then again, isn’t that how addicts are supposed to be? Her inner monologue was so draining to read about because she was never not down. In some stories, there are moments
Book Riot Community
Before you hear the description “cancer” and “teenagers,” let me assure you this isn’t what you think. Yes, Evie is a teenager with cancer. Well, she used to have cancer. Now she no longer has cancer but does have a strong dependence on opiates, a dead friend, and a life she no longer recognizes. She’s not the happy cheerleader she was prior to her diagnoses and she’s not the Cancer Kid she was when she was sick. No one seems to know what to do with Evie or how to treat her, least of all herself ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales (

Quick & Dirty: What do you do when you survive from terminal cancer but can’t cope with living?

Opening Sentence: “Let’s go to the cafeteria,” Stella says.

The Review:

Wow, bloody wow. How do I find words to describe this book? It’s touching, heartbreaking and so emotional. Needless to say, I adored it.

As you may already know, I try very hard not to read the synopsis of a book I am reviewing. Purely because I like the not knowing and
Kenn Laurence
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This wasn’t your average ‘cancer’ story, and I was surprised that it ended with a cliff-hanger!

"There are so many books about grief and loss, about saying good-bye to the people you love. But there is no book about taking back that good-bye."

Aside from the beautiful cover and the somewhat unmemorable description, Invincible was absolutely amazing. And powerful.

Anyway, Invincible tells the story of Evie, who is a cancer patient who has been given a terminal diagnosis, and who is trying to spend t
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This wasn’t your average ‘cancer’ story, and I was surprised that it ended with a cliff-hanger!

Evie was a girl who felt really lost. I felt sorry for her in the beginning, and I agreed with her that her boyfriend Will worrying about her getting addicted to morphine when she was dying was a bit silly. I understood how she felt once she realised that she suddenly had a future.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Review also found at

3.5 stars

received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication is April 28th 2015.

I did not realize at first however this is the second story of Reed's that I have read. You can find my review of Damaged here . Once I made the connection I can now see how similar the two stories are in style.

This is one of those stories that is hard to review because there
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.5 Stars

I made a big mistake while reading this book. I just read it without reading what it was about and didn't even look up the review on goodreads. Throughout the entire novel I thought this was a stand alone. It literally wasn't until I was up to the last page that I realize that either it was a series, or I was about to be throwing hands with the Author.

I really enjoyed this novel. It made me feel, I was angry, sad, happy, annoyed and even livid at times. I was rooting for the main chara
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
**INVINCIBLE has a sequel so if you don’t like book that have a cliffhanger instead of an ending, you might want to skip.

When Evie doesn’t die of cancer as expected, she has difficulty readjusting to her old life.

I had a love/hate relationship with INVINCIBLE. I’m a cancer survivor and prefer a modicum of reality/research in cancer storytelling. One day Evie’s doctor says treatment isn’t working, the only hope a risky clinical trial with a 4-7% likelihood of survival. A week later she’s a walkin
Cassandra Chantal
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
my rating for this would be a 2.5 stars. i definitely adore amy reed's style of writing but this book just didn't work out for me.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

This book is a Young Adult contemporary realistic romance. The narrator is Evie, a junior in high school.

This book is not a standalone and ends in a cliffhanger. I really wish that I had known this when I requested this book (love cliffhangers but need to know if the book is part of a series before I start the book).

The book is divided into two parts Then and Now.

The first section is Evie in the hospital. She has cancer and it's terminal. I do agree with the book blurb mentioning that Evie get
BookOwl BookOwl
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

All books where a character, whether main or otherwise has cancer is supposed to be likeable -- loveable even. But not in this! And that's what I liked about it the most(Although it was really frustrating) It made the book a bit more real.
Evie was this really nice dying girl that somehow manages to beat cancer after a long strenuous year. And what does she do with this miracle,
She becomes this selfish, inconsiderate, annoying, total douche, disrespectful to both everyone around her and her s
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

Invincible is a book full of feeling, mourning, and regret. It's an excellent take on the darker side of being a cancer survivor and I enjoyed it a lot. Invincible also has a very diverse cast of characters; and that's great, it's done well, she did a good job with that... BUT I can't stop being irritated at her (or rather Evie's) thoughts about Cole, a secondary character who is a trans man.

I don't know if this was just for Evie's character or if this is how Reed really sees trans people, but E

Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy via edelweiss for review purposes.

DNF 45%

It was probably wrong for me to go into Invincible thinking it would be like The Fault in Our Stars, because it's really not.

The story is split into two parts - then and now. At first, it was sad and heartfelt. That was the 'then'. Then she miraculously recovers from terminal cancer (that had made its way to her bones) within a few weeks. Then she turns cold and bitter. I didn't even make it to the point where they introduce the lov
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-favorites

review to come, once i can calm down my mind.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
This review can also be found at my blog, Caitlen's Musings

2 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Evie has been told that she does not have much longer to live due to her metastatic cancer. She has accepted the fact that she is dying, when suddenly a miracle happens and she is cancer free. With a second chance at life, she suddenly has to go from having no future, to figuring out how to live life after cancer.

This book started off fine for me. It
Brandi Kosiner
3.5 (liked it a lot)
I wanted to read Invincible because I am drawn to stories with illnesses and cancer. I started early in my reading life with Lurlene McDaniel and still seek out books with those types of feels. I have also enjoyed Amy's other books, so made sense to request and want to read this one.

I really like how strong she was and how she wanted to keep it together for her family. it's definitely hard seeing her in the position that she had accepted that she was going to die she just
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day that she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live.

All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it—at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and
Evie was diagnosed with terminal cancer months ago. She's exceeded the number of days the doctors had given her to live so now she's just grateful for every extra day she gets. Until she miraculously starts getting better. For so long she's been The Girl with Cancer to her family and friends and getting them to see her as just Evie seems impossible. Then she meets Marcus, someone who doesn't know her past, and he makes her feel alive.

This book ended up being a faster read than I thought it would
Jayme Burke
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't love this book, and I didn't hate it.

Oh where to begin. The book started out with this Evie, Junior in highschool popular cheerleader, perfect relationship, perfect life. She was diagnosed with cancer in her hip. In and out of hospitals she becomes friends with Stella, this fierce, badass chick, and Caleb this sweet kid with a brain tumor. She starts fitting in better with the hospital life than her regular life. Her friends and family stick by her side though.

So she ends up being dia
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-must-reads
With an influx of YA fiction that involves at least one character battling cancer, how do we choose ones that are worth our time?

That I can't answer for you. But what I can do is recommend this one. By no means is it the next Fault In Our Stars but I did find it refreshing that the main protagonist Evie doesn't hide her struggle at all. Some may argue she becomes a bit dramatic after certain heartbreaking events, but I think her actions are anything but rash. She beautifully wrecks herself in s
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I feel like it took me wayyyy longer to finish this book than it probably should have so I don't really have a huge grasp on how I felt about it. It was good and that's all I can really say. I really felt Evie's emotions. Like her parents were being reasonable and she was being a brat but I felt her side of things and I felt angry with everyone too even though they were just trying to help her. I'm really looking forward to the second book. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it more quickly

Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. INVINCIBLE by Amy Reed is a raw, emotional look at terminal illness, the road to recovery, and the dangers of substance abuse. Reed's writing style is fascinating. I love the way the style changes based on the emotional state of the narrator. The characters felt very real. This isn't your typical YA teen romance. Don't be expecting some swoon-worthy romance or an easy read. Definitely held my attention to the
Te De
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It made me cry, as most of her books do. But it also had some great themes that I love in her books: identity, addiction, high school drama. I'm sort of excited and also hating that it continues into another book. I want to know what happens now!
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
What a frustrating character!

Review to come, soon.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

I'm sad I didn't enjoy this more. Reed has a lot of talent but this just doesn't shine or work on an emotional level the way her earlier books manage, so easily, to do.
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This book wasn't what I expected it to be. It took a turn for the worse after about 150 pages. Overall, the storyline was okay.
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually gra ...more

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