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Summer in the Invisible City

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  253 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Sadie Bell has this summer all figured out: She’s going to befriend the cool girls at her school. She’s going to bond with her absentee father, a famous artist, and impress him with her photography skills. And she’s finally going to get over Noah, the swoony older guy who was her very first mistake.

Sadie wasn’t counting on meeting Sam, a funny and free-t
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Dial Books
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Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano is a coming of age YA novel that takes place in New York City. I always love reading about my city through the eyes of other people so I’ve been eager to check this one out since I first heard about it. I also feel like the cover is an excellent representation of people who live in NYC (their clothes choices are spot on) and I love the outline of the skyline behind them. The novel follows Sadie, a teen taking a
Laurence R.
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I've been interested by this book from the second I read its summary - it's the reason why I immediately bought it and started reading it, which almost never happens to me. I'd say that the three main reasons why I was so attracted to this novel were the city where it's set, NYC, the main character's passion, photography, and the romance aspect.

I was a bit disappointed about the setting of this novel, because I feel like it lacks descriptions. I couldn't imagine where the characters live and I r
Jan 03, 2017 added it
Laaaaaaaame. I want my monies back. DNF ftw!
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Sadie lives in Manhattan with her former ballerina turned yogi mom. She's got a best friend, Willa, but she wants to branch out a bit and spend time with the popular group of girls from her school. This summer that's all she has going on, that, and her photography course. Her father, whom she barely even knows, is a famous artist and he is coming back to New York City for a show. She plans on spending time with him and hopefully they will hit it off. This summer she also wants to get over her fi ...more
A few quick thoughts: Juliana Romano is significantly underrated in the YA world. I loved her first book and this one was just as fantastic. I loved the strong single mother, the bluriness of intimacy, and the prose and visuals are lovely. I feel inspired.
May 18, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: dnf-2016
The narrator reads VERY YOUNG. More like 12 instead of 17 and I just couldn't buy it.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: june-2016, can-t-wait
Ну вот честно, я ожидала большего от этой книги.
Michelle Arrow
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

SO. I was the biggest fan of Juliana Romano's First There Was Forever. After completing it and closing the book's spine, I wanted more. I then went onto Goodreads and saw that this pretty, Summer in the Invisible City, would be releasing. I COULDN'T WAIT to fall back into the world of Romano's contemporary romance writing, and I knew that these kinds of books only come around once in a lifetime. Two days ago, I picked
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a Goodreads win review. This is a really fun read about young love and friendship in New York City. I really enjoyed reading it.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first I thought that Juliana Romano’s second novel was a dud. After loving First There Was Forever, I really wanted to love her other work too. The first chapter blew me away, setting me up with high hopes for the rest of the novel. But then the pace changed. It lacked energy. Felt lethargic and boring. At times it felt stilted. In isolation, the first chapter almost feels like a different book. This book is lacking what Looking for Alibrandi has in spades; humour and energy. But this was del ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I adore Manhattan. I couldn’t wait to read this book because I absolutely love New York City. It is one of my favorite places in the world. Growing up only a train ride away I was always spoiled to be able to visit one of the greatest cities out there. So when it comes to reading books about something I cherish of course you can sign me right up!

I could see a lot of real life reflecting from the pages of Summer in the Invisible City. It was an easy enjoyable read. Our protagonist Sadie was easi
Sarah Palma
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mariah Bassett
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I never heard of this book before I picked it up in the store. I was so excited to read it because it was about a photographer. (my dream) Also because I thought it was going to be an amazing adventure between a girl and boy through New York. (A place I've never been or know much about) A love story.
While this book is a love story.. That is not the main plot like it makes you think.. It's not really about a girl falling in love with a boy. Its about how her and her dad, and making new friends.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this book 5 stars for writing, but only 2 for the story. This book had so many wonderful photography quotes, the author truly understood photography. But the book was lacking story wise. The characters were two dimensional. They had no personality, they all blended together. Where was the romance? She was the spark? We're told Sadie and Sam are interested in each other, but there is no chemistry between them. Frankly I don't care about them, their personalities fell flat, they had n ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
This was mostly a cover buy and I ended up liking the cover more than the book which was a bit disappointing. It was still a good read but I felt it lacked the sense of adventure and excitement I gathered from the cover.
Shania Zavadsky
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book had an overall whimsical feel to it and it truly expressed how fleeting moments can be. Live in the moment and do what you love with the people you love and who love you. Take others mean words with a grain of salt.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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Brianna Machado
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book needed a more detailed ending but other than that it was pretty good!
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

In the book, Summer In The Invisible City, Juliana Romano showed what many teenagers go through in the book that relates to teenagers realities today. The book has focused on the viewpoint of a girl named Sadie. Sadie lives in New York City and is almost a Senior in high school.

Sadie is a young photographer who has many hopes and dreams. During the summer she hoped to get to know her father. Her dad lived in California and didn't visit much. During the summer she decided to take an advanced phot

Emma (Miss Print)
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
"In some ways, it doesn't matter what happened next, or in the year and a half since then. That night was perfect and I'll always have it. I'll hold on to the memory tight as I want, because it's mine."

Sadie Bell knows exactly what she wants to happen during the summer before her senior year of high school. She is going to befriend the popular girls at her school after bonding during their summer photography class. She is going to see her father for the first time in years and it will be better
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
"Summer in the Invisible City" by Juliana Romano was a book that took me by surprise. The story takes place in Manhattan, NYC during the summer where a seventeen-year-old girl, Sadie Bell, learns more about herself. Sadie takes a summer course for photography and develops a passion for it. In this class, she meets Izzy, who introduces her to Phaedra, the most popular girl around, or at least that's how Sadie sees it. As her friendship with these two girls begins to flourish, Sadie's old best fri ...more
Ifa Inziati
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Finally, I found a book with perfect amount of dark and light--this story takes place in NY during summer with cutesy friendship and flings, but it includes family (or daddy) issue and personal trauma as well. Romano did a good job in balancing them both.

The tone is what I like most from the story. It drives the plot fluidly without trying too hard to picture summer in NY and wounds that our heroine Sadie has. I can sense them just right, I feel the heat and realistic portrayal of that famous ci
John Clark
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What does life look like when you've gotten mixed messages about your father for as long as you can remember? Add in the confusion stemming from losing your virginity the first time you meet an older guy and then realizing it was a fling for him and not the beginning of something really romantic like you thought. Pile on the reality that your friends are wealthy, while you and Mom are getting by, but without much wiggle room in your budget. This is Sadie Bell's reality as summer begins. When she ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was sad and sweet and melancholic. I could feel Sadie's angst deep in my bones. Romano depicted teenage years so well. Trying to fit in. Faking it until you make it. Making mistakes. Forgiving everyone else's mistakes. Trying to do the best you can. Falling in love. Falling apart. And then picking up all the pieces.

It struck me how much Sadie grew up over the course of the book. She went from putting people on a pedestal to realizing that she didn't have to kowtow to anyone. She reaff
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I honestly don't even know what to rate this.
Sadie is a 17 year old girl who loves photography. She cares way too much about being cool and popular. She struggles with her past fling with hottie mcboring. She tries to impress her big time asshole art dad. while kindling a very lousy romance with semi cute mcboring. I get it. this book was SUPPOSED to be about a girl finding herself and becoming the person who she wants. Realizing mistakes and moving on. A moving inspirational write. Instead, I g
Once Upon a Twilight
Sadie has had a rough past recently. Wanting to find her dad and dealing with what happened with Noah. So when Sam comes into her life she isn't prepared for it. Which is usually when the best things happen. She then becomes close with Sam, someone who wants to be a friend, yet Sadie has tunnel vision.

Juliana Romano is one of my favorite authors. I read her debut novel First There Was Forever (Which if you haven't read you should go do that...and then get this book and read it too) and I was hoo
April Summers
The Cover!!!
Don't judge a book by its cover. :-(

The Title!!!
What's in a name? :-(

Author's Name!!!
How does that even matter?

The Synopsis!!!

This was me against everyone before reading the book but now its a completely different story. It started out good but the writing style was such that made it really hard to read. The idea had potential, lots of it but the execution wasn't really something I liked. At first the writing style worked in its favour. It made the book intriguing but later
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot, especially as someone very casually interested in photography. The summary on the jacket was pretty misleading, but despite that I enjoyed the story. The main characters felt like real teenagers, not an adult's idea of what teens are like. But at the same time the adults were well developed too, especially Sadie's mom and her photography teacher. The only thing that bugged me was the justification of Willa's behavior. There's been some much-needed blowback lately against the ...more
Review originally posted at

What's it About: Sadie Bell is trying to decide who she is. Is she the daughter of famous author Alan Bell even though she never sees him? Is she a photographer? Is she a best friend? Is she in love with Noah or is she falling in love with Sam?

The Romance: Everything about the marketing of this book advertised romance. The cover portrays
a fun, flirty romance and the description on the book jacket highlights Sadie's relationship
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