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Summer in the Invisible City

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  51 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 funn
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Dial Books
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Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
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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 takin
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
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.
Michelle Wrona
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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 up this book, hoping that it woul
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. Instea
Aug 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
lame but an okay quick read
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 deliberately done I ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer
I really thought this book was going to be a favourite of mine. But to be honest, it really wasn't... Again, I did not connect with the characters, or their relationships. I was never a fan of the way Sadie interacted with Izzy and Phaedra, the author did a good job of making it clear what you were supposed to feel but also letting the reader interpret on their own. I found the romance was a little lacking, there were 2 main guys and none of them really made me happy, like a good romance does. A ...more
Sarah Palma
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this book monotonous, overly descriptive with poor character development and a plot too fast paced to really get into it. I get that the author was trying to paint imagery with some of her chosen scenes but everything was excessive. And very rushed. The whole book has a feeling of being overly developed with a lot of filler words to distract you. The characters are not well thought out, springing in left and right with no real purpose.

Every page I read felt really bland. It was like I w
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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this book reminded me of my times in middle school and how it felt to find true friends (though I think this is something we go through no matter what our age is). Another aspect about this book that I like is Sadie's passion with photography. There were a few individuals in her life who didn't necessarily agree with her, but luckily the ones who did supported were the ones that mattered. If anyone is trying to get their life together and forgot how to focus on the important aspects I th ...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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Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book felt like it was written by an eighth grader. It shall descend into the depths of my bookshelf to be forgotten forever.
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!
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 photography class. S/>


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 wi
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A very quick and easy summer read. However, characters lacked a lot of depth. There were to many characters without really any background. I did not like Noah or Sam and their relationships with Sadie especially Sam's. A lot of issues within a short amount of time; ie, school, friends, boys, and parents, not really going into detail for each of them. Overall, an okay average read 3/5.
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
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summer in the Invisible City is about a love triangle with Sam, Noah, and Sadie. It's a crazy summer with a dad who does not love Sadie, another break up with Noah, and love at first sight encounter at a beach party. This book details a romantic, amazing, and crazy summer that you won't forget.
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 th
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
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Juliana was born in 1982 in New York, New York and grew up in Santa Monica, California. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2004 and an M.F.A. in Painting from U.C.L.A. in 2008. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.