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The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher
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Sep 19, 2008

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Alice and Jewel face a familiar dilemma – what happens when your best friend starts to have feelings for you? Sixteen-year old Alice, a budding artist and practiced introvert, is caught between her longstanding friendship with Jewel and her surprising new relationship with football-player Simon. It seems she can’t have both. Set against the backdrop of Seattle, Washington, first time author Gallagher nicely captures the awkwardness and “what ifs” of a friendship that suddenly means something more. She writes with clear, engaging prose, and the scenes feel realistic for the characters she’s created, with the exception of Alice’s abrupt decision about Simon, which is not as well developed. Though Gallagher doesn’t hit you over the head with morality questions, her message is clear in Alice’s ultimate choices about drinking, sex and being “ready” for a boyfriend, making this a good book to recommend for a “clean read.” This engaging novel appeals with its ultimately positive message about being true to yourself.

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