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We start with the same setting as before with a teenage girl who lives in Australia. She is fairly new at her school because her mother moved them around a lot because of a tragedy in their lives but thankfully, they have decided to stay after the events of the last book. The setting still works really well for this book. So, I'm glad that Mrs. Paterson didn't have Jazmine move again. So, we are able to start this book where the other left off.
The characters are still wonderful. I love Jazmine and I love her friends. The author has a wonderful way of making her characters real with real problems. Unfortunately, I was a little confused when it came to Liam. You get to know him in the book before and the changes he goes through within a matter of weeks don't make sense because you do not expect his actions in the second book. It seems kind of forced. I wish there had been some clues to his personality in the first book. For example, with Gabby you saw her actions coming but for Liam it was a surprise. For someone who didn't read the book before this one, you wouldn't notice but I did so I noticed. It's the only real complaint I have characterwise.
Now, the plot was a little sticky but it goes back to the surprising actions of Liam and it was because I had to switch from seeing him as one person to seeing him as another very quickly. However, once I was able to see him that way, the plot was easier to take in. The other parts of the plot were perfection. I loved it. There was real emotion within them and I was able to experience everything with those characters. I do like the message behind the plot. I just wish there had been more signs pointing to what was about to happen. I think it would have helped the message also.
This book is still enjoyable. I still loved it. I will be recommending it especially to young girls. The messages in it are important to any teenage girl. I recommend this book to anyone who likes clean books with a healthy dose of sentiment. I also recommend it to anyone who likes books with dramatic flare.
Invincible picks up where Invisible left off, although I think it does well as a stand-alone book, as well. I feel that Cecily Paterson really comes into her own as a novelist with this book. Even more so than its predecessor, Invincible does a fantastic job of relating the journey of a young girl through the murky waters of adolescence. It is just as meaningful and entertaining as Sarah Dessen's best works.
In this installment of Jazmine's story, we see more of the self confidence that she started to develop in Invisible. But this confidence starts to wear ragged around the edges as Jazmine finds herself trapped in a relationship that is slowly turning from slightly controlling into downright abusive.
The abusive relationship is a theme that I haven't seen explored much in YA fiction, and particularly at the lower levels as this book is. But I admire the author for tackling it. So many of our girls - today and in generations past - get trapped in abusive situations because they can't recognize the signs until they're too emotionally attached to leave. Either that, or they don't know how to stand up for themselves. We focus so much on this kind of abuse in the adult world, but it's just as much of a problem in adolescent dating. And it's rare to find a book that touches on it with so much accuracy.
A girl reading this book is going to follow Jazmine as she goes through the classic issues of not knowing what to do, of hiding the problem from her friends and family, and finally the awareness that she is worth so much more than what her boyfriend makes her feel. Her growth from helpless victim to a young lady of confidence and bravery is an inspiration that any girl would benefit from reading. And as with the prequel, there is nothing in Invincible that would give parents pause.
This is a book that I will give to my daughter, and I encourage any parent to do the same. It's eye-opening in a non-preachy, entertaining way. The topic it covers is too prevalent in our society, and I feel this book should be given the attention that it is due.