Reviews for Opposite of Invisible


Booklist Reviews 2007 November #2
Fifteen-year-old Alice feels comfortable on the sidelines. Her best friend, Julian (Jewel), is right there with her, and the artistic twosome feels no need for more friends. Then, out of the blue, Simon, the boy Alice has a crush on, takes notice of her. At almost the same moment, Jewel sees Alice as more than a friend. Now Alice has a problem. She and Jewel have disdained the popular crowd Simon runs with. If she decides to date Simon, Jewel will feel betrayed. If she moves forward with Jewel and it doesn't work out, their friendship will be ruined. Gallagher writes a familiar story of love found, lost, and then found again, but she does it with such sweetness it will seem as fresh to readers as it does to Alice. She also deftly uses the Seattle setting to best advantage, giving the book a real sense of place. Written with a snappy brevity, the story will also work well for reluctant readers, who will find it a manageable length. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
Sophomore Alice and her best friend, an artsy boy called Jewel, exist on the periphery of their Seattle high school's in-crowd. Unexpected lip-locks with Jewel and the football player she has a crush on lead Alice in different directions. With a good ear for dialogue and sure character delineation, Gallagher makes fresh the oft-visited terrain of high school friendship and romance. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 November #2
When a contemporary Seattle teen decides it's time to move in new directions, she ends up hurting her best friend and herself. Fifteen-year-old Alice has been best friends with Jewel since grade school. He's comfortable. Her parents adore him. He reads her mind, knows her favorite latte and gives the best hugs. Artistic and "antipopular," Jewel treks his own invisible path through their Seattle neighborhood and Alice has been content to trek right beside him. But now Alice wants a real boyfriend with "handholding and kissing . . . like everyone else." When Simon Murphy, a very visible football team member, asks her to the Halloween Bloodbath, Alice can't believe her luck. As Simon's new chick, Alice is instantly part of the hot crowd, hanging out with popular kids and trying out new hairstyles and clothes. But inside Alice misses Jewel terribly and wonders if she and Jewel are more than just friends. Honest and slightly confused, Alice gradually learns the difference between being visible and being yourself and the importance of being true to a true friend. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2008 January #3

Former children's bookseller Gallagher offers a diverting view of familiar terrain in her first novel. The artistic but in-the-shadows protagonist, 16-year-old Alice, and her more talented pal, a boy named Jewel, are joined at the hip--and have been since they were three. So, when Jewel breaks the rules of friendship and kisses her, she doesn't know what to think--especially because the hunky football player, Simon Murphy, surprisingly locked lips with her, too, just the day before. Now her heart is frantically pounding out "two-guys-at-once-two-kisses-you-have-to-choose," and, she says, "I don't know if my heart can survive that kind of beating." Yes, this story has been told before. But Gallagher infuses the usual fluff with personality, in part via the offbeat Seattle setting. Alice and Jewel are regulars at the Green Bean organic coffee shop, friends with the video store clerk ("Greetings, darlings," he says as they return a Japanimation DVD) and connoisseurs of the indie music scene. Although Jewel conforms to the "Mr. Outsider Artist" label that Alice tags him with, Simon isn't the stock football player (he volunteers at the aquarium and has actual feelings); members of the artsy and popular crowds overlook stereotypes long enough to commingle willingly by the end. The author's voice is strong--she bears watching. Ages 14-up. (Jan.)

[Page 172]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 May

Gr 8-10-- Alice has never been part of the in-crowd at school. She hangs with the artsies, as well as her best friend, a boy named Jewel whom she has known since grade school. Then one day something weird happens--a popular football player named Simon starts noticing her. Jewel starts noticing her too. In the course of one week, both boys kiss her and she likes both kisses equally. Initially, she dates Simon, and, as a result, her friendship with Jewel is shattered, and she must make a decision about what's really important to her. The story is upbeat, but the pacing is slow, and the plot is a bit obvious. However, the mood of reflection is sustained throughout, the characters are fully fleshed out, and high school life is accurately portrayed.--Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Aurora, ON, Canada

[Page 122]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2008 February
Fifteen-year-old Alice has spent most of high school feeling invisible-not that she is complaining. She has always been content staying on the perimeter, with her best friend, Jewel, observing and shunning all things typically teenage. Alice and Jewel exist in their own little world where they spend time creating and appreciating art, drinking coffee, and trolling junk shops and other offbeat attractions in Seattle. When Alice starts dating Simon, a popular athlete who is surprisingly complex, her relationship with Jewel suffers. With Simon, Alice begins to step out of the shadows. Less shy now, Alice makes new friends and participates in things she once mocked, such as high school dances and parties with the football team. As Jewel pulls further away from Alice, she questions her feelings toward him and why she can not stop thinking about Jewel when she is with Simon. Now that Alice no longer feels invisible, she must decide if she can step back and take a good hard look at who she really is. The struggle to fit in is a common theme in young adult novels. What sets this title apart is that Alice ultimately understands that who she is cannot be defined by the company she keeps. Although nervous to leave the shelter of her relationship with Jewel, Alice discovers that it is okay to have more than one friend from more than one group. With its striking setting and diverse cast of well-developed characters, Gallagher's debut-like Alice-shines.-Amanda MacGregor PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-94329-4. 4Q 4P S Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.

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