22.3.14

Book Blurb Breakdown: She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author rips apart (gently) jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  




today's blurb
Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.


the blurb:  shredded 

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented.  (Okay, this is cool.  Brings up some questions: Why has her father taught her this?  Why is she so good?) Her secret: (She has a secret?) She is blind.  (Why is this a secret?  But very cool.  Now I'm wondering how a girl who can't see is so adept at recognizing these subtle, often visual cues.  It promises a pretty cool investigation of how disability doesn't define you.) But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her (Pronoun is referring back to two people. Gr.) skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness (Whoa, okay.  A lot is going on there.  A world full of darkness?  Heavy-handed, much?  She's going to NYC with her little brother?  Is NYC far from them, or is this just a short jaunt?  I honestly would like to know more about what's going on here, because I don't have enough sense of the mystery to be truly intrigued). She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.  (If I never heard the phrase "the delicate ties that bind people to each other" again, it would be too soon.)




the verdict 
3/5 stars

A promising start that fizzles out quickly.  There's just not enough meat and too many meaningless aphorisms to pack a real punch.  We start out with a cool scenario: blind girl who's an expert at detecting patterns.  A sort of teenage Sherlock who has overcome her disability to become truly great.  Then...um, I dunno.  Dad goes missing.  They travel an unspecified distance to New York City.  Something bad is going on.  The world is dark and bleak and dangerous.  Yeah, that's all I've got.  What does this have to do with these "ties that bind"?  Um.  Well.  I wish I knew, because it might make me more apt to actually read the novel.  I'm not surprised from the lackluster blurb that reviews have been incredibly mixed.  I may give this one a chance, but I think I'll stick with Sedgewick's other, better-loved novels before I jump into this vague black hole.  No matter how much I love the cover.

EDIT:  Let's be honest, I'll probably still read it.  I've heard some good things from credible sources.  



your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  



previous breakdowns 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Dangerous by Shannon Hale





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