Review: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Author: Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Publisher: Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
I just read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares recently, which is also co-authored by David Levithan, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I loved the beginning, and then my love just kind of ebbed as the book went on. With Invisibility, it seemed to kind of go the other way. I was having a hard time with it in the beginning, but then the book seemed to get better as the story went along.
But I still felt like there was something missing from Invisibility. I’ve read a lot of David Levithan books now, and he is one of my favorite authors, but Invisibility seemed to be lacking a lot of that beautiful writing of his. I did end up finding some beautiful lines, but this book wasn’t draped in all those eloquent and poignant words that I’ve come to equate with David Levithan. I know there were two authors, and a lot of Andrea Cremer’s parts had great lines, and David’s parts did, too, but his books, whether written just by him or with a co-author, are normally so saturated in beautiful lines that I find myself filling my notes with nothing but wonderful quotes. It was just kind of disappointing that Invisibility wasn’t like this as well.
However, I did enjoy the story more as it went along, and there were some great suspenseful and creepy parts near the end. I also like the fact that when Stephen was younger, he filled the role of another kid’s invisible friend. That was such a cute anecdote that I really loved. I also really loved the character of Laurie, Elizabeth’s younger brother. He had some great lines and was a really thoughtful character.
But I didn’t really enjoy the very end. I wanted it to turn out a little differently. And I didn’t like the fact that Stephen and Elizabeth’s romance was pretty much insta-love. I understand why Stephen would fall so quickly (the first girl that can see him-literally!), but with Elizabeth, I’m not sure why she would fall so fast. And there was one part that really didn’t seem to be explained.
Andrea Cremer and David Levithan get some of my bonus points for the following reasons:
- Several Harry Potter references = 50,000 points
- A Chronicles of Narnia reference = 25,000 points
- A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reference = 50,000 points
- A Donnie Darko reference = 50,000 points
- A Spider-Man reference = 15,000 points
- A Doctor Who reference = 50,000 points
Despite the fact that this book wasn’t overfilled with all the beautiful writing I was expecting from a David Levithan book, I did find some lines that I thought were really great:
I read this book as a part of the Levithan Loveathon, hosted by my friend Courtney at Abducted by Books.