Invisible by Cecily Anne Paterson. This was an unusual book for me to choose. Nothing weird or paranormal, just a good book about a young girl coming out of her shell and learning about who she really is and can be.
Jazmine is deaf. She can hear a bit, and with hearing aids she does ok, but she prefers to just pretend she’s invisible. She doesn’t want to interact with anyone and she does a really good job of just blending in. But there is so much more to her, and watching that emerge is one of the beautiful things about this book.
Paterson does a great job of capturing the heart of a young girl. Jazmine is probably about 12 (I can’t remember if she ever really says her exact age), and Paterson really captures that tender age well. The hurt. The confusion. The decisions that she has to face. It’s all endearing. Jazmine learns to accept things, and in that, herself. And because of this, when faced with the school bully she can stand up for herself.
This is a book I want my daughters to read. To learn what it means to become who you truly are, and to be more than you thought you could be.
Awesome book. Read it.