Monday, May 3, 2010

Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone

Characters: 17/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 16/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 86/100 or B
Source: Publisher
When poor Boston girl Stephanie is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie’s Beverly Hills family, she feels anything but home. Her dark complexion and accent stick out like a sore thumb in the golden-hued world of blondes and extravagance. These are girls who seem to live life in fast forward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause. Yet when a new rival moves to town, threatening Annie’s queen-bee status, Stephanie finds herself taking sides in a battle she never even knew existed, and that feeling invisible is a wound that can only be healed by standing up for who she is.
Brilliant newcomer Mary Hanlon Stone delivers a compulsively readable insider’s view of growing up in a world where money and privilege don’t always glitter

Stephanie's past is amazingly portrayed, but as soon as she became fake in order to gain friendship, she lost all of her personality and spunk. Then Annie and her friends were also very mean and just horrible. I couldn't really relate to Stephanie faking who she was to get friends and the utter bitchiness that the other girls had. I did like the character Kamal, she was funny and overall had the personality to make up for the other characters. I felt that this book could have been so amazing, but it was so slow at times and the plot was rather vain at times, which was surprising, because of all that has happened to Stephanie. The plot was also not as developed at I wish it would be. It wasn't a super original book. Stone is a gifted writer that created an interesting story that could have used a bit more developed plot, but I still found it to be an engaging and fun read.

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