I received this book for free from American Book Center in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Invisibles by Cecilia Galante
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 4th 2015
Source: American Book Center
In the vein of Meg Donohue and Jennifer Close, comes Cecilia Galante's adult debut about the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship--a compelling, moving novel that is told in both the present and the past.
Thrown together by chance as teenagers at Turning Winds Home for Girls, Nora, Ozzie, Monica, and Grace quickly bond over their troubled pasts and form their own family which they dub The Invisibles. But when tragedy strikes after graduation, Nora is left to deal with the horrifying aftermath alone as the other three girls leave home and don't look back.
Fourteen years later, Nora is living a quiet, single life working in the local library. She is content to focus on her collection of "first lines" (her favorite opening lines from novels) and her dog, Alice Walker, when out-of-the-blue Ozzie calls her on her thirty-second birthday. But after all these years, Ozzie hasn't called her to wish a happy birthday. Instead, she tells Nora that Grace attempted suicide and is pleading for The Invisibles to convene again. Nora is torn: she is thrilled at the thought of being in touch with her friends, and yet she is hesitant at seeing these women after such a long and silent period of time. Bolstered by her friends at the library, Nora joins The Invisibles in Chicago for a reunion that sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will change each of their lives forever.
The Invisibles is an unforgettable novel that asks the questions: How much of our pasts define our present selves? And what does it take to let go of some of our most painful wounds and move on?
The Invisibles starts, as my literature professor would demand me to call, ‘in medias res.’ You jump right into the story, and as it progresses we find out that something has happened those years ago that the protagonist hasn’t fully dealt with. What it is you won’t find out until the end of the story, but as you get deeper into the story you start to crave the answer to this question. It’s this answer that has you turning pages faster and faster, until you finally finds the answer you’re looking for (bonus points: the answer is most definitely not a letdown!).
The characters were well-developed. The flashbacks to when they were in high school were welcome insights to how much the girls have changed over the course of fourteen years.
I really like how this book raises the question: How much of your past defines your future. I do think, however, that the author may have focused a little too much on this aspect. We slowly learn about all of the girls, and what their lives are like now, and to me it was a bit too much. A little bit too extreme here and there.
All and all, I flew through The Invisibles. It’s the kind of read where you can put your mind on zilch and just read until you’ve reached the end of the book. Although it wasn’t the kind of book I’d normally go for, it was most definitely very enjoyable and a great book to bring with you on holiday!