Reviewed by Sarah Varland
Perfectly Invisible by Kristin Billerbeck
"Any teenage girl who likes to read would get a kick out of this novel and I think even adults who like books of the same style of Billerbeck’s Ashley Stockingdale series would enjoy reading these."
Kristin Billerbeck has taken
all the good, bad, and overly dramatic of high school and put it into
a story in the point of view of high school
senior Daisy Crispin. Daisy is a fun, likable character who’s counting
down the days until she can leave high school behind and become the confident,
successful young woman she’s sure she is behind her not-so-popular
exterior. With freedom from her snobby private school so close she can
taste it, Daisy is just ready to be done. Unfortunately for her, she’s
not done yet.
Drama abounds in this true-to-high-school story. Daisy’s best friend is having family drama, Daisy’s having job drama, and everyone’s having guy drama. Daisy’s sort-of-maybe-boyfriend Max seems to be avoiding her and paying too much attention to her best friend, and her crush-since-forever Chase is suddenly paying more than enough attention to Daisy. It’s enough to make a girl’s heart and head spin. Daisy, who’s overwhelmed by the drama, especially with the guys, is a truly relatable character and the fact that she makes several mistakes as she’s trying to decide who she can trust makes her even more relatable.
This book was well-paced and there was just the right amount of action to keep the story moving along well. The characters were so unique and different from each other and the short descriptions were so well done that I could picture this novel like I was watching a movie in my head. Definitely entertaining.
Kristin Billerbeck’s voice is very well suited to writing for young adults. Her characters are realistic and while her books do have Christian elements, they’re never preachy—they’re real and funny. Any teenage girl who likes to read would get a kick out of this novel and I think even adults who like books of the same style of Billerbeck’s Ashley Stockingdale series would enjoy reading these.
Sarah Varland lives in Georgia with her husband, son, and two dogs. When she's not busy teaching high school English or walking around with her nose stuck in a book, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors doing things like hiking and kayaking. Sarah is currently pursuing publication as a novelist and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. You can read some of her thoughts on life, books, and the ministry fishbowl at her blog.