Book Review

Review: Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

35230429 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Pages: 320 pages
Recommended Age: 12-17
Blurb: Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.

Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother’s death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends–a group of magnificently silly theater nerds–while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.

Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life–and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth.

All Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose.

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This book is very different from the books that I read before. So what is it all about? Basically, there’s this girl whose name is Rose and her brother died when she was on 7th grade. That’s tough for a 7th grader, I say! Anyway, Rose could see her brother, Logan. They would constantly watch TV series and talk. However, things somehow changed when Jaime, Rose’s childhood friend came back to town.

The plot of the book is very interesting because it featured ghosts and reading paranormal romance books are out of my comfort zone so it was nice to read one for a while. I also thought that her brother’s ghost is just an imagination of her and the book is going to be like about mental health. But no. She could see the ghost. She is not just imagining his brother. That was very unexpected. Despite that, I still enjoyed the book. I like the fact how Robyn Schneider used the ghost of her brother to still communicate with her which shows her relationship with her brother.

Another thing I liked in this book is the relationship of Rose and her brother. In the book, you could see how they care about each other. It also showed some parts of what it feels like having a sibling. There was the time that Rose was not minding her brother and both of them having arguments with each other. Their relationship was dynamic; it was not just only love, love, and love; and that made me to like their sibling relationship so much.

Speaking of Logan, there’s this love-hate thing I have going for him. He was kind of funny for a ghost, at times. I also liked the fact that he watches lots of Netflix. But, he can be sometimes annoying. There are parts that I just want him to be gone. It was sad that he was stuck with being fifteen forever, because he died. But that makes it harder to connect with him. I mean, I haven’t tried to be a ghost for a day. Maybe I’d get annoyed if my sister won’t see me or something. I do not know; that’s why it was very hard to connect to his character most of the time.

Unfortunately, that was not the case for the relationship of Rose and Jaime. I felt that it was all too fast. Like there was this part that I thought Rose hates Jaime but she is now flirting with him. And now, they’re making out. It happened all too fast for me. There are insta-love situations that I like but this one is not. I would also like an explanation on why both of them can see ghosts. It was a question that the author posed in her novel for so many times. But I haven’t got answers. There were just theories in passing. And these theories are just used when the characters were flirting.

The character of Jaime was meh. It was very bland. It was like your American boy next door – I’m perfect and I’m funny. He can be nerdy at times, which I thought was good for a while. But it adds up to: Hi, I’m Jaime. I’m your typical boy next door and I can be nerdy and that makes me cute but I don’t know that. That’s basically how I would introduce him. Sorry, honey.

Don’t get me started on Rose, now. She can very whiny. She gets on my nerves most of the time. For me, she acts like she is this girl who needs pity from everyone. She has friends which she does not consider as friends. She gives a vibe that she shouldn’t be in that group and to be there would be sad and that she is tortured by it. Honey, you pushed your OG friends. You don’t complain. But hey, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt, her brother died.

Anyway, I expected the book to be very emotional but it was not really that emotional. However, the last parts were kind of emotional. It talked about grief and moving on from a death of a love one. This part made tears fall down my eyes. But not ugly cry. It was an okay cry, I guess?

rating 3.5

For this, I gave 3 stars. Additional 0.5 star because of the good dedication. So 3.5 stars.

I recommend it to people who likes paranormal romances, and wants a story tackles a loss of a family member. This is also recommended to fans of John Green too since, for, some reason, it has John Green elements.

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