The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher

I’m sick, can you tell? I’m catching up on the pile of books next to my bed.

Alice is best friends with a boy named Jewel. They spend all their time together, know (almost) everything about each other, and insulate each other from high school life. The only thing Jewel doesn’t know about Alice is that she has a crush on Simon, a football player at their school. She couldn’t possibly talk about having a crush on someone so popular. When Simon and Jewel kiss Alice on consecutive days, she is forced to choose between them. Choosing Simon forces her out of her cocoon and helps her make new friends. But she wasn’t prepared for how much she would miss Jewel.

What I liked best about this book was how her friendship with Jewel was both good for her (she could depend on him) and bad for her (she never branched out because she spent all her time with Jewel). The same could be said about her relationship with Simon – his attention gave Alice more confidence, though she also felt unable to connect with him on a deeper level. This felt very realistic to me. I remember how it felt to be unable to express yourself because of your friends, and that was the part of Alice’s story that I liked best. She took glass blowing classes, she bought new clothes, she gave new people a chance. I liked watching Alice figure out who she was and what she liked without Jewel, even though I was rooting for them to get back together the whole time. This was a fun, quick read with good depth to the characters. I’m definitely glad I picked it up.

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