Synopsis: High school is hard when you’re invisible.
Fiona McClean hates her family, has had to move to a new school and seems to be completely invisible to the boy she likes. So far so normal, right? But Fiona really is invisible. She doesn’t even know what colour her own hair is.
Born into a world where Cold War anti-radiation pills have caused genetic mutations, Fiona is forced to work for her mind-controlling mobster father as the world’s most effective thief. When her father announces she must become a murdering assassin, Fiona and her telekinetic mother make a break for freedom. Running to a small Arizonian town, Fiona finds that playing at ‘normal life’ with a mother on the edge, a brother she can’t trust, and a boy who drives her crazy is as impossible as escaping her father.
200words (or less) review: Transparent really exceeded by expectations. I was hoping for good but Natalie Whipple delivered so much more. The writing and especially the characters had that extra bit that takes it from good to brilliant.
Fiona is invisible which sounds like a great superpower but she doesn’t even know what she looks like. Under the control of her father Fiona has done a lot of things she’s not proud of. The story starts with Fiona and a mother escaping to a small town outside of her father ‘reign’ (He lords over people so I think that fits). This is not their first attempt so Fiona isn’t convinced when her mother enrols her in the local high school.
What I really loved about Transparent is that despite the superhero powers the story is really focused on people. Fiona, the friends she’s makes at school and her family. It’s about overcoming prejudices, not just those directed at Fiona but also the ones she has herself. Learning to trust but also forgiveness, the relationship between Fiona and her mother is particularly good reading.
Transparent ticked all the boxes for me. I can’t wait to see what Natalie Whipple next book is.