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Transparent's Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she's been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people.

Fiona's had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father's reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can't trust, and a guy at school she can't stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she'll go to protect everyone she's come to love.

Fans of strong heroines like Daughter of Smoke and Bone's Karou or Maximum Ride's Max will fall in love with Transparent by Natalie Whipple.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 131 x 214 x 23mm | 277g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062120166
  • 9780062120168
  • 513,678

Back cover copy

Plenty of teenagers feel invisible.
Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona's own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years--everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona's had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona's father isn't giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
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"The quick-paced story is a great fit for fans of unusual love interests."--Kirkus Reviews
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Rating details

3,139 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,024)
4 31% (982)
3 24% (738)
2 9% (272)
1 4% (123)

Our customer reviews

Let me start by saying that the tagline "X-Men meets the Godfather" is cruelly misleading. Of course, we should know that with taglines by now, but they're still deceptive. The inherent action and intrigue implied by that tagline is really only present in the first 10% and the last 10%. What do we have in the middle? A contemporary-like romance with some supernatural elements thrown in there in an attempt to create a deep story that kind of just fails in the execution. The beginning of the novel I can best describe as weaksauce. Fiona, the invisible girl, lives in a world where all kinds of supernatural abilities exist due to an anti-radiation drug's side effects. Her father has the power to manipulate her and does so to force her into carrying out numerous crimes for his crime syndicate. So, her mother one night decides it's best for them to run away. It felt like such a rushed beginning. The result is that this dark mafia world is largely left unexplored - because they get out of there so quickly, and the rest of the novel, they're in hiding. And the weaksauce story continued when they arrived at a little town in the middle of nowhere. First off, Fiona is freaking annoying. She's super judgmental and self-centered, and I don't know what the big idea with her character was. I suppose Natalie Whipple was aiming for a strong female character, which I get, coming from the crime world and not wanting to trust anyone. But she came off as extremely abrasive at the beginning. Maybe it's because we didn't get to see more of her suffering in the crime world to start with. More ridiculousness ensued when Fiona goes... to high school! (Can I get a *headdesk*?) She meets Bea, a girl with whom she shares almost all her classes. It's ridiculous how badly Bea wants to be her friend. She chases after her, and on a daily basis asks her to have lunch with her or go to tutoring with her. Meanwhile, Fiona is being the biggest rhymes-with-witch in the world. She runs away from her, avoids her, ignores her. Why? The only real reason she gives is that Bea is too pretty. So I just don't get it. Fiona was really freaking mean, but Bea kept chasing after her anyway. I seriously had trouble with this. It all just felt so awkward and unrealistic. Things come to a head and Bea just starts yelling at her - warranted, but still weird, because if someone keeps acting like that to you, you give up trying to be their friend. But no. They then become friends. Were I in a different mood or did I not have the entire day set aside to read this book, I could very well have stopped there. Luckily, it gets somewhat better. I think I'm going to mostly classify this as a really, really awkward beginning (if beginning = ~40%). The rest of the novel was predominantly average. There's romance. It looks like a love triangle for a while, but since this is a stand alone, thankfully there is a clear conclusion. The twist to the romance, though, felt extremely predictable - and in fact, I knew it from the second the character was introduced. Still, it was a rather nice execution. With Fiona's power though, there were just some really awkward scenes every now and again that almost made me feel uncomfortable. The antagonists were sufficiently evil and creepy, if not a bit too much so. Considering they're family, it's rather troubling how violent they are to each other. Again, with the mafia world in the picture, it shouldn't feel this awkward, but it does, because the whole story feels rushed. It all just left me wishing for more substance. Fiona is effectively still running away from her father and hiding the whole story. And how ridiculous is it for someone who is INVISIBLE to need to put in so much effort? I mean, if he's really that bad, you can ditch your mother, who seems to be the weakest link, and go live in a freaking cabin in the middle of nowhere. It just felt rather underdeveloped. There was much more potential for the world building, Fiona's power, and just... in general. On the plus side, it's a quick read - really quick. For me, a slow reader, it was only like 4-5 hours. The writing is decent and compulsively readable (albeit a bit too much 'telling'). The main romance is pretty cute, when you get over the awkward parts. The ending is ultimately satisfying for the kind of story it ended up being. Though I wished for more, it tied up most of the strings and had a general feel-good vibe. Summing Up... This may be my most disappointing read of 2013 so far. I had really high hopes for this one, but it ended up being vastly different from the story I expected. With such an unlikable main character and awkward, ridiculous plot elements, it's not something I would confidently recommend. Recommended To... Yeah, more
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We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: If you are interested, you can visit our website: The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: About The Book: Fiona McClean is not like any usual teenager we are use to see. She's invisible. Yes, the invisible girl. All the benefits this feature could bring to a person, to Fiona's is a curse. Being invisible is a priceless weapon and even family can see you this way. Fiona's father is the boss of a mafia mob and he's been using Fiona for his own purposes. Since she was little, her father taught her the game of stealing, the game of bribing and some other games not recommended for children. In just a few words, Fiona's been doing her father's dirty work. After sixteen years, trying to scape from his corrupt father without success, she's willing to make this flee worth it. She and her mother start a new life in a city where is off bounds of her father's mob power. It seemed so easy, so reachable... The only thing she wanted the most is be free of her father's domination and she's going to do everything on her power to keep her mother and herself safe. Review: Natalie Whipple's YA debut novel is quite a different and refreshing story. It certainly attracts our attention with topics well-known as super powers, although Natalie Whipple's shows us the perks of having super powers as unique as Fiona's. At first, we didn't truly understand what would Fiona hate so much about her super power. In some situations we all have wanted to be invisible: in some awkward situation, when you want to disappear or even other in some exam to take a sneak peak to the classmate's exam. However, reading Fiona's story makes you realize that all wishes are dangerous. Before we started reading the book, we thought that she could turn her invisibility off and on, but we realized that she was invisible all the time. Do you know how would be like? She cannot even shave her legs or know the color of her hair or eyes. Fiona's family is a total mess, but is the feature of the book that brings all the intrigue and the action. Firstly, Fiona's father is the clear definition of a total douchebag. He has some sort of romantic power that creates a charm only on women which allows him to lure them to do what he wants them to. If that's not enough, he seems to have an harem of women with special talents to have special kids to make his organization more powerful, he's a cruel and ruthless mob boss that uses his kids to his own profit even if he traumatizes them and, above all, he knows the damage he is doing to his family. Fiona's mother, however, is a victim, or at least that's what we think of her. She fell in love with this idiotic monster and now is addicted to him. He seems really vulnerable in front of him to the point of being unable to protect herself and her kids from him. Fiona's older brother, Garrett, is dad's lap dog. He obeys all the commands made by her father and seems as charmed as those women Fioan's father had lured, although the power does not affect the male population. We have to recognize, that we started hating this character as much as we did with Fiona's father, but at the end we were a little bit worry for him. Unlike his brother, Miles, the other brother of Fiona, is quite the opposite. He was despised by his father since he was a kid and he has tried to be out of his father's organization for a long time now. We really like the idea of the origin of the super powers. It is a brilliant idea to use some historical facts and a little bit of basic science. All the basics to create this society where super powers are the mutations of genes induced by some pills called Radiasure that it was believed that it would protect people from radiation in the Cold War. Reading Fiona's point of view, made us ache for the same wishes she yearned. She is strong, but a little bit insecure with his invisibility power. She is afraid of simple things as not being able to heal for a bullet shot because nobody would see anything to aid her or the fact that her mother has never said to her how beautiful she was, because her mother did not know how she looked like. So we totally support Fiona's personality; we like strong women who fight for what they believe. Finally, Fiona finds people who can trust and a bunch of friends that would do anything for her. We were happy to see that the invisibility shell she was born with, finally let her live the life she always wanted. Whilst we were expecting to see more interaction for the main couple on the book, we were able to see some forgiveness in the story, although the person who is forgiven does not deserve it. It is also true, that we were expecting more couple moments and that was the only thing that we sincerely miss in this captivating story. This story is funny, brilliant and really entertaining. It is not only because of the society and the characters Natalie Whipple has created, but because of her fluid writing. You do not get lost at any point of the story and you live inside Fiona's narrative, as if it where you the main character. To sum up our review, we strongly recommend this book, Book Addicts, because we know you are gonna enjoy as much as we did reading it and because it is a fantastic book to read. That is pretty much the reason why Natalie Whipple's book, Transparent, is getting a high ranking in our gorjuss more
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