LOVE IS BEING SEEN // THE IMPOSSIBLE STORY OF OLIVE IN LOVE

TITLE: The impossible story of Olive in Love

AUTHOR: Tonya Alexandra

RATING: 2.5 stars

TRIGGER WARNING: Animal, and spousal abuse.

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: harpercollinsNZ sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review

GENRE: contemporary

synopsis

I get that I’m impossible.
I get that I’m mad and rude — perhaps even a drama queen at times.
But you’d be impossible if you lived my life … You’d be impossible if you were invisible.
Shakespeare was an idiot. Love is not blind. Love is being seen.

Plagued by a gypsy curse that she’ll be invisible to all but her true love, seventeen-year-old Olive is understandably bitter. Her mother is dead; her father has taken off. Her sister, Rose, is insufferably perfect. Her one friend, Felix, is blind and thinks she’s making it all up for attention.

Olive spends her days writing articles for her gossip column and stalking her childhood friend, Jordan, whom she had to abandon when she was ten because Jordan’s parents would no longer tolerate an ‘imaginary friend’. Nobody has seen her — until she meets Tom: the poster boy for normal and the absolute opposite of Olive.

But how do you date a boy who doesn’t know you’re invisible? Worse still, what happens when Mr Right feels wrong? Has destiny screwed up? In typical Olive fashion, the course is set for destruction. And because we’re talking Olive here, the ride is funny, passionate and way, way, way, way dramatic.

This story is for anyone who’s ever felt invisible.

This story is for anyone who sees the possible in the impossible.

synopsis

first off, this book was not for me so take my review with a grain of salt. If you like unlikable main protagonists, and middle grade feeling books. Then this might be more up your alley!

The only thing I really enjoyed about this book was the premise, it had an interesting idea behind it. An invisible girl who can only be seen by her true love. But I couldn’t get into this novel for a few reasons.

Personally I found the main character, Olive, really unlikable. This was because of the way she treated others, and  just how she acted in general. Understandably she would have issues with conversing due to not being able to be seen. But that doesn’t excuse the atrocious way she treats Tom and her friends and family.

Besides this, It was shown as a young adult novel but it didn’t feel like one. I know that young adult deals with people around that age, and the issues they deal with. But for some reason, and it’s one I haven’t yet placed, this felt more like a middle grade. The only conclusion I can come to for why it feels this way, is that Olive really does act like she is 13 or so.

There were some humorous parts throughout the novel, but they were far apart and honestly didn’t save it for me.

until next time,
Sarah

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