Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Out of Sight Out of Mind

Thirteen year old Queen-of-mean Amanda Beeson, wakes up one morning in the wrong body. She's become lonely, unfashionable Tracey Devon - one of Amanda's targets for bullying. Amanda discovers that Tracey, ignored at home and at school, has the ability to turn invisible. Amanda sets out to rescue her one-time victim from obscurity - as well as rescuing herself from Tracey's life.

Author: Marilyn Kaye
Publisher: Kingfisher (imprint of Macmillan)
Date of Publication: February 2nd 2009
Pages: 222
Series: Gifted #1
Source: Borrowed
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This book was an interesting one. It was short, but filled. The start appeared really random, a description about lunch breaks at the school. The prologue was intriguing, and the third person point of view swaps that weren't in a structured form and weren't so obvious were also quite intriguing.

About half the notes I wrote for this book said "mystery", "intrigue" or both! Amanda was a very typical popular girl, making fun of those around her, especially Tracey,The fact that Amanda was a gifted one and basically turned herself into Tracey, before seeing what happened in peoples' lives, was amazing. Some parts of this book were slightly confusing, but it didn't particularly matter.

You all know that I'm pretty big on character formation, right? Well, this book was both good and bad for this. Some of the characters were formed really well, but some of the main characters could have been more explained. However, the way some of the secondary characters were given full backgrounds and we knew what they were like helped me to understand them, and the story, better.

As characters, Jenna was more interesting than Amanda, so I kind of wish there were more of her thoughts and emotions in it. But because of the situation in the book, it wouldn't have fit the book, so that didn't matter.

Another thing was how the book showed stereotypes in a fantasy setting. I normally hate stereotypes, but this book was focused on them in a different way; it showed how clique-like girls think, and if they all saw what those who they bully go through, perhaps they would stop. I'd personally love to have some of the girls in my form, and from my old school, go through that.

I noted down a few quotes for this book, but they were all a bit long, and didn't show what this book was all about like this one: "Eight daughters! What was the matter with these people? Didn't they care about Tracey at all? Had they forgotten her?". I thought this quote showed exactly how Amanda came to think about Tracey's situation more, and it reflected what happened at the end of the book, when Amanda paid some attention to her positively instead of bullying, like the other girls in her clique.

So, overall, this wasn't the absolute best book in the world, but it wasn't horrendous.

Charli x


  1. Glad you enjoyed this one, the premise sounds quite cool. It instantly reminded me of one of the Gallagher Girl novels of the same title and I actually thought it was re-cover until I saw the authors name at the bottom. Amanda sounds like your typical shallow mean girl so I'm interested on how she would deal with the whole situation. Great Review Charli.

    1. It is pretty good! I thought the title was a bit similar, but the book itself isn't at all! Thank you :D


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