Review: Invisible by Jeanne Brannon
Lola Savullo is heavy, hates wearing a swimsuit. There's a dysfunctional family, caught up in their own narcissistic existences, except for Grandma Rose, who seems to understand Lola and her unusual way of dealing with the incessant bullying by most other teens in her school.
Lola's BFF calls the ability a superpower. Lola thinks differently, it's an escape, a way of avoiding the hurtful words and painful punches and slaps – both physical and verbal. What can she do? Lola disappears when she's overwhelmed by those around her. Grandma Rose calls it "The Vanishing." Lola is different, a negative, but she can also disappear, what every teenage girl wishes she could do.
Jeanne Bannon drops the reader into Lola's predicament right from the beginning, a humiliating moment at a public pool, and we immediately feel for this young woman. This is a story for all teens, a story about learning to cope with what gets you down, and rise above it. There are moments of humiliation most will know for a fact, and moments of utter joy. I highly recommend this book not only for teens, but also for their parents as a way to learn how to discover a way to stand up against bullying.
Jeanne Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. She started her career as a freelance journalist, then worked as an in-house editor for LexisNexis Canada. Jeanne currently works as a freelance editor and writer.
Invisible, her debut novel, is about a teenage girl who isn't happy with herself and wishes she could disappear. And one day she does.