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  • Title: The Visibles
  • Author: Sara Shepard
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The only piece of information that Summer Davis takes away from her years at Peninsula Upper School one of the finest in the Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope radius, to quote the promotional materials is the concept that DNA defines who we are and forever ties us to our relatives A loner by circumstance, a social outcast by nature, and a witty and warm narrator of herThe only piece of information that Summer Davis takes away from her years at Peninsula Upper School one of the finest in the Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope radius, to quote the promotional materials is the concept that DNA defines who we are and forever ties us to our relatives A loner by circumstance, a social outcast by nature, and a witty and warm narrator of her own unimaginable chaos by happenstance, Summer hangs on to her interest in genetics like a life raft, in an adolescence marked by absence her beautiful, aloof mother abandons the family without a trace her father descends into mental illness, haunted by a lifelong burning secret and abetted by a series of letters that he writes to make sense of his feelings her best friend Claire drifts out of Summer s life in a breeze of indifference, feigned on both sides and her older brother fluctuates between irrational fury and unpredictable tenderness in an inaccessible world of his making Uncertain of her path and unbalanced by conflicting impulses toward hope and escape, Summer stays close to her father while attending college, taking him to electro shock therapy treatments and trying to make sense of his inscrutable past Upon his departure for a new and possibly recovered life, Summer begins to question the role of genetics and whether she is destined to live out her family s legacy of despair But it is only when Summer decides to leave New York herself and put off a promising science career to take care of her great aunt Stella bedrock of the family and bastion of folksy wisdom, irreverent insight, and Sinatra memorabilia in a less than scenic part of the Pennsylvanian countryside that Summer begins to learn that her biography doesn t have to define herd that her future, like her DNA, belongs to her alone In a novel consumed by the uncertainties of science, the flaws of our parents, and enough loss and longing to line a highway, Sara Shepard is a penetrating chronicler of the adolescence we all carry into adulthood how what happens to you as a kid never leaves you, how the fallibility of your parents can make you stronger, and how being right isn t as important as being wise From the backwoods of Pennsylvania to the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights, The Visibles investigates the secrets of the past, and the hidden corners of our own hearts, to find out whether real happiness is a gift or a choice.
    The Visibles The only piece of information that Summer Davis takes away from her years at Peninsula Upper School one of the finest in the Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope radius to quote the promotional materials i

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    1. After much consideration, I ve decided Sara Shepard should stick to what she knows best, which is young adult fiction.This is how I felt during the whole thing The Visibles, her first effort in the adult fiction world, starts off shakily with a confusing as F preface prologue introduction that doesn t seem to add anything to the story The first few chapters delve into Summer s life and provide unneccessary backstory The Visibles is one of those adult novels I cower away from, the ones where ever [...]

    2. I read an Advanced Copy of The Visibles and absolutely loved it The author has the ability to combine humor, wisdom and sadness in a refreshing and straightforward voice I could not put the book down, and after finishing, read it again just to see what I might have missed I m looking forward to all future books by this author I m sure she ll become one of my favorites

    3. The snow globe incident The snow globe incident THE SNOW GLOBE INCIDENT This book should have been called The Visibles THE SNOW GLOBE INCIDENT OMFG for how often the snow globe incident was mentioned SPOILER ALERT SOMETHING HAPPENS WITH A SNOW GLOBE And when you find out it will not be as monumental as the author hoped We meet Summer Davis, our heroine or something, because I m not sure she is heroic, but Summer Davis is our narrator at any rate That rate is soul crushingly slow and worthy of be [...]

    4. DNF 26%I know, I promised I wouldn t DNF any book this year but I honestly cannot read another word of this I would maybe pick it up at a later date, to try and finish it, but its a library book that s due back soon and I honestly just cannot be bothered The writing is nonsensical for one matter I can barely follow what is happening It switches from present day events to flashbacks memory like scenes with no pause You have no idea what point of timeline you currently reading about Also, the pro [...]

    5. Thought provoking, sad, complex I liked that she didn t settle for an easy resolution although I wanted to scream at some of choices that Summer made The mystery behind her father s mental breakdown and the way it is developed in the story adds another layer of intrigue.

    6. As much as I LOVE Sara Shepard and her books, I couldn t get into this one The beginning was so confusing and I was so lost I can relate to Sumner and appreciated what she did for and had to go through with her father and Stella.

    7. I had higher hopes because I loved the PLL books so much but I should have just re read them instead Summer is such an annoying character, the book is all over the place without any resolution for anyone except the dad her writing is still really good but the plot ugh.

    8. Sara Shepard s novel The Visibles A Novel is the type of story I generally love It is a bit of a coming of age novel about a girl from a dysfunctional family The novel is about a young girl named Summer Davis whose mother has abandoned the family If that isn t tough enough for a young girl, there is also Summer s father who suffers from mental illness and an older brother seemingly in denial of it all The theme of family, loss, and how family background and situations affects each of us deeply i [...]

    9. Hm.I got this book at a book swap event where there was very little choice, so I gave Sara Shepard another chance even though I pretty much detested Pretty Little Liars in all its commercial, formulaic, glory.Now I was in bed, recovering from a cold, and it seemed a good moment to start it And then I read it in one go so it seems rather well written because I found it hard to put down And yet there is something about it that left me dissatisfied and grumpy.Reading it was oddly upsetting everyone [...]

    10. The Visibles is not a page turner and my life is complicated at the moment I really needed to be reading a page turner But I could not keep the narrating character, Summer, out of my thoughts Summer s mother never is brought into the novel with a physical presence, but she is a force with which Summer has to reckon What her issues were that led her to abandon her family and disappear are not explained Summer is left to hold her father and brother together as a family while trying to find her own [...]

    11. I absolutely love Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game series by Sarah Shepard so I decided to give The Visibles a try As much as I wanted to like the book, I could not get into it Summer the main character was boring and the book was choppy I didn t feel any real emotion towards any of the characters I have a bad habit of wanting to finish bad books because I have already started them and this one was no exception I had to struggle to finish it and I was relived when I realized that I didn t [...]

    12. I was truly disappointed with this book Have you ever read a book that kept feeling like it was going to take off and never did That is what happened with this one I kept reading until about page 150 pages I then decided I would stop and not continue I skipped to the end to see if anything changed and nothing did Oh well, they cannot all be good books

    13. This was really slow for me It never had a huge climax in the middle The characters could have been better developed since I felt like they were pretty two dimensional.

    14. I have to admit that I found this book truly disturbing and depressing Despite saying this I couldn t put this book down it was truly captivating.

    15. also known as the visibles all families have secrets but this is one that could destroy everything a tragic car crash after a perty and a girl is killed fast forward and meet summer who s father works in medical science and a mother who has left home although she is not advised that at the time she is convinced that our genes define who we r and as her story unfolds it becomes clear how families and friends can shape u and how being right is not as important as being wise also u may think keepin [...]

    16. Different and TouchingThis novel is very different from Sara Shepard s other novels I have read every single one It is realistic and deeply emotional It is a wonderful read I would recommend for adults Sara Shepard never disappoints Let s be real The character depth of this novel is good I enjoyed how real they are There is also the underlying mystery that seems to weave through all of her novels It adds so much to this book You do have to pay close attention to the shifts in narration to not [...]

    17. Even though this is by far her most boring book and I didn t know if I could make it through it, I found this her deepest, most compelling novel I did not know she was capable of writing a novel like this that touched on many personal and family issues and She is one of my favorite authors and this book made me respect her even .

    18. So wanted to enjoy this book as a fan of pretty little liars , tried my hardest but couldn t get into it and gave up reading book after chapter 3.

    19. I had a hard time reading this book because it was so depressing But I stopped and then continued later and I guess the second half was the uplifting part or after reading Everything I Never Told You, this just didn t seem so depressing any Well written with realistic characters I would never have expected something this deep and well written from the author of Pretty Little Liars From Booklist Summer Davis, a withdrawn, sensitive adolescent, is devastated when her mother suddenly abandons thei [...]

    20. I have always been able to pick up a book, read the first few pages, and know if I will enjoy the book I read the first few pages of the Visibles and was enthralled I considered buying it immediately, but was in a hurry to jump on a bus to NYC Luckily, I recently got it from the library.The book is complicated It isn t a happy story per say, although I suppose the characters end up better off than they started But it is a book that tackles a lot of unhappy topics depression, abandonment, fear of [...]

    21. I remember when this book came out and I wanted to read it so badly because it sounded like a book with an in depth story that I had never read before I mean, look at that synopsis, it s huge Of course I didn t get it right away For some reason when I find a book I really want to read it usually takes me a few years to actually find it Luckily it was in my library catalogue I should probably check there before the bookstores and after many years finally read it.Well, I wasn t completely disappoi [...]

    22. Young adult novelist Sara Shepard made the jump to adult fiction with her novel The Visibles, a story about a girl named Summer Davis whose life is overtaken by her father s mental illness The Story When The Visibles opens, Summer is a teenager Her mother abandons the family, which includes Summer, her father, and her older brother, and leaves all her belongings in the apartment Not long after Summer s mother s disappearance which both Summer and her father explain as an extended trip rather tha [...]

    23. At times this was the weirdest book, at other times it was great, but afterwards I found it rather forgettable I read this on vacation and sped through it quickly But, being on vacation and all, I didn t review it right away and when it came time to do so I found it a bit difficult to recall what this story was about Summer Davis is growing up in Brooklyn when her mother up and leaves her family and mentally ill husband From there the story moves through time, skipping years and changing locatio [...]

    24. I read this book around 3 years ago and the story has still stuck with me.I was a fan of Shepard s PLL series which I read before it rose to fame by the tv series so when I heard she had something different coming out I rushed at the chance.What I got was a book that ended up helping me in ways I didn t even realize I needed To add to the summary blurb at the top Summer has to endure the heartache that is a family falling apart, all on her own Her other family members are never really present en [...]

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