Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

The Girl Who Could SeeBook Description:
All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?
Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the explainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

My Thoughts
I enjoyed this book.  Fern is a unique girl.  She can see into another world from our world.  Her 'imaginary friend' Tristan has been there for her since she was little.  She can literally see and hear him but no one else can.  For that reason, everyone (except her niece) believes she is crazy.  As time passes, she ages quicker than her 'always there rescuer' but his world also shows itself more often to her.  Tristan tries to warn her that the thing that destroyed his world is coming for hers but she may ignore him a bit too long.
I loved Fern.  She had decided everyone was right and she was crazy.  She was going to make the most of it and that was just how life was going to be.  Tristan was a great character.  He has always protected her and loved her.  As they age the love changes from a protective friend to more but she ignores him so she can be normal in her world.  He lives every day with danger but is determined to keep Fern and her world safe.  There are several 'morals to the story' that you can read into this and I'm sure I missed some of them with just what I saw in myself.  It is a book that will entertain and make you think.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I couldn't put it down and completely enjoyed it.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via Celebrate Lit).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Ashley! <3

    --Kara Swanson

  2. Excellent review! I really enjoyed reading it! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Looking forward to checking it out!