Author: Sandra Alonzo
Genre: Teen Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
ISBN-13 Book: 9781423118985
Source: I received a copy for review from the publisher for my book award committee. This is my honest review!
Riding Invisible by Sandra Alonzo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In his family Yancy is invisible. He is the good kid, the perfect one, the one his parents never have to worry about. Beside his brother Will, Yancy is an angel. Will has conduct disorder, and despite the best efforts of his parents and numerous psychologists, no one can control Will. When Will threatens to kill Yancy’s horse Shy, Yancy and Shy take off, hoping to find someplace safe from Will. But you can’t always run from problems this big.
This novel is written in journal format. Yancy tells his story with a combination of journal entries, drawings, and cartoons. The format is very visually appealing and would appeal to reluctant readers because of the great white space and the visual appeal.
The pacing of this novel is well done. The story is told at a moderate pace that never feels rushed or too slow. The ending feels a tad rushed, but at the end you are willing to let that go.
Yancy is a likable character. His home life is a nightmare that he really wants to escape from. His parents spend so much time trying to control their older son that Yancy is completely ignored. When he tells them about Will’s behavior and actions against Shy, they downplay the situation and say Will didn’t mean what he said. While everything is told from Yancy’s point of view you can really see that perhaps his parents have blinders on.
My one complaint about this novel was perhaps the repetition. I got that Will was a bad guy, who couldn’t be trusted, and that Yancy felt like he was invisible. I just kind of felt there could have been more to the novel.
Overall, this is a great pick for the reluctant reader crowd. It is a book with a good kid in a tough situation, who has a great adventure with his horse. I loved the horse!
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