Book Reviews

Review: The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

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 unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

–back cover of The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Upon receiving the book I first had two thoughts: I thought that the title was uncreative, but for what the title lacks the cover certainly makes up for–the cover of this book is fantastic and made me excited to read the book.

This novella was a quick read, and overall very enjoyable.

Swanson’s writing style is superb, and it kept me captivated throughout the book. There were several times where I sat down planning to read just one chapter and ended up reading several. That is a sign of a good author, and I think that for a first release she has made an impact.

I adored the main character, Fern. I thought that she was well rounded and relatable. Tristan was a good character too, but I did not find him as charming as many other readers seemed to think.

The plot is where I had an issue with this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good and well thought out plot. It was interesting and very original. It was very rushed though. This novella should have been doubled in length if not tripled. It also read very much so like a first draft–a first draft written by a very talented writer! There weren’t typos or grammar errors or anything like that, but I felt like it was rather rushed and underdeveloped.

Overall though, I really did enjoy this book. I suggest giving it a try because it won’t be a waste of your time. Even if it is underdeveloped, it is full of raw emotion. I expect great things from this author in the future. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Published by Natalie Noel

Natalie Noel

Natalie Noel is a high school student who loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. She learned to read at a young age, and even before she could write she would tell stories and have her parents write down what she would say. Since then she has had two short stories published in Starsongs magazine and has read more books than she can count. Besides reading and writing Natalie enjoys music, theatre, spending time with friends, and giving her giant cat Sassy the attention she demands.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *