Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share my thoughts on The Invisibles by Francis Gideon. I got this book via NetGalley for reviewing purposes and I’m always excited to read new content and learn about authors that were unknown for me. Let’s get started, shall we?
My very first thought when I started reading this was, “man, this is a very short book,” then I did some research and found out that there’s this thing called flash fiction and it’s just very short stories where there is still character and plot development. I’m not sure whether this particular story belongs to the “flash fiction” category, but if you know anything about it, let me know in the comments below.
Precisely because of the brevity of the story, the style is super simple. I mean, this writing style is something I would recommend to someone who wants to get into reading but doesn’t enjoy longer, more complex books. Keep in mind that I got an ARC, so there were some grammar mistakes I hope were corrected when the final edition was published.
Now, of course, you know I’m going to talk about stuff I didn’t like about this book, and something that really annoyed me was the way one of the characters, who was black, was physically described. I mean, “a tall guy with dark features”? Really? Couldn’t the author just say “a tall black guy”?
From what I read in my little research, Francis Gideon mostly writes LGBTQ* fiction, and The Invisibles is no exception. It is obvious that Mike, the main character, has feelings for Johnny, his new friend, and as I kept reading I realized this was a “guy-discovers-he’s-gay” kind of story.
I don’t know how I felt about the fact that the author sort of “used” the events of 9/11 as an excuse to make the story more interesting. You see, in the first scene our characters are in the classroom when the principal tells them what just happened to the Twin Towers. The events of September 11th become a topic of conversation for our main character and his love interest, but to me, adding that as a “background” event was totally unnecessary and kind of insensitive.
It had been a while since I read and reviewed a NetGalley ARC, but I promise there are more where this came from. If you have any LGBTQ* suggestions, send them my way because I feel that I’ve been lacking some good queer reads in my life.
Love, Miss Camila