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Invincible by Amy Reed


by Amy Reed

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After surviving terminal cancer, a 17 year old young adult is faced with learning how to change her mindset from the fact her death was at most weeks aways to learning how to live again. On top of that, she has to deal with all the horrors she faced while being on the cancer ward-from seeing her "sick best friend" die to knowing others may not be far behind, she feels disconnected from "the real world". No one seems to realize how hard she is struggling to work to get back to where she had been, just calling it a mircle, which doesn't help.
The one person who seems to help may in fact be doing more harm than good in the long run. But since he seems to be the one person who understands where she is coming from, she is blind to the possible consequences. ( )
  eeminxs | Aug 5, 2016 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales (http://darkfaerietales.com/)

Quick & Dirty: What do you do when you survive from terminal cancer but can’t cope with living?

Opening Sentence: “Let’s go to the cafeteria,” Stella says.

The Review:

Wow, bloody wow. How do I find words to describe this book? It’s touching, heartbreaking and so emotional. Needless to say, I adored it.

As you may already know, I try very hard not to read the synopsis of a book I am reviewing. Purely because I like the not knowing and guessing what will happen as the book progresses. Invincible is told from Evie’s perspective, a teenage girl suffering from cancer, I predicted that she would survive and there would be a love story, which leads us back to the ever popular The Fault In Our Stars. Although I was sort of right, there are zero similarities to TFIOS.

Evie’s friends, family, doctors, even Evie herself have accepted the harsh reality of her cancer and are practically saying their goodbyes in case it’s the last time they see her. Then overnight, the tables turn. Evie is miraculously recovering whereas her fellow hospital friend, Stella, takes a turn for the worst.

For so long, my life was on hold. Now my death is on hold, and it’s just as irritating. What a bizarre thing for life to feel so inconvenient. How unnatural to want to get it over with.

Unlike other illness focused stories, here we see what happens when a terminally ill person recovers, and in this case it’s as mentally and emotionally painful as contracting the disease in the first place.

No one knows what to do with me now that I’m alive. There’s no protocol for how to treat someone who comes back from the dead. There are so many books about grief and loss, about saying good-bye to the people you love. But there is no book about taking back that good-bye.

I loved and hated Evie’s character. She’s survived the worst but she’s wasting her life with alcohol and drugs, and destroying any lasting relationships she has. We can see this is an act of self-guilt and anger at her friend’s loss and because she thinks she’s the cause of it, not to mention that it’s almost as if they swapped places and Stella died in Evie’s place.

At the same time, there’s so much emotional trauma the girl is going through and she’s just not coping with it. I couldn’t help but sympathise, of course she would feel guilty at the miracle she didn’t ask for and doesn’t think she deserves. The writing is amazing, I could feel Evie’s heartache, which is probably why I connected with her character.

My two favourite characters were Stella and Caleb so it saddens me that Stella died early on and we didn’t see much more of Caleb once Evie makes her miraculous discovery. It’s so difficult to describe Stella’s character, she’s adventurous, brave, strong and completely crazy!

She held on to that poor giraffe’s head, screaming bloody murder until her mom finally managed to pull her down, and as she fell to the floor she made one last dramatic proclamation, calling everyone “heartless bloody dickholes.” Parents covered their kids’ ears; her mom swiped her on the side of her face with the back of her hand, and I decided Stella was both the most beautiful and bravest person I had ever seen in my life. She was showing all the fear and fury I felt but could never let out. She wasn’t pretending to be anything she wasn’t.

This is the kind of book that makes you wonder why you haven’t read it before now! Amy Reed is someone to watch out for.

Notable Scene:

“Evie,” he says, his voice cracking. There are tears running down his face. “You keep acting like you’re invincible, but your life is falling apart. I can’t stand around watching you self-destruct. I love you too much. Nobody’s invincible, not even you.”

FTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Invincible. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Aug 26, 2015 |
3.5 (liked it a lot)
I wanted to read Invincible because I am drawn to stories with illnesses and cancer. I started early in my reading life with Lurlene McDaniel and still seek out books with those types of feels. I have also enjoyed Amy's other books, so made sense to request and want to read this one.

I really like how strong she was and how she wanted to keep it together for her family. it's definitely hard seeing her in the position that she had accepted that she was going to die she just wanted to be strong for her family her mom her dad her sister as well as her best friends since kindergarten and her very loyal boyfriend all of which is stuck by her side throughout the whole treatment and diagnosis and spreading of the cancer.

I also like how this book focused on some of the unique types of friendships that you make when you are in a teen cancer ward. Stella and Caleb are two of which that have been by her side caleb has a brain tumor and Stella is also dealing with some chemotherapy and radiation and they've been and at the same time a lot. still is one of the people who tell it like it is and to is raucously funny. we get a lot of the humor from the book from Stella and also when please put on line of her pain meds and her whole view of the world seems to change. Everything becomes funny to her and she knows that there's pain but she just doesn't care about it and the world is painted in this picture of being high I guess is the best way to put it.

When the book begins when you see her in a position where she thought that she was going to die she had accepted it and she had declined further treatment. we know from the synopsis that she is going to get a whole new lease on life but I do appreciate getting to know her while she was in that really hard time in her life. I can't imagine living with a death sentence or with a choice of either giving up or being in extreme pain. with the years for life span in the hospital it feels like the whole world moved on without her and I totally cannot imagine how that would feel or how I would move on.

It was sad the loss that happened before Evie's miracle remission. She thought she was dying and then suddenly all traces are gone. She has a new lease on life, but she is carrying a lot of baggage with her. Between the loss of a friend and the way that she has felt pain, been on the door of death has changed her. She used to be a cheerleader and even while she was sick, she kept the upbeat persona.

There was such a change in her. She didn't know where she fit, and she felt so much differently than she did before. School, cheerleading and prom all seem so meaningless. She turns to her pills and alcohol in order to help dull the pain, first physically and then more and more so emotionally. Her parents, Will, and best friend are all so worried about her. She makes bad decisions, and although I could understand how she was feeling, she really didn't treat any of them well.

While I can see her draw to Marcus, someone who didn't see her go through the cancer, and someone who saw her as strong and tough. It rubbed me wrong because of how Will stuck by her side, and I felt like Evie kept leading Will on, while she was seeing, kissing and emotionally connecting with Marcus.

Honestly this book left her in a pretty bad place, and I felt for her so much. I was worried about how far depressed and uncaring she was.

Bottom Line: Emotional journey of Evie, a cancer patient, now cancer free trying to fit back into a life when she'd already accepted death. ( )
  brandileigh2003 | Mar 28, 2015 |
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Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she'd be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live. All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there's no place for her in it--at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend's constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating. Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he's trouble, but she can't help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It's better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible--but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.… (more)

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