Invisible by Jeanne Bannon - Pump Up Your Books Tour - Review
Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that… For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose. Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”. Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too… Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power. A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart.
About Jeanne Bannon
Jeanne Bannon has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. She began her career as a freelance journalist, then worked as an in-house editor for LexisNexis Canada. Jeanne currently works as a freelance editor and writer. Jeanne’s had several short stories published and won first place in the Writes of Caledon Short Story Contest. Her novels, The Barely Boy and Dark Angel were finalists in the 2010 and 2011 Strongest Start Contests. Another of her short stories “Thom’s Journey” is part of an Anthology entitled A Visitor to Sandahl and is available at Amazon.com. Invisible, Jeanne’s debut novel, is about a teenage girl who isn’t happy with herself and wishes she could disappear. And one day she does. Invisible is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and the Solstice Publishing website. When not reading or writing, Jeanne enjoy being with her daughters, Nina and Sara and her husband, David. She’s also the proud mother of two fur babies, a sweet Miniature Schnauzer named Emily and Spencer, a rambunctious tabby, who can be a very bad boy. To learn more about Jeanne, visit her at her website www.jeannebannon.com You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter
My Thoughts: Pros: I fell in love with the characters from page one. Lola and her friend Charlie have bonded throughout the years and have become best friends. They have helped each other survive school through bullying and poor family situations. Lola is large - very tall and slightly overweight, making her a prime target for bullies at her high school. Her family doesn't understand her and the only people she feels comfortable around are Charlie and her Grandma Rose. The relationships between all the characters may sound simple, but they are very complicated and beautifully written. As Lola and Charlie find a way to deal with bullies at school using her ability to disappear, I was a bit disappointed but the after a couple twists and turns it was much better.
Cons: Too short. There were some places that seemed to get glossed over that I wanted to know more about. I wanted to seemore involving Grandma Rose and and definitely more about Charlie. While Charlie seemed to play such a large part in Lola's life, I felt like I never really got to know her.
Overall: It needed a little filling in, but a great story about growing up and learning to love yourself for who you are.
Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!
In celebration of Jeanne Bannon’s new release, she will be appearing at Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16. More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including an one paperback and one e- copy of Invisible! Visit the official party page here!