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Publisher's Summary

Solo medalist winner in the young adult category of the 2015 New Apple Book Awards!
Finalist in the 2016 IPNE Book Awards.
In the first of a new series of books, military brat and albino, 13-year old Portia Maddox, has bounced from school to school, always an outsider. So when Denise Laughton, the most popular girl in her class, asks for her help in exchange for an invite to Denise's big birthday party, Portia jumps at the chance to go. But there's a catch: Portia must spy on Randy, Denise's boyfriend, to find out whether he's cheating on her.
Portia's spying, however, unearths a tangled web of duplicity, hidden agendas and family secrets. And when Portia's budding friendship with social outcast Judy and her feelings for Randy conflict with her plans to befriend Denise, Portia must make the hard choices for the good of all.
Parental advisory: contains some strong language.
Debbi Mack is the New York Times best-selling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. In addition, she's a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies. Debbi formerly wrote book reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. She writes screenplays and is interested in filmmaking. Debbi also has a podcast called The Crime Cafe, where she interviews crime fiction, suspense, thriller, and true crime authors.
Debbi enjoys reading, movies, travel, baseball, walking, cats and good espresso - not necessarily in that order.
©2014 Deborah Ellen Mack (P)2017 Deborah Ellen Mack
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4 out of 5 stars
By TinkerMel on 06-28-17

Invisible Me

I really enjoyed this book. it took a a bit for me to really get into it. not to say that is was slow or anything. But, before you know it , BAM, you are totally loving the book.
I really wanted it to go deeper and longer. I was not ready for it to end. I was really glad the writter wrapped it up nicely though.

this is a total YA story, I would say good for pre teens, and teens. though I am in my 30s and liked it.

I was not a huge fan of the narration. It wasn't awful, but i just didn’t think her main voice fit here, but the other voices, where great.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dee on 06-22-17

What an incredible listen!!!

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From the first sentence uttered, I knew this book would be a good one. It did not disappoint. Hearing that first clipped and halting cadence of the narration, my ears perked. It was literary and narrative perfection!!

This story was set in middle school but it never felt that adolescent. I loved the story, the main characters, and the very believable ending. I listened to this book in one sitting and was not happy when it ended.

Loved. It.

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4 out of 5 stars
By DubaiReader on 02-19-18

Friendships.

I enjoyed this Young Adult novel, although I was not a fan of the narration, which was strangely staccato. Once I managed to adjust to this, however, I found I was rooting for the unusual albino lead character, Portia, even though she had a huge chip on her shoulder.

Portia has travelled from school to school all her life, being the daughter of a military man. The added complication of her unusual appearance has left her pretty negative about friendships, she doesn't expect any and doesn't go searching them out.
Her latest move finds her in a fairly typical American secondary school and she is very surprised to be singled out by the most popular girl; to go spying on her boyfriend whom she suspects of cheating on her. In addition, another girl approaches Portia for help with maths.
What follows is an interesting reflection on teenage friendships, with all their complexities, except that this did feel as if it had bit of a - help one another and don't judge - moral attached, which was well presented.

This would be an interesting discussion novel for young adults and I would recommend it for teenage libraries.
The only thing that did seem to be missing was any discussion about the problems of actually being albino; there was no mention of Portia's reaction to light or severe tendency to burn.

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