Riding Invisible – Book Review

Riding Invisible
It’s been awhile since a book review, and since I found this particular book so interesting, I wanted to share “Riding Invisible” by Sandra Alonzo with you.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved “Riding Invisible” and had a hard time putting it down. The story begins with young Yancy running away from home on his horse, Shy, and the journal of his adventure. Yancy also happens to be an illustrator, and his illustrations help put the reader in the mind of an adolescent boy. While the subject matter is serious – abusive brother, parents trying to cope with the brother’s mental illness, homelessness, and more – the book is not morose or depressing. The author clearly writes from the boy’s point of view, seeing all these issues as he sees them.

I would say “Riding Invisible” is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to some of the language and situations. But as an adult, I truly appreciated the child’s perspective, and it made me think about fairness in families when one child’s behavior creates chaos. Perhaps I cared about Yancy so much becasue the character was so well developed. Spoiler alert: in the end it seemed there was hope.

I highly recommend this book. It is a very different read, and one that will leave readers of all ages thinking beyond the pages.

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  1. Thanks so much for linking into the KLBH! We mostly get books for younger readers linked in, so it’s wonderful to have teen books for readers with older children. We really appreciate it. Thanks again!

    • Thanks, Jaymie. With the KLBH getting so big, there should be something for everyone, right? 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting, and see you around the net.

  2. Oh, this sounds like such a great story, albeit with very difficult topics. It sounds like a book that many teenagers could really relate to though – I would have loved this book as a teenager (and probably as an adult too!) Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

    • You are welcome, Renee. And it’s interesting…since I enjoyed this book so much as an adult, it’s hard for me to think about if I would have liked it better as a teenager. I loved Susan Alonzo’s very different approach and the diary-like presentation. I like authors who take a chance.

  3. What a unique sounding book and great that the actual character illustrates throughout the book. Thanks so much for linking it in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    • You are welcome, Julie. Yes, “Riding Invisible” is such a different book, and I really enjoyed it. Kind of felt like I had a little run away from home adventure myself while reading it. Thanks for another great Kid LIt Blog Hop.