Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: Chasing Invisible by Karen Pokras Toz

A moving story of one young woman's struggle to deal with life in the limelight is what you'll find in Chasing Invisible by Karen Pokras Toz.

Julia Alexander is a bookish, shy girl whose plans for the future are tossed in the air when she meets handsome aspiring musician, Chase Bishop. Chase is determined to show Julia how much he cares and eventually wins her heart. But Julia isn't prepared for all that comes with being the wife of a popular rock star. The paparazzi follow her everywhere. The public suddenly wants to know all about Julia Bishop. Everything she does is news. She just wants to be left alone, and the constant attention brings stress to her marriage.

I've read some of Toz's books for children, so I was eager to dive into her first novel for adults. Like in her other books, Toz knows her main character well and lets her take the reins with the storytelling. This allows the reader to truly know Julia and witness the journey through her eyes.

The main challenge I had with this novel is that I couldn't sympathize enough with Julia. I didn't relate well to her, so while there were moments where she became sympathetic, there weren't enough to make her likable to me. The ending also added to my dislike of the character.

That aside, Chasing Invisible is a very emotional story. Julia goes through a lot within the pages of this book. If you're someone who likes a high amount of conflict in a story, this would be ideal. Though this book wasn't my favorite, I would give another of Toz's books for this market a shot.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing (June 12, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989175359
ISBN-13: 978-0989175357

I received an electronic copy of this book from the author's publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This is the 6th book I've read for the following challenge:

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