The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson book review

”But I don’t want to just survive. I want to live.” – The Girl Who Could See

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Book Synopsis: 

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

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My Review:

WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO END!!! I’m so excited about this review because now you are going to hear me rant, and good lol. I hate when I love a book so much (Yes, I know, that’s very contradictory) because when I sit to write the review, I have all these mixed emotions that don’t let me think straight, like, where am I suppose to start? With Fern? The mystery boy? Gahhhh! Ok. *CALM DOWNNNN*

Anyway, I’m here to tell you to go and grab a copy of this beautiful heart-wrenching book. I feel that when people use the word ”heart-wrenching” they imagine a sad story like the one from the movie ”Hatchi”, but trust me, it’s not like that. It’s a good ”heart-wrenching”. The way Kara developed the story, and the characters are amazing. I was listening to some of her back-stories for the book, and she said that this book is based on her life, in a sense. She was a girl that lived overseas a lot, so she didn’t know quite a fir anywhere. I can see how that relates to the main character, Fern. I also liked that Kara made her characters believable. They could feel the pain, the loss, and they were real humans with real problems, not ”ideal” people that wanted to solve the friend’s problem. I liked how she tackled mental health in her book and portrayed it in a very unique way.

Now the mystery boy. I don’t know why, but this guy gives me Peter Pan vibes. Like in the movie how Peter Pan’s shadow followed the children, in the same way, this guy follows Fern everywhere. Tristan. I really pictured him like Peter Pan in my mind, and I think that made me enjoy the book way more! Eep! The interaction between Tristan and Fern is ridiculously adorable and just perfect in its own unique way. The only ”complaint’ is that I would have loved the book to be longer (But it is a novella soooo)!!!! But seriously, It ended as it should, with a good wrap of everything and the longing to go search for a ”Tristan” from another world.

If by knowing you haven’t been convinced to grab a copy of this book, just think one name again… PETER PANNNNNNN!!

Get your copy of The Girl Who Could See here!


Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 (somewhat descriptive kisses)

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

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