What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Transparent is an improbable concoction of mobster tale, science-fiction superpowers, and regular teen-girl problems, from boys and cliques to wardrobe choices. Both the premise and the content may make this better for older kids: Narrator/heroine Fiona O'Connell and her mom are on the run from her crime boss father, and there are undercurrents of violence and danger. Fiona and other characters sometimes use swear words and vulgar language ("s--t," "crap," "douchebag," "balls," "boobs"). But the book promotes courage, resourcefulness, friendship, and loyalty -- as well as unexpected possibilities in a world where many people have superpowers.
What's the story?
In a world that closely resembles ours, a scientific mishap in the '70s unleashed many genetic mutations, which today cause large numbers of people to have unusual powers, from the scary to the silly. Teenage Fiona O'Connell is TRANSPARENT, and her mob boss father has been exploiting her invisibility (and her mother's telekinetic powers) for criminal purposes since she was 5. Now she and her mother have fled the mob and her dad, who's determined to hunt her down. Meanwhile, she's also dealing with being in high school, making the first friends she's ever had, struggling with math, and falling in love.
Is it any good?
The unlikely mix of genres here may seem a bit over the top, but the imaginative premise and the author’s appealing voice deliver for those willing to suspend disbelief and go along for the ride. Aside from a remarkable range of superpowers, the teen characters are dealing with issues that will resonate with many readers, from family dysfunction to social awkwardness to academic struggles.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why the idea of invisibility is so interesting. Does Fiona's description of the up- and downsides of her ability give you a different perspective from what you might have read in other books?
In a world where lots of people have some kind of superpower, would you choose to have one, or not? If you could choose one particular power, what would it be?
How are the lives of Fiona and her friends like the lives of teens you know?
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, High school, Misfits and underdogs|
|Publication date:||May 21, 2013|
|Number of pages:||368|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||13 - 17|
|Available on:||Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), iBooks, Kindle|