Review: If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang

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Alice Sun has always felt invisible at her elite Beijing international boarding school, where she’s the only scholarship student among China’s most rich and influential teens. But then she starts uncontrollably turning invisible—actually invisible.
When her parents drop the news that they can no longer afford her tuition, even with the scholarship, Alice hatches a plan to monetize her strange new power—she’ll discover the scandalous secrets her classmates want to know, for a price.
But as the tasks escalate from petty scandals to actual crimes, Alice must decide if it’s worth losing her conscience—or even her life

This book was sent to me by Harper Insider in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

I honestly enjoyed this book so much. I picked up the audiobook (Harper do some great audio!) and it gripped me from the start – I finished it in about 24 hours. The plot was so easy to get caught up in but also focused heavily on these little moments between the two main characters, who I ended up really liking.

The concept of this book was so fun and entertaining but considered some really heavy topics as well, especially as money was such a huge part of the story. It also discusses themes such as racism, class divide, poverty and inequality. There was so much of this book that felt considered and balanced against the entertainment factor.

And everything about this moment is so lovely and so fragile in its loveliness that I’m almost afraid to hold it. 

This had such an interesting magical realism element – although this book is set in the real world and feels like a contemporary, our main character does have the power of invisibility that adds a fantasy layer. I really liked how this was done and it felt really easy to read and easy to fall into as a story.

I liked both of the main characters, and their relationship between us which had an academic enemies to lovers trope. There was little moments between them which I really enjoyed reading, but the only disappointing part was that I didn’t always feel connected to the characters, it did feel intermittent depending on the scene.

Afraid that the spell will break.

Overall, this book was really enjoyable and the concept was so clever. It had such a unique storyline with some great characters and the audiobook was great too.

4 out of 5 stars


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