Review: The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

    This is actually my second book review done on this blog, and unlike my review of The Hate U Give, it’s not controversial! Yay!!

 Note: All photos in this post are mine, please ask before using them. <3                                          
    (from goodreads): 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.

      When I bought this book I couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail, I mean, with a cover that beautiful there’s no way this book would let me down, right?

Usually this is the part where I say “WRONG” and precede to be a salty book dragon but today I am going to type “RIGHT”, because




Today I am not the girl who's parents didn't love her. Or the women who's crazy. Or the aunt who can't keep a job.

I am the girl who can see what no one else can.

I matter, At least this once.

 “Why would you give up your life from a world that doesn't even believe you exist?"
A cough wracks his body, but his grip on me remains strong.
"Because I believe everyone should have the chance to live.”

(Excuse me while I also post way too many pictures because the cover art is amazing).
 This book was super enjoyable to read!
The characters. Fern, Tristan, Elinor are so precious. *hugs them*
The concept. The whole idea of this book is just SUPER COOL. Before the story starts, Kara Swanson left a note that says that she was inspired by these two sentences to write this story: They say every child had an imaginary friend. Mine never left.
Like, how epic is that whole idea?? AMAZINGLY EPIC, MY FRIENDS.
The themes of friendship and family. Fern’s motherlike/old sister type of relationship with Elinore was amazing, I wish this was portrayed more often in books! I also loved Fern’s and Tristan’s relationship (it was so well written!!).

The aesthetics. I AM A VERY PETTY BOOK DRAGON, so seeing Playlist Script as the font for the beginning of chapters, a beautiful cover, and well-formatted pages, especially from an indie book makes me SO HAPPY.

It felt a bit rushed in some places. I do wish we had more time to get to know the characters a bit more, especially Fern and Elinore. While their relationship was sweet, it was more tell than show in the book, since we didn't get to see them interact a whole bunch.

The date hoping. I HAVE A GOLDFISH BRAIN AND THE MEMORY SPAN OF DORY. That being said, it really confused me at times because this book would switch from present to past tense every other chapter, so I had to go back once or twice because I forgot what day it was and what was happening. 

It felt a little bit unbelievable at times. The FBI scenes and the experimental scenes/flashbacks were great at times, other times though they felt a bit cheesy and stretched.    

-Fern's parents were druggies, and she experienced a lot of neglect in her childhood, which is touched on.  

-Fern was also kidnapped as a young child, and her therapist thinks she was trafficked, although something else is revealed later... *spoilers*

-One kissing scene, but not very detailed.

 One of my cats decided to grace us all by photobombing these pictures... you're welcome. XD  

      Over all, I am in love with this book! And if you have nine dollars to spare go here and do yourself a favor by ordering this amazing book if you haven't already!

Have you read this book? What did you think?
If not, do you plan on it?
Happy Writing,

Also small note: I plan on being at the Texas homeschool conference in Houston in May, so if any of my Texas homeschool readers are planning on being there, let me know! Maybe we could meet up or something. ^_^


  1. *gasps*
    It looks AMAZING! If I had nine dollars to spare.. which I don't... I would definitely buy it! The tenses do sound a bit confusing though, I know what you mean. I have a book that does that as well. The plot, though.. *shakes head in wonder* HOW DO PEOPLE COME UP WITH THESE THINGS?? xD

    1. It is! And that's too bad, but I know how you feel on being broke. XD

      They were a little bit confusing.


    2. I found that the digital version on my kindle is only $4! So hopefully I can get that soon :)

      Yeah, whenever I come up with a good idea, I think to myself "Oh wait.. I didn't come up with that.. I read it a month ago.."

  2. Your cat doesn't look impressed by the book... xP I really want to read it, though! It sounds amazing (and so many blogging people have loved it).

  3. This was a great post until your cat showed up... Then it became an amazing post!!! Seriously, I need to get my hands on this book. Your review only solidifies this fact. Great job!!

  4. THIS BOOK!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
    Your review is spectacular!! I'll even forgive the cat who photobombed because this book and review are epic. XD XD

    It did feel rushed at times, but I think it had to do with the size of the book. Anyway, I'M JUST SO EXCITED YOU LIKE IT!!!

    Have you started The Blood Race yet?

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

    1. YESSS!

      And thank you. XD

      I've semi started it, but life has been busy so I'm probably going to have to re-read the first chapter because I was trying to multi-task...

  5. This book is both beautiful and well-written! I've talked a little with Kara Swanson and she's absolutely amazing and so is her book.
    Love the pictures and the review!

    1. This was sent to spam for some reason???

      So sorry! Blogger publishes spam and doesn't publish actual comments sometimes, GRRRR. :/


      Thank you, and sorry for the delay (if you ever read this...)!

  6. I think I agree with your review 100% :) Except with the rushed part... I like short reads, so I didn't mind being rushed. Also, cheesy doesn't bother me if it's done subtlety ;p But yes, such a pretty cover!!!!


    1. Thank you!

      I'm more of a long reads person, so that's probably why I felt that way. ;D

      The cover is so pretty!

  7. YES I read this book! The cover was what first caught my attention as well, and I was so hoping it'd be good (I could hardly believe it when I saw it was self-published! The cover is amazing. A lot of traditionally-published books don't even have covers this good). I thought the storyline was unique as well, and it fulfilled all my expectations. Glad you enjoyed it!

    1. It's so pretty and eye-catching isn't it?

      It's a gem of a book, that's for sure. Thank you!

  8. Ahh, I need to read this book!! Oh, and you have a beautiful cat. <3

  9. I just order The Girl Who Could See and I'm so excited! It's supposed to be here tomorrow. :D

    1. Oh, yay! Tell me what you think when you read it!! ^_^

  10. I love your blog because there's always something different! I've never even heard of this book, but I'm intrigued - it sounds likes something I would really enjoy! :)


    1. Thank you!

      It's a really enjoyable read, I bet you would like it. :D

  11. Excellent review!
    ...and what a beautiful cat

  12. I have this book on my TBR. Hopefully I'll be able to get to it!

  13. I love your review, as always! I really want to read this book soon. :D

  14. THIS BOOK, OH MY WORD!!! THIS BEAUTY MADE ME CRY!!! Like, almost the ugly, girl cry. It was bad. I love this and now I want to reread it, darn it!

  15. Oooo! This does sound good!!! Nice review, Gray!

  16. Gray! This is SUCH a sweet and incredible review! AND OH MY GOODNESS! Those pictures! Thank you!

    Ps. I'm sorry that it felt a wee bit rushed! It is a pretty small story. However...I do have a hope to write a sequel novella someday told from Tristan's perspective that might help to fill in any gaps ;) Would you enjoy something like that?

    1. Thank you so much, Kara!! Your book was truly genius, I cannot wait to see what you write next!!!

      It was probably just me, I typically like super long books, so I'm not super use to novellas anymore. ;D

      THAT SOUNDS AMAZING! Tristan was awesome, it would be wonderful to get to know him as a character more. <3

      Thanks so much for commenting!


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