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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 theAll 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....

Title : The Girl Who Could See
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ISBN : 9781542515481
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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The Girl Who Could See Reviews

  • m a r y l i z
    2019-05-22 00:17

    *clutches heart* Can I just say there's a reason the cover is so beautiful?BECAUSE WOW. This novella made me cry. Laugh. Smile. It made me sit and stare at the wall and stroke the cover because it's that kind of a book. The kind that leaves a mark on your very soul and becomes a lasting part of who you are. That's what The Girl Who Could See is to me.//////////////////Okay, you want an actual review? Lovely Things:- EVERYTHING.- All right, but the characters. Fern and Tristan and darling Elinore...I WANT TO SQUEEZE THEM ALL. I loved Fern's character arc, and her adorable relationship with Tristan. (Those. Two. Are. So. Cute.) Tristan is everything I love in a character, with his playful banter and the way he protects Fern. CAN I HAVE HIM PLEASE?? Of course, we can't forget Barstow. He was sarcastic, pessimistic...but also soft-hearted deep down. ;) In short...I loved them all and I want more stories with these charries. <3- The setting. *rubs hands together gleefully* Yessssss. It's set in modern-day Los Angeles, but Fern can see into another world. So basically, it's a form of urban fantasy...a favorite genre of mine. I LOVED IT. *hugs story*- The cover. C'mon, though. Does this need an explanation?- The creativity. Because let's face it: the idea of having an imaginary friend be real? That's kind of genius. WAY TO GO, KARA.- The poignant themes. OMW THIS STORY WAS TOUCHING. I don't know what it was about this story, but it just completely melted my heart. Again, Fern's arc was so well-done. I felt really touched by her journey of overcoming her trauma and fear of being perceived as "abnormal" by the rest of the world. Completely, totally perfect.Not So Lovely Things:- HOW ABOUT NOTHING?- (Actually though, some of the typos/formatting issues bothered me a little. Nothing major, and it's the only thing I wanted to point out. ^_^)////////////////CONTENT: There's a semi-detailed kiss described. (But I actually wasn't bothered at all by it? it felt really sweet and tender and heart-wrenching to me.) Also, some levels of attraction between characters. Fern had traumatic experiences as a child, and her parents were mentioned to have been drug dealers. For those reasons, I would probably recommend this to those 13+.Overall? I'm head-over-heels in love with this novella. It's going right onto my favorites shelf--a high honor indeed for any story. Now all I want to do is go re-read this. IT'S THAT GOOD, FOLKS. <35 stars!

  • Gray Cox
    2019-05-15 02:17

    THIS NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE!!!!!!!I'm going to review this on my blog probably on Wednesday, so I'll post a link then. :D---It's up!

  • Sara
    2019-05-12 02:07

    Fern is the girl who can see. Following an accident aged 8, Fern has been able to see and hear more than most people, including imaginary friend Tristan. But Tristan isn't imaginary, he's from another world. A world destroyed by the Rhoon, who want nothing more than to consume Earth. And the only way to do that is use the connection Fern has...I'm struggling really to come up with any real emotions about this novella, which I think is its biggest downfall. The characters, storyline and writing didn't stand out and lacked any kind of emotional connection. The only character I really liked was Elinor, who we see too briefly. I liked her innocence and love for her aunt. In comparison, I found Fern and Tristan's relationship awkward and clunky. I didn't think they worked well together at all, and I could have done without the relationship entirely. The story itself also seems to jump around without any real sense of direction. One minute Fern is locked up by the FBI, the next minute she's rushing to a hospital after a random phone call to the babysitter. It felt rushed and manic, and didn't flow well. Also, I struggled to get to grips with how these adults suddenly go from not believing Fern and thinking she's insane to believing her a few paragraphs later without any real evidence other than a fleeting glimpse of Tristan.Also, nothing is explained in great detail, especially Tristan's world, which I found frustrating and led me to feeling confused as the story progressed. The conclusion is predictable, and unfortunately for the most part I was bored.I think if this had been longer, and the characters fleshed out more I would have enjoyed this. It had the potential to be a unique story, but the characters let it down.

  • Abigayle Claire
    2019-05-07 03:52

    Once I finally stopped staring at the stunning cover and began reading the book, I was not disappointed! This felt like one of those really cool crazy person TV shows from the very beginning. It's a novella with the end-of-the-world, get-the-FBI-to-listen stuff. With the distinct feeling that the fantasy and 'imaginary' elements were add-ons to a realistic 'real' world, it had the flare of modern Marvel movies. I tend to like that sort of thing when it's well done, so I enjoyed the book from the very beginning. The small amount of jumping around in time was easy to follow. All of the characters had a purpose, became distinct in my mind, and were easy to get attached to even in the span of a novella. So much so that some certain main characters made me cry while reading it and it wasn't even 2am! I thought the blend of fantasy and reality was excellent, as was the blend between gravity and levity. While I can understand wanting more of a story, I found the length of this one to be perfect. Not all novellas fell like a c0mplete and well-rounded story, but this one did. I was thrilled to receive an ARC from this author and look forward to more work from her!

  • JonathanT
    2019-05-06 21:13

    Aaahhhh this was fantastically paced and had me twisting into knots of panic. Character development was great, especially considering that this is only a novella. I was impressed by how the author used backstory to develop Fern. Tristan was also a pretty great character! Also, there's pretty much nothing cliche in this. At all. #win THERE'S REALLY SO MUCH TO LOVE.However, I'm not 100% sure what I think of the concept here. I'm sorta having a mental disconnect? Basically the main idea is that there's this parallel world. The main character is the only person that can see into this parallel world, and a guy (Tristan) from the parallel world shows her a monster that's trying to get through a "rift" and into earth. The storyline follows Fern and Tristan as they try to save the world by closing the "rift" in order to keep the monster out.To be honest, I'm a little confused as to how the idea of a parallel world fits in with a biblical worldview. I'm not saying that it directly /contradicts/, or that the author is promoting ideas that go against Christianity (definitely not), but it still doesn't quite fit. Now I'm just sitting here trying to figure out the theological implications of this parallel world... XD Because of this, I'm not getting whole-heartedly behind the book. I've met Kara, and she's SUPER NICE (:D), and I know she's a Christian, but the book isn't an explicitly Christian one. I did enjoy it, and I know others who did, but I probably won't be recommending it to my entire friends list or anything. XD Content: Mostly just thematic stuff and some violence. It's mostly sci-fi violence though? I'm thinking I'd say this is good for 14+.

  • Bethany A.
    2019-04-22 22:49

    Oh my word.I stayed up until 4 AM reading this, desperate to see how it would end. Sometimes I had to set the book down and take a deep breath before I could keep going because it was SO intense and cut right to the heart (oh the feeeeeels).Fern was so relatable and real, and I ached for her struggles - her "insanity" drew me in from the get-go, and it was a thrill to watch her overcome her trauma and step into her strength. And Tristan!!! So tender and snarky and epic. <3 <3 Elinore was a sweet element, as well. All of them won my heart the moment they appeared on the page. And I loved Barstow; he was fun!The romance took me off guard, in part because I wasn't expecting it, but also in part because it was so powerful despite being very delicately and deftly woven through the story. It was sweet and totally satisfying.The tension didn't let up. I want all the characters to be real. And the ending was superb and perfect. Can I give this story 10 stars?? <3(I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for my honest review. ^_^ )

  • Claire Banschbach
    2019-04-24 04:09

    I'm at like 4.5-5 stars right now. This was super cool and fun! I loved the concept of the imaginary friend who's actually real! I kind of love stories with alternate worlds/realities, and this was fantastic. At first I thought there was no way everything could be resolved with how short the book looked, but it ended up being maybe just the right length. I did want a bit more detail on things, like the science-y stuff, but it works as is. Loved all the characters! Fern was great and I enjoyed seeing her struggle and gradual acceptance of all the "crazy". And the end. <3. Highly recommended! Looking forward to more from this author!

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2019-05-04 02:15

    About this book:“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.”Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- A ‘Thank God’ is said;*Note: A mention of the years Fern was kidnapped that was “like hell”.Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘heck’, a ‘screwed up’, a ‘what the’, and two ‘stupid’; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Pain, Injuries, Diseases, Blood/Bleeding, & Fighting (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of pain, injuries/wounds, stitches, blood/bleeding, fighting, spears/blades, & protecting someone from harm/danger (semi-detailed); Many mentions of a dangerous monster/disease/plague, & deaths (along with flashbacks of that time, up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of when Fern was kidnapped, tested on, & felt pain from it all (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of deaths & murders (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a car accident & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of hallucinations, trauma, & screams; Mentions of drugs, selling crack (Fern’s parents did), & jail-time; Mentions of lies; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of bullies; A couple mentions of terrorists; A couple mentions of rotting flesh; A mention of tattoos. Sexual Content- a boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, Nearness, & Warmth (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Some Noticing; A few mentions of thinking a child (young Fern) was trafficked; A couple mentions of a male friend not being a pervert; A couple mentions of a cute guy & a boyfriend; Some Love, falling/being in love, & the emotions.-Fern Johnson, age 19 1st person P.O.V. of Fern {Sci-fi/Fantasy}200 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- Three StarsOlder High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars I went into this novella not knowing too much. I came out impressed by the very well done first person POV. The whole premise is very interesting. I can definitely see fans of Lisa T. Bergren’s YA series and also Sara Ella’s books enjoying this one. There were some parts I wasn’t a fan of because of some details mentioned, but overall I enjoyed it. I do think some parts could have been expanded on, but it was a very action packed read that had some romance thrown in and a great ending! ;)Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp...*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

  • Victoria Howell
    2019-05-08 21:08

    I enjoyed it. It was creative and I loved the concept. :)

  • Ivie
    2019-05-22 02:00

    The Girl Who Could See was an amazing read. While it was short due to its Novella format, it packed a punch. This id definitely a great book if you're looking for a light read. The fact that it was self-published is what made me want to read it as I want to support more indie-authors. I bought the book in paperback form. The cover is even more stunning in person. The book goes through Fern's life as it is now, along with little specks of things that happened in her past that are eventually revealed in the end. I think I would have liked the book to be longer, but writing a novel is hard work and takes a lot. This author is definitely going places. I can't wait to see what's ahead and what other works she creates.

  • Amber Stokes
    2019-04-27 21:18

    My endorsement for the book! :)Kara Swanson's novella pulses with action and beats with a love that longs to look beyond self. It's a vivid, imaginative story that encourages you to see what the world refuses to accept. An exciting read!—Amber Stokes, author of How a Star Falls*With thanks to the author for providing me with a complimentary e-ARC of the book.*

  • ashley nicole
    2019-05-10 21:07

    Seeing Tristan had never been the nightmare. My desire to be 'normal' was - to become something I was never meant to be. Safe and complacent. To survive, but not to live."There's so much more than that." I saw the raving reviews on here and I was just like "I've got to read this one". First off, I'm not a huge fan of science fiction and this book started off a little rough for me, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it! There are so many great themes about being different, letting go, and sacrificing. Fern really is an astounding girl. I love how the author depicted her, and I love her struggle and growth through this short book.So glad I picked it up!

  • Olivia Rollins
    2019-04-28 01:10

    So this was pure amazingness. Very whoa. Much feels.

  • Victoria Lynn
    2019-05-23 04:05

    review coming soon.

  • Faith/Florid Sword
    2019-05-10 02:14

    So I'd heard quite a bit about this book thanks to many of my friends here on Goodreads, and when it went on sale, I snagged it. Sweet deal - $.99! I started it in the afternoon and read until ten o'clock, when my dad made me go to bed with literally two pages to go. So I got up at 5:30 in the morning to finish it. And it was SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD, y'all. Amazing. Totally worth the hype. Likes:-Fern. She was a very unconventional heroine, and I just loved her so much. She was realistic for all the stuff she'd gone through, and her character arc was nicely done for such a short book. -Tristan. Can I just say that when male leads are well-done, with their own reasons for loving people and fighting and existing, it makes me so happy? Tristan can take care of himself, and he's been protecting Fern since she was a little girl. But she has to learn to come out from under his wing, and he has to learn to let her. -Again: can I just say these character arcs were golden?-I really loved Elinore also. She was the sweetest little thing. -The FBI aspect of it. I've never read that kind of book, and it was really cool. I also liked that Agent [Barstow?] wasn't a bad guy. I feel like this kind of story tends to make the cops bad, and while he isn't a cop, neither he nor his guys are bad.-The pacing. Especially in the second three-quarters of the book. The first quarter was a little off to me. But that's a complaint for a different section.(view spoiler)[Can I just mention the romance? Because it was SO WELL DONE and I loved it with all my heart. And that part when they thought Tristan died? Oh my word. I died too. And let's talk about the ending O_O(hide spoiler)]Dislikes:-Probably that the first quarter was a little bit hard to get into? It wasn't slow, and it was definitely necessary, but I had a little bit of a hard time throwing myself in headfirst.-I noticed a few typos here and there, but for the most part this was a very well-made book, especially since it's self-published :)-I wished it was longer :)4.5 stars. I totally recommend this one. It was amazing and I already want to re-read it.

  • Sarah Grace
    2019-05-09 05:10

    Wow, that was . . . just wow! This book is pretty awesome, ya'll.First things first: THAT COVER! *swoon* I am in love! So gorgeous and so perfectly portrays the story! Simply lovely!While the paranormal\speculative\sci-fi genre is not one I often read, and I have very few favorites, I was immediately drawn into this one! The character of Fern was realistic and relatable (even if you don't still have an imaginary friend. :D) from the very first page. I also love her niece, Elinor. The author did a great job with her character; some people struggle with writing little children, but Kara hit the nail on the head! I could completely picture her adorable little-girl actions and expressions. Super sweet! Tristen was also a great character. I think my favorite character is FBI agent Barstow; sarcastic, and quite crusty, but you find out he does have a heart! And, he's an FBI agent, I mean come on! It doesn't get much cooler. ;)The story was very well done and very believable - I mean, as believable as a story in this genre can be. The little bit of time jumping was well written so as to not be confusing. I struggled a little bit to understand some of the parallel world stuff, but that's probably just me, as my brain does not work that way. The end climax was quite well done and wrapped everything up neatly. The little twist at the end was both surprising, heart-breaking, and very welcome! (Yes, that's contradictory, but you'll just have to read the book yourself!)One thing that I loved in particular was the romance, or should I say, lack there of. It was kept to a bare minimum, which I appreciated. Kara definitely could have made it MUCH more romance, but I am very glad she didn't! It was more of a natural afterthought, than an obtrusion or main storyline. CONTENT NOTE: There is practically no content! A few mentions of a wound and blood, but nothing terribly graphic, the violence was pretty minimal and mostly talked about, not actually portrayed. There was one kiss that went on a bit too long for me, but under the circumstances, it was rather understandable and easily skimmed. Some "thematic elements" may be a bit graphic for younger readers, like (view spoiler)[ a girl being kidnapped and being used for scientific experiments (hide spoiler)], so I would recommend it for ages 14-15+. All in all, very well done! I really enjoyed this book, and there were numerous times I just could. not. put. it. down. Gripping, exciting, and an all round enjoyable read! I will definitely be buying a paperback as soon as this releases! Highly recommended!

  • Emily
    2019-05-14 03:59

    The Girl Who Could See is the story of a young woman whose imaginary friend never left. As an adult with responsibilities, this odd friend is still there for her to talk to. And now that she is older, he is begins to tell her of a deadly danger facing the world that onlu she can stop because she is the only one who can see him. Is he a product of her overactive imagination? Or a real person in dire need of help?The Girl Who Could See is awesome. I could hardly put it down and moved it to my favorites shelf almost immediately. Don't you just love the cover!I love the imaginative story and relatable characters. Fern, the main character, was an intelligent person drowning in the displeasure of the society. She was labeled as "crazy" and sent to psychiatrists for her continuing imaginary friend. She adopted her neice but lived in fear of the child being taken away from her because of her status of being "unstable." These and many other things changed her into a hard, private person. The example that Fern's well-developed character probides gives readers a glimpse into what it is like to be a disabled (is that the right word?) individual in today's culture. It was great and difficult and enlightening to read.The romance in the book almost killed me there at the end. Fern and her love were so beautiful together! I have to applaud the author for bringing out my emotions, ups, downs, and all. I loved The Girl Who Could See, and I have high hopes for Kara's future books and novellas. I highly recommend it to fans of YA fantasy.I recieved a complementary copy of this book from the author. All opinions are entirely my own.

  • Rachel Dodson
    2019-05-10 21:16

    I really enjoyed this novella. It's not my normal genre but I fell in love with it rather quickly. It's different, it's sad, it's romantic, it's witty. It is a whole lot of things wrapped up into one. I could just see how this would play out in a movie (and I sure hope it becomes one). If I could always read speculative fiction as good as this I'd never put it down. I can't wait to let my 12 year old daughter read this. I think she is going to love it. Tristan was my favorite character. He was the perfect hero/love interest. I can't wait to read more by Kara. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even if this genre isn't your favorite and to tweens and teens alike who enjoy hunger games or divergent. I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.

  • Emily
    2019-05-16 21:16

    I recently received an ARC from the author, and this book made me want to laugh and cry in the same breath throughout the entire read. Tristan is a a lovable, sassy, and dependable dork. While Fern is strong, yet falling apart at the seams. One cannot help but love the characters, holding their breath in suspense to the very last moment. It's a testimony to what good tension and developed characters look like. I only wish I could have crawled inside this story and lived there I definitely. My fingers are crossed for prequels and sequels.

  • Hann Remraf
    2019-05-15 03:15

    I totally get why everyone loves this book now. And I, along with everyone else who's read it, it seems, would recommend it, too XD

  • Kara
    2019-05-03 22:07

    my rating is 4.5 :)"They say every child had an imaginary friend. Mine never left." This begins Fern's story and once you start it, it will have you captivated until the very end! Loved Fern's character (I picture her to look like younger version of actress Karen Gillian)! She's taking care of her niece, working hard and TRYING to live a normal life....this tends to be a challenge with her ominous visions and Tristan's constant attempts to get her attention (should she ignore him this time or tell this imaginary person to back off and risk others looking her way with concern?).I TRULY loved her character growth and how she finds the courage to face a childhood trauma leading to much needed answers. I shake my head and rub the bridge of my nose. "There's a whole lot more at stake here than just my happiness, so I'll let the doctors do whatever tests they want and answer any questions they have. But after that we save the world. And then we move on, okay?"Some of my fave parts of the story she faces a monstrous bully, when a certain FBI agent gets a revelation and the imaginary friend becomes more real, loved how the niece trusts Fern, also loved it when Fern realizes her value is beyond being normal and she understands her identity even better.Even though Tristan is also a great character and Fern's best friend, I considered Fern the true hero of the story. She is finally able to use her gifts in ways that matter instead of pretending they don't exist. "I knew what it was like to be trapped by a monster, with no hope of escape-only my demons had worn lab coats instead of a hide of sand. Still, I hated bullies, no matter what shape they came in."Am hoping if there is a sequel that Fern will continue seeing more worlds in trouble beyond Earth and helping them. Swanson is utterly talented in speculative fiction and I look forward to more of her books!I want to thank the author for the review copy provided, all thoughts and comments are my own.Meet Fern!Me: *pulls out faded pad of yellowed paper and pen tucked behind ear*“Alright, Miss Johnson. Let’s get down to business. I have a list of some very important questions. Please answer them all honestly. Shall we get started?”Fern: *nods, gingerly sliding into her seat across the table from me. She smooths out her red skirt, and leans forward.*“Yes, let’s start…”Kara: What did you eat for breakfast?Fern: *Her eyebrows rise* Um…I made eggs, I think. This is your important question?Kara: Do you have a pet? Fern: For most of my life it’s been hard to take care of myself, let alone an animal. But my niece, Elinore, would love a puppy.K: Are you an only child? How many siblings do you have? Are you close or are you estranged?F: I’m actually the middle child of a very large family. Most of my siblings and I aren’t close. Our parents were…disreputable. They didn’t really care what we did, as long as we didn’t draw any attention from the cops, so we all got into a lot of trouble. My sister now has children of her own, but is about as responsible with them as my mother was, so I take care of her daughter—my niece, Elinore.If I ever get married, I’d love to have several kids—but I’d want to love them each and make sure they all feel like they’re seen.K: Do you put both socks on first, or one sock, one shoe?F: Eh—I’m not sure. Don’t really think about it. Probably both socks first. Maybe?K: Do you iron your clothes? Who does your laundry? Do you do it yourself or do you have a maid?F: (Who came up with these questions, again?) I do all my own laundry. *laughs* Wouldn’t a maid be nice…K: Are you married?F: No. Most guys aren’t into the hallucinating-psychotic-and-crazy type.K: Can you explain that?F: I guess it was going to come up at some point. I see things. Things that aren’t really there. Rusted pieces of metal and crumbling buildings and desolate wastelands. But mostly, I see him. Tristan. The blonde imaginary friend who’s been there for nearly as long as I can remember. The young man who’s never left—and is the reason I’m always one step away from a psych ward.K: Do you live in an apartment or a house?F: I share a small apartment with Elinore, my niece, in the less-glamorous side of LA.

  • Catherine Payne
    2019-04-22 21:16

    3.5 starsThis is a hard novella to rate in some ways. The pacing and character development are both exquisite, and that really made the book for me. I read most of it in one sitting, and I felt really emotionally invested in the characters.Can we also take a second to talk about that cover? It's absolutely exquisite, and it captures the book so well. It drew me in right away. Once I opened the book--I read it in paperback, not in ebook because I obviously need that cover gracing my shelf--I was less thrilled by the interior design, which looked a little self-pubbed to the point of being distracting. I also wish it had been copy edited better, as periodic typos and spelling errors jerked me out of the fictional world. (I'm admittedly a grammar snob.) A handful of plot holes and one significant, central point on which I had a hard time suspending disbelief took it down another half-star. However, if you've never struggled to suspend disbelief in a Marvel movie, I don't think you'll have a problem with the plot point I stumbled over.All that said, I'm really glad I read it. It didn't just draw me in--it's a book that will stick with me. Kara Swanson is a very young novelist, and the fact that this is an early book without much professional editing testifies that she has a killer instinct for the pacing and characters--the two most important aspects of her genre. She's going to be a force to be reckoned with in YA fantasy in the years to come. I'm eagerly looking forward to her next project, and I definitely recommend you devote a couple of hours to this one. You'll be glad you did.

  • Annie Twitchell
    2019-05-18 23:03

    I received an ARC of this book from the author.Five stars. The Girl Who Could See is a gripping, enthralling story of Fern, caught in two worlds - her imaginary world and reality. Believed to be insane, she struggles through daily life, work, and taking care of her niece. I got sucked into this novella like I haven't been sucked into a book in a long time. I read half of it in one sitting and the rest as soon as I had enough minutes lined up in a row to be able to finish with it interruption. I could tell a few pages in that I wouldn't want to put this one down. Tearing myself away halfway through wasn't easy. Fern is real; I can still taste her emotions. The pain of seeing what shouldn't be there is raw, vibrant, and aching. I feel as of I, too, am seeing other worlds. Tristan is rich, magnificent, and at the same time he is what I would call an unbearable tease. The story is well-written, well developed, and achingly beautiful. The beauty of this story is deep, and it can take you places where most people are scared to go - and does so with grace, tact, and a peculiar kind of gentleness and right-ness.Highly recommend to young adult readers.

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2019-04-28 20:48

    The Girl Who Could See beautifully blends the genres of fantasy and sci-fi together into a suspenseful read that kept me on the edge of my seat! The deep journeys these characters experience in a short novella is amazing. Perfect for a summer read at the beach.

  • Emily Mundell
    2019-05-03 21:12

    Such a unique and beautiful novella! Fell in love with the two main characters. My only complaint is that it's not a full-length novel! I can't wait for more from Kara Swanson!**UPDATED***Now that the book is (kind of?) releasing itself into the world, I thought I would go into more detail with my review. First off, that cover though. *dies* I don't know how she got such a beautiful thing made for her book, but man, it's such a beautiful thing. The Girl Who Could See is the story of Fern Johnson who has been struggling with visions of her "imaginary friend" and glimpses into his "imaginary world." Things which have been plaguing her since a traumatic childhood incident. People think she's crazy, mentally unstable, she's been to therapy but Tristan, the man in her visions, won't leave. When he shows up begging for her help one day, everything Fern knows takes a dramatic twist with life-changing possibilities. Kara's premise had me hooked from the start. I love what she did with her plot and with her characters. She took a totally "out-there" situation and made it completely believable. Her main characters, Tristan and Fern really endeared themselves to me and I love that she was brave and free enough to indulge in a little humor/sarcasm with them as well, despite the plot's serious undertones. There are not enough awkward characters delivering dry and cynical one-liners, just saying. In the span of a novella, Kara really got me to care about her characters, rooting for them to win (among other, more romantic things). I was totally enthralled the whole story long. My one complaint would be the fact that, as mentioned above, it is only novella length. I wish as a reader that I'd had more time within this world, but that does not at all detract from the story. I think it is fabulous. Great work from Kara Swanson!

  • Terri Rand
    2019-05-16 03:53

    I received an ARC of this book from the author. An immensely good read. Everyone believes Fern is crazy, even she is beginning to believe it. An imaginary friend, two worlds bleeding into one, a scary creature, this story has it all. I really couldn't put this story down. Fern is a young girl with an imaginary friend, caring for her young niece. She comes to life as the story unfurls. Tristan is her imaginary friend, the hero who has seen her through a very tumultuous childhood. The characters are so well done!! The imaginary friend only Fern could see and refused to acknowledge as anything else then a figment of her imagination. The boy who wanted desperately to be recognized as flesh and blood, not an insane vision. The creature intent upon destroying our world. I could not put this book down. Great read for young adult readers and those not so young anymore.

  • Gabriellyn
    2019-05-21 01:53

    DNF because of topics such as human trafficking, abuse, and mature subjects. Really interesting though. Will probably come back in a few years when I am more ready for those subjects. Also, beautiful cover, am I right?

  • Sarah White
    2019-04-22 22:08

    The Girl Who Could See is a fast-paced, emotionally resonant story that combines world-ending stakes with a deeply personal character journey.From the gorgeous cover to the cool sci-fi concept, this book is unique and well-done. The action kept me turning pages while still leaving plenty of room for the main character’s potent internal journey. Fern is an effective, relatable protagonist, and I enjoyed seeing the world(s) through her eyes. The interactions between Kara and Tristan were both potent and adorable, and I love how the relationship pushed Kara to grow in so many ways. Plus, the ending!!! I won’t give anything away, but it was perfect.The only reason I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because it felt rushed at times. The book tackles a big concept with a lot of interconnecting threads, and I would have enjoyed a little more explanation and foreshadowing at certain points.Overall, though, there’s a lot to appreciate about this novella! Kara Swanson is a promising young author, and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for her books in the future!***I received a free ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***

  • Karen
    2019-04-29 21:50

    Intriguingly creative premise, with characters who make me care! The Girl Who Could See is a quick read with heart and dimension (in more ways than one). If you like an element of weird with a romantic undercurrent and characters willing to risk everything, you'll love The Girl Who Could See!

  • Galaxy Adventurer
    2019-05-08 04:55

    The Girl Who Could See, is a very unique and interesting story.Fern is a girl who loves her niece and just wants to have a normal life.That's where Tristan, her 'imaginary' friend, comes in.(And may I say, Tristan is pretty amazing ;)He tells her he needs her help, and that she's the only one who can stop the destruction coming. I really enjoyed the relationships in this book,Fern and Tristan, they are so cute together<3I love how Tristan is so protective of Fern<3Fern and her niece, I loved how protective and loving Fern was with her niece<3Only bad thing I have to say, is that I wish it was longer XDbut I also enjoyed the length and loved it...I'm confusing, I know XDBut that is how I feel about all novellas(and most books).This novella was so amazing, I would definitely recommend it :)Some Wonderful Quotes:What makes you different makes you exceptional, Fern.(Page, 78)"If I'm not broken, then what am I?"Tristan's voice softens. "You're the only one of this planet who is truly whole."(Page, 78)I received an arc from the author.