I apparently gravitate to books that are later in series. Things That Are is book three in the Things Not Seen series...and now I have two more books to read. In my defense, I found Things That Are in a book sale at my library. I grabbed it because it was by Andrew Clements, and I love Andrew Clements. And he didn’t disappoint.
I will summarize. Alicia is blind. She’s been blind for the last four years. Her best friend, Bobby, went through an episode two years previously where one morning he woke up invisible. This is the plot of the first book. Alicia helped him be visible again, and they’ve been close ever since. Alicia is wanting more from their relationship, but before she can talk to him about it, she is approached by another invisible person who can’t change back.
I can’t really call what ensues an adventure, but it does teach Alicia about trust and relationships, and it shows how she copes with anxiety. Alicia wasn’t always blind, and though it’s been several years, she still has to deal daily with the loss of her sight. For the most part, she’s alright. But, in the moments where she feels like the darkness will consume her, she knows how to face it. I really like how Clements handled it. Alicia doesn’t brush her feelings away or ignore them. She acknowledges them and moves forward.
This book is definitely for preteens and younger teenagers. It’s well-written but simple. Nothing really crazy happens, other than people turning invisible - which is an already accepted part of reality in the series. Was I blown away? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Totally worth the ten cents I paid for it.