- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: GemmaMedia (May 17 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936846381
- ISBN-13: 978-1936846382
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,169,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible Paperback – May 17 2013
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"Gadget Girl is like a Japanese garden whose beauty reveals itself little by little. And the more attentive you are, the greater the beauty revealed. Aiko's journey toward acceptance of her uniqueness, which includes that which the world deems imperfect, is told with subtlety and humor. You are going to enjoy reading this book." - Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World and Disappeared.
""Kamata’s love and intimate knowledge of Paris streets add atmosphere to this smart and surprising coming-of-age story. Readers will feel whisked away by the romance of an artistic life and appreciate the sensitivity and honesty with which Kamata writes about Aiko’s physical and emotional journeys."" --Publishers Weekly
""Originally a novella published in the magazine Cicada and the winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction, Kamata’s latest is a sharp, unusual coming-of-age novel.
For Aiko Cassidy, it’s hard enough sitting at the “invisible” table and dealing with trespassing geeks. It’s harder when her cerebral palsy makes guys notice her in all the wrong ways. Even worse, Aiko’s mother, Laina, uses her as a model for her sculptures. For privacy, Aiko conceals herself in manga; her alter ego, Gadget Girl, can rescue cute guys and tie her shoes. Aiko dreams of traveling to Japan to meet her favorite artists—and, perhaps, her father. When a sculpture of Aiko wins her and Laina a trip to Paris instead, Aiko meets handsome Hervé and discovers a startling view of her family. Kamata writes the intricacies of cerebral palsy—the little maneuvers of cooking, the jerk of an arm betraying emotion—as deftly as Aiko draws or Laina sculpts. Aiko’s awkwardness is palpable, as are her giddy crush and snarky observations. Some points remain realistically unresolved, in keeping with the garden metaphors throughout the book: “You’re not supposed to be able to see the whole thing at once. Most Japanese gardens are revealed little by little....”
Awkwardly and believably, this sensitive novel reveals an artistic teen adapting to family, disability and friendships in all their flawed beauty."" --Kirkus
""Suzanne Kamata has created a memorable character in Aiko, a unique girl balancing the desire to be ordinary and extraordinary. Though she's dealing with some difficult obstacles in her life, her desire is particularly relevant and universal to the adolescent experience. An absorbing tale about adversity, art, love, and the courage to accept one's self and others. A pleasure to read!""
-Veera Hiranandani, author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl and The Night Diary
""Spunky heroine with big dreams? Check! Trip to Paris? Check! Hot French waiter? Check! Gadget Girl has everything a reader like me could wish for, and more. I love this story.""
-Tamara Ireland Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Every Last Word
""Suzanne Kamata beautifully captures the essence of what it feels like when you're learning to be who you already are.""
-Andrea J. Buchanan, author of the multimedia YA title Gift and co-author, The Daring Book for Girls
""Anyone who has ever longed to come into their own will love Gadget Girl.""
-Leza Lowitz, author of Jet Black and the Ninja Windand Up From the Sea
About the Author
Her fiction for young adults also appears in Hunger Mountain and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction - An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press, March 2012) edited by Holly Thompson.
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Other characters, like Whitney who is Aiko's best friend and Herve, a boy Aiko meets in France are very well drawn. I was relieved when Raoul, Aiko's mother's new boyfriend stepped into the story and stayed. The circle of two suddenly became a sturdy triangle.
I loved the trip to Paris and the sightseeing. It was just enough to make me want to pack my bags and return to France, but it wasn’t boring in the least. And I loved Aiko’s continued manga success. The visit to Lourdes was poignant, but it didn’t turn predictable or other-worldly. It was a perfect addition to the story.
I enjoyed the style of this mellow, captivating story. I think teens will love Aiko and cheer for her quiet determination in everything she sets out to do.
I loved Gadget Girl. Once I really got going with the book, it was a real page turner, and I could not put it down. Aiko Cassidy is smart and sassy, and a real inspiration for young artists finding themselves. The story moves along, and Kamata's deft, literary sensibilities craft a riveting yet well-told story.