The Art of Being Invisible
Anna and the French Kiss meets Stoner & Spaz in a contemporary young adult coming-of-age novel about a girl, her struggles, and her art.
“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.” —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, The Whole Story of Half a Girl
Aiko Cassidy is fifteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small Midwestern town. For most of her young life, Aiko, who has cerebral palsy, has been her mother’s muse. But now, she no longer wants to pose for the figures that have made her mother famous. Aiko works hard on her own dream, becoming a sought-after manga artist with a secret identity. When Aiko’s mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko resists. She’d much rather go to Japan, Manga Capital of the World, where she might be able to finally meet her father, the indigo farmer. When she gets to France, however, a hot waiter with a passion for manga and an interest in Aiko makes her wonder if being invisible is such a great thing after all.
“Anyone who has ever longed to come into their own will love Gadget Girl.”
—Leza Lowitz, author of Jet Black and The Ninja Wind
“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, author of Time Between Us
“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
Suzanne Kamata’s books include Losing Kei; The Beautiful One Has Come, (long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award); and three anthologies. Her short stories and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. She is Fiction Co-editor of literarymama.com and Fiction Editor of Kyoto Journal. Suzanne Kamata lives in Tokushima, Japan with her husband and her bicultural twins.
Young Adult Fiction