Did you have an imaginary friend when you were little? Have you ever felt like you didn’t quite fit in?
If so, The Girl Who Could See is the perfect book for you.
This was one of the first indie (independent author) books I read, and I’m so glad it was part of my introduction to indie books. Do you see how beautiful the cover is? Yeah, the inside is just as beautiful.
Fern has had an imaginary friend since childhood–only hers didn’t grow away when she grew up. Despite seeing endless professionals and trying every medication out there, Fern is still haunted by Tristan. No one else can see him. She’s even managed to convince herself that he’s not real.
But then things from Tristan’s world start bleeding into her world, and he comes to her with a dire message. Fern has to consider the possibility that he’s not just in her head and that believing him could save the future of her world.
I loved the creativity and freshness of this story. It took a concept that I’ve known my whole life, imaginary friends, and tweaked it to tell a compelling story of courage, faith, and overcoming struggles.
As wonderful as the concept was, though, my absolute favorite thing about this story is the relationship between Fern and the other characters, particularly with her niece and Tristan. Fern’s relationship with her niece, Elinore, is absolutely beautiful, if an unconventional focus for literature.
On top of all that, this story carried an emotional punch and took me by surprise a couple times.
Truly, this is an excellent story, a quirky mix of the real world and fantasy with a healthy dose of imagination and humanity.
Here is the Amazon link for the paperback and ebook.
Have you read The Girl Who Could See? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments :)