Bender’s writing is spectacular in this novel as well as in her others, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. I particularly love her lack of use of quotation marks, which makes you have to read each word carefully and fully understand why everything is said. She also makes it easy to follow, despite there being no quotation marks. I was awestruck by everything in the novel and found it near impossible to put down. It is very hard to find a book quite as interesting as this, and it should be rated a 5/5. An Invisible Sign of My Own is a book I have wanted to read for quite some time, and I regret not picking it up sooner. It is written at about a high school reading level, from grades 9-12, but is not considered young adult, so anyone willing to give it a chance definitely should!
Editor's note: I would call this book a "new adult" read--which is defined as "a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket," and as "fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult--a sort of 'older YA' or 'new adult.'" It also sounds, from the few pages I read after Amy piqued my interested in it, like it would fall into the category of "magical realism," fiction that "incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction." Or maybe it's just quirky! :-)