Chasing Invisible

Fiction - Drama
306 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2013
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Author Biography

Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children’s Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Julia Alexander is the quiet girl we all know who simply doesn’t know how great she is, no matter how many times you tell her. She’d rather hang out with a few dusty books and her nearest and dearest instead of sitting in a crowded smoky college bar. Unfortunately it is just one of those dark crowded rooms where she meets Chase, an aspiring musician with dreams of stardom. How, you wonder, will Chase and Julie end up anywhere near a relationship? Let’s just say it is a well-crafted story from Karen Pokras Toz.

I’ll admit that I had some hesitation about this story, thinking it’d be another incredibly gorgeous and rich celebrity playing the ‘woe is me’ card during a whirlwind romance filled with jewels and exotic vacations, but I was wrong. Really wrong. The truth of the matter is that "Chasing Invisible" is aptly titled because you feel just how badly Julia just wants to be more than normal, but invisible. Given the current state of the paparazzi it is safe to say Julia would be happy to know she missed the worst of it by a decade. Nevertheless "Chasing Invisible" is an incredible story of getting what you want and having it all blow up in your face. Karen Pokras Toz does a fantastic job of sucking the reader right into Julia’s psyche allowing you more than to peek at her pain. At times her need to be invisible is so visceral that I had to take a few moments away from the story to gather my bearings. With an ending you won’t see coming, Pokras Toz has a winner on her hands with the compelling tale of Julia and Chase.