Chasing Invisible

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
Suddenly thrown into the limelight, Julia's life is no longer her own. Relentlessly followed by the paparazzi, she is forced to make tough decisions about fame, love, family, and relationships. But just how much will Julia have to sacrifice to become invisible... More

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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 76,570
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310420122

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Review by: Katherine Eccleston on March 29, 2014 :
Chasing Invisible by Karen Pokras Toz is a well written contemporary romance. It begins with Julia in college and focused on school. She isn't looking for a boyfriend, but Chase pursues her and they all in love. Chase is offered a record contract and his sudden fame is a little hard on Julia since she is a very private person. But she loves Chase and they marry. The story
gets interesting as they progress through married life and kids and have to deal with the issues of being public figures.
The story really captures the conflict between wanting to be successful and famous but also wanting your private life to be private. It also shows how stress can affect a married couple.
The story was well written and kept my interest. The characters were realistic and well developed.
I didn't understand some of the decisions that Julia made, especially when it came to her children...and that made it hard to relate to her sometimes. I also really didn't like the ending and the decision she made. I can't go into details about the decisions that I
had trouble relating to without writing spoilers.
Overall, this is a good story and it provides an interesting take on the lifestyle of the rich & famous.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: anne ragan on March 29, 2014 :
I had many reactions to this book, and they were all deeply felt. Anger, outrage, sadness were all coming out of me when I finished this book. To the point that I had to explain the entire book to my husband, who doesn't like to read, and even he was confused by the ending. It is unexpected, but not in a good way to be. It goes against the main character's values and actions throughout the entire book. I am only giving it three stars because I feel like the ending was written just for shock value. It didn't match the main character at all. As I was reading the book I was confused as to what the problem was. Each story should have some sort of problem and solution; I was two thirds through the book and I still had no idea what the problem was. It is a slow read with a ridiculous ending.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ann wilson on March 27, 2014 :
I absolutely love the author’s style of writing. I was easily drawn into the store, and never lost interest throughout the book. Julia is a bookworm at heart, and is perfectly content staying home on the weekends, reading and studying, instead of partying. But her friend Robyn convinces her to go out one night to hear a local band, Spectrum, play. The scene was definitely not Julia’s cup of tea, but she did meet the hot lead singer, Chase. They were both attending the same college, and he was easy on the eyes to say the least. But she is focused on her studies, and turns down his advances. Until one day she caves and lets him take her out.

Julia never thought that one date would change her life forever. They quickly fell in love, and Chase is offered a record deal. She stands behind Chase, even though he decides to quit college to pursue his dream. She finishes with school, and they marry shortly thereafter.

For a girl who liked to stay out of the spotlight, Julia will have to learn to adjust real quickly. Her every move, with and without Chase, is always being photographed, and they often make headline news as the All-American Couple. They soon welcome a daughter and then a son into the world, but find it is hard to keep the paparazzi away from them, and all the nasty rumors that seem to make its way to the newspapers.

Julia and Chase find that being in the spotlight 24/7 is not all that it appears to be. They are forever protecting their children, squashing nasty rumors, and trying to make the marriage work with Chase’s ever busy tour schedule. But all good things must come to an end, and hard choices need to be made.

The ending is definitely not what I expected, but it was a nice twist. I greatly enjoyed this book, and look forward to another adult book from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Claire Taylor on March 24, 2014 :
This book is such an emotional rollercoaster, and the ending was perfect for the storyline. It was well written and nicely paced, though I occasionally wished there was a little more detail (but given how many years it spanned it was completely understandable as to why it didn’t). Over all, this was a great read that kept me turning page after page.
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Review by: Alana McKinney on March 22, 2014 :
Oh my word! Chasing Invisible by Karen Toz is an incredible read! Ms. Toz describes the emotions of the main character, Julia Anderson, so accurately that it drew me into the scenes and made me feel true empathy for her. Julia never imagined or desired a life in the spotlight, but when it becomes her reality, she is forced to examine every aspect of her life. I was drawn into the story that covers a large span of Julia’s life, and an unexpected ending left me wondering what I would have done in Julia’s situation.
I do not imagine that there will be a sequel to Chasing Invisible, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more works from Ms. Toz!
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on March 22, 2014 :
I recommend reading this book. The style of writing was new to me, and I almost felt like I was watching a movie. This book covers most of Julia's life. She meets a boy, Chase, in college and they marry, then he gets a recording contract. His musical career takes off. Living in the spotlight, Julia can't grow accustomed to it, and everything she does to try to distance herself from it, makes the spotlight even brighter. I really like the title and how the meaning is cumulated at the very end. This book drew me into Julia's life and caused my emotions to peak and drop as I was reading. I was surprised by some things that happened and have differing opinions as to how Julia handled events. She's a strong character.
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