24 July 2010

Out of Sight, Out of Mind; Marilyn Kaye

Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Gifted, #1)Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Freaky Friday with a Mean Girl/Hidden Talents twist: Amanda, the Queen Bee of the Middle School has a problem. If she empathizes with someone, she can actually become that person. In this case, it's Tracey Devon, who has a small vanishing problem of her own.

Take away the fantasy elements and you've got an interesting story about what it is like to be on the outside, looking in at the Queen Bee, and how they might not always be the way you think they are. Amanda has several realizations during her time as Tracey, including the one about how she's actually a bit of a brat to her parents. Tracey's thoughts really only appear in diary form, but I'm guessing that in future books we'll learn more about her.

As far as the fantasy part goes, it's pretty mild. Each of the students in the gifted program has gifts - mind reading, visions, telekinesis, etc. - and Madame helps them to focus on how to appear normal, or control them. Again, as the series moves on I predict that we'll see the class come together to help each other more (as Jenna does here, with both Tracey and Amanda).

ARC provided by publisher.

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