This inspiring novel begins with the readers meeting Alice, as she consults her "Dove Girl," better known as Le Visage de la Paix. The face of peace. And that is what Alice yearns for, a sense of peace and to fit in. In the beginning, she wants a special boy that she connects with. She soon gets that with Simon yet she starts noticing the differences between wanting someone and loving them. As Alice's art comes to life, she finds what it truly means to be the opposite of invisible. In the end, "the opposite of invisible" does not mean being popular or being pretty in the eyes of others. It means to be seen and heard as being beautiful in the eyes of yourself.
I remember, in the beginning of the novel, when she constantly stated of her invisible state, I turned to the cover. I wished that I could see that cover in reality, to run my fingers over the minuscule bumps of the medium and I wished so strongly to tell her how beautiful she was. Inside and out.
Alice, oh boy, Alice is something else, I tell you. She will make you laugh at her energy and cry at her mistakes and misfortunes. She will make you fall in love with her passion and yearn for her discoveries and experiences. But mostly she will inspire you so fiercely to discover yourself, you might as well call her your own Dove Girl. She transforms herself so much to the likes of Picasso's brilliant work, to the softness and quiet beauty, that she sets herself free into the peace.
A most definite 10/10.