review; parallel visions

Title: Parallel Vision (Teen Psychic #1)
Author: Cheryl Rainfeld
Pub. Date: November 20, 2012
Source: Publisher (Thank you, Rain and Sun Press!!)
Summary: Visions can kill you. Would you risk your life to save someone else’s?

Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she’s having an asthma attack. When she “sees” her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her. Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring girl whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger.
Genre: YA, Fiction

Parallel Visions is short. Real short. As in barely-past-short-story. I received an e-copy and it was a mere 60 pages.

Judging from the countless glowing reviews on goodreads, I seem to be in minority with this one, guys. I wanted to like it, but I have multiple issues with the story.

Taking place over the course of three days, Parallel Visions tells the tale of Kate, a teenage girl whose asthma attacks bring on terrible psychic visions. Two startling episodes reveal a classmate’s suicide and her sister’s abuse and with no one else able to witness her visions, it’s up to Kate to save both girls.

Parallel Visions tried to do so much in such a short amount of time. We have a budding romance, deadly asthma attacks, hospital visits, an estranged sister and her abusive husband, a rape victim, bullying, depression and suicide, sexual identity, I could go on. Even with a full-length novel this would be considered overkill.

The story opens with Kate having an attack during gym. When gorgeous Gil rushes off to grab her inhaler, Kate has a vision: a girl who resembles Gil plans to kill herself by swallowing a handful of pills. Kate focuses her concentration and realizes this vision is still three days away. As Gil walks her to the nurse, Kate asks if he knows of a depressed girl and then tells him about the vision. Upon hearing of his sister’s future attempt at suicide, Gil says “Crap. That’s only three days from now.” No shock or mad dash out of school and to his sister.

Kate also has multiple visions of her sister Jenna and sees her suffer through beating after beating. When she tries to ask Jenna about it, Jenna simply shrugs it off and her parents don’t believe Kate actually has visions.

I can see a heartfelt message if I squint a bit: there’s help out there for LGBT teens and abuse victims. However, the writing and pacing are so haphazard it’s hard to make sense of anything.

In the end, everyone is happy, loving life and everyone around them. Gil’s sister no longer wishes to harm herself and Jenna leaves Mason. Gil and Kate are in love and it’s happy ever after for everyone involved. After extremely traumatic bouts of depression/beatings/asthma, the ending was presented so nicely I had a hard time believing it.

Unfortunately, this was not the book for me.


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