I was excited to read this book because I found the concept intriguing. Kate has psychic visions when she has an asthma attack and in one of those visions she witnesses her sister's murder. Kate and her friend Gil, who believes her visions are true since she had one about his sister, work together to prevent the violence against her sister. Reading the summary, I was expecting suspense and action, as well as a back story explaining Kate's visions. However, there is no effort to explain how or why Kate gets these visions and the quick pace deflates any suspense. None of the characters' complexities are fully explored, which flattens the story as a whole. Nor does the dialogue bring forth any subtle character traits; instead it is awkward and unrealistic much of the time. With more development, the main character could be memorable, but as it is she is merely likable. I found it difficult to relate because other than her visions, asthma, and love of origami we know nothing about her dreams, other hobbies, or even her favorite subject in school.
The author feels strongly about issues such as domestic violence, homophobia, rape, and asthma. However, she tries to address them all in such a short book that none of those issues really get the exploration they deserve. Domestic violence and asthma get a slightly more in-depth treatment than the other two and I did find myself rooting for her sister to get out of her abusive marriage. Despite three of these issues being of a great personal importance to me, the book failed to elicit much emotion because the writing was rushed and awkward. I had no real investment in these characters and likely would not have finished the book were I not reviewing it.
A new YA fantasy from award-winning author of SCARS and HUNTED Cheryl Rainfield.
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.