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Can Sammy get rid of Brent before Brent ruins his life?
on February 24, 2010
Synopsis: Sammy Jacobs wishes he were invisible because his parents never seem to want to spend any time with him. Sammy's parents, who are scientists, always admire and praise Sammy's brother Simon, because Simon has a very serious personality, and is interested in science and school activities. Sammy is a science fiction freak and loves anything that has aliens in it. Therefore, when he finds his bedroom window open, his homework scattered on the floor, and finds himself tripping over "nothing", Sammy begins to feel that something strange is going on.
When his friend Roxanne Johnson comes to visit Sammy, she suggests they do their class report on the ghost of Hedge House, a house that is supposed to be haunted. Roxanne suggests going to the house and videotaping the ghost for their report. Sammy soon realizes that there is either a ghost or an invisible person by the name of "Brent Green" in his room.
At first, Sammy thinks that having an invisible friend would be cool, but later he finds out that Brent is ruining his life. When he asks Brent to appear in front of Roxanne, Brent doesn't show up, and Roxanne decides to tell everyone in school about Sammy's make believe friend, making him a laughing stock. Things go from bad to worse at home, when Brent creates a mess out of Sammy's room and eats half the food at home, placing all the blame on Sammy. Brent also ruins Sammy's chance at the track race, making all the students hate him, and an incident in the library makes the librarian think that Sammy is crazy.
Can Sammy figure out a way to get rid of Brent, especially when he starts to think that Brent could be dangerous?
Review: I did not think that this book was as good as others in the series. For one thing, there is no explanation given as to why Brent decides to choose Sammy as a best friend over everyone else. He just suddenly appears in Sammy's life and no explanation is given as to why. Secondly, the story starts to repeat itself though the book as Brent ruins Sammy's life in different situations without Sammy doing anything about it.
However, this is not to say that the book is extremely bad. I thoroughly enjoyed the part where Roxanne and Sammy go to Hedge House and Roxanne gets terrified. I felt this was a good payback for what she did to Sammy. The ending also had a complete twist that I did not see coming at all. It is because of the ending that I gave this review more stars than I had intended to.
Overall, I feel like if Stine had been able to give a detailed explanation of the history behind Brent's character, I would have enjoyed this book more. So, even though this is not one of the better Goosebumps books, if you hare a fan of the series, you can take a look at it.