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Invisible (Smith High) Paperback – June 25, 2013
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Jane Smith has an uncommonly skilled ability to blend in, which, unfortunately, is what she would most like to avoid. Her over-the-top teen problems include two best friends who have become superfamous (online and in real life), while she remains a lowly editor at the school newspaper. She gets a chance to be a star reporter, though, and is challenged with a page-one feature that will knock everyone for a loop. To pull it off, she has to get along with insufferable Scott, her assigned photographer. There’s plenty of friend and relationship drama here for readers who like their angst whipped into a positive froth, and Jane’s identity as dreary “Grammar Girl” offers plenty of introspection, too. A solid follow-up to Awkward (2012). Grades 8-11. --Erin Downey Howerton
"[Bates keeps] the wit dialed up to 11 in a comedy of errors. Constant quips about school, life and current situations will delight readers. Nearly everything works for laughs, but Jane also learns some solid life lessons about bullying and courage, and she teaches some lessons about friendship to her own circle as well." - Kirkus Reviews
"Many girls will identify with Jane's issues...his light story of self-actualization and romance will have wide appeal for lovers of high school rom-coms." - VOYA Reviews
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Jane Smith isn't a name that would strike you right away, and so it's not surprising that she hasn't made much of a mark at all. Her reticence and hesitance, coupled with her shyness, were very relatable. But what Bates really handled best of all was showing how Jane felt completely overshadowed by her much more exuberant best friends, as that was something I went through as well. Even though Jane's story starts out a bit sad, it gets better as she grows into herself and discovers that she wants to be (and can be) so much more than Invisible.
Invisible is a fun, quirky read that I really enjoyed, in spite of not yet having read Awkward (although I have read Decked with Holly, which is just as cute!). It really brought me back to my high school days by telling Jane's story in a way that felt real in spite of not so plausible details (the celebrity aspect in their lives, mostly). The novel's certainly made a mark, and I look forward to reading Awkward and the upcoming Notable.
Jane is a very strong character but allows her insecurities to get the best of her. I enjoyed reading about her and I felt really bad. I liked Scott to. He stayed by Jane and spoke some sense in to her.
When everything began to crumble for Jane, I was really hoping that she will use Scott's advice and begin sticking up for herself. And the last chapter-brilliant! It was perfect and...just right. The last chapters of the book was great also-just what Jane needed.
Out of all of Marni Bates book this was my favorite. My only problem with Marni Bates' book is the price. The price is really high. I understand that everyone needs a profit (the publisher, the author, etc...) but the price doesn't have to be that high. I plan on reading her next novel, Notable and many more from Marni Bates.
Overall this was a great book that will keep your attention. (Even while I was going to sleep I couldn't stop thinking about Jane!)
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