Review: Invisible by Marni Bates

Author: Marni Bates
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: 3 out of 5
Release Date: June 25, 2013

Summary from GoodReads:

Jane Smith has survived three years of high school without making a single enemy, all by keeping a low profile. Not even her three best friends, Kenzie, Corey and Isobel, can say the same. But with Corey dating the lead singer from ReadySet and Kenzie in a relationship too, being invisible tends to be lonely. But now she’s written an article for her school newspaper that has accidentally snagged the attention of some celebrities. Turns out, people get really upset when their innermost secrets are splashed all over the front page. And new her well-ordered life is being blasted to hell, with results that are wildly unexpected.


3 out of 5

My Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised when I first read Awkward by Marni Bates back at the beginning of last year.  It was just so funny!  I’m talking laughing-out-loud-funny at spots, and I can never resist a book that makes me laugh.  So, I’ve been a fan of hers, obviously.  Invisible is her third book, and follows Jane, who we first met in Awkward.

I was so excited to read Jane’s story.  Although I didn’t get to see a ton of Jane in Awkward, what I saw reminded me so much of myself.  And after reading Invisible, yeah, Jane is a lot like me, especially as I was in high school.  She’s kind of shy, and avoids conflict at all costs.  She also feels invisible in her school, and, come on, what high schooler didn’t feel like that at some point?  She doesn’t even say anything when her friends hurt her feelings.  But, sometimes Jane really frustrated me.  Without giving away any spoilers, there was this thing that she wrote, just for herself.  And seriously, what was she thinking!  In today’s world, if she felt the need to write that, then she should have destroyed it immediately.  I thought she was ridiculously careless with that.  Once she wrote it, I knew exactly what was going to happen.  But despite my frustration, I did like Jane despite her carelessness.

So . . . I didn’t really like Scott.  He’s the love interest guy for Jane, but, dude, he was such a jerk.  He did and said some really shady things, but never really apologized for them.  I mean, I could understand where he was coming from, but that doesn’t mean what he said wasn’t hurtful, and when you say hurtful things, you apologize.  I just feel like Bates could have explained Scott’s thoughts a little more, and also help me understand what Jane saw in Scott.  Because I can tell you I would not have been interested in him.  Maybe I’m being a little too harsh on Scott, though.  I can’t say I hated him, really, he just annoyed me.

The story is very predictable, but that kind of thing doesn’t bother me at all, especially with a contemporary teen romance like this.  I don’t mind books being predictable, so that didn’t both me much.  I did like seeing Jane grow throughout the novel, and finally stand up for herself.  I do wish I liked the boy more.  I just wish there were more funny bits.  I don’t think there was any laugh-out-loud moments for me, which would have made me forgive any predictableness in this book.

Bates is pretty young, and I really think that if she could improve her writing a bit, she could be on par with the likes of Meg Cabot.  Invisible is cute and light – perfect for summer.  I didn’t find it as funny as Awkward or Decked with Holly, but it was still enjoyable.  If you liked Bates’ first two books, then give this one a try.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: Invisible by Marni Bates

  1. Candice says:

    I’ve got this one to read and I’m excited about it! Really loved Awkward, but haven’t read Decked with Holly (which I want to!). I totally agree with you about Bates could one day be on par with Meg Cabot; what a great comparison!

  2. I want to check out Awkward now because that was totally me in HS as well!

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