Sunday, July 28, 2013

Marni Bates, you will never be Invisible to me.

Book:  Invisible
Author:  Marni Bates
Publisher:  K-Teen
Date:  Available now
Source:  Publisher via Netgalley
My grade:  A

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.

Initial Reaction
Marni Bates, you are the queen of teen chick lit.

Cover Story
I like that they kept the same theme going here, but that picture!  Can you say Home Alone??  Just….no.  If they would change that picture, the cover would be perfect.  The title is very appropriate.

What’s the Story?
This book picks up where Awkward left off, but this book focuses on Jane.  She is one of Mackenzie’s geeky friends who didn’t get a ton of screen time in the first book.  Obviously, based on the title, she is the friend who is invisible.

And herein lies the problem with Jane.  She makes sure that we know how she feels about being invisible because SHE IS CONSTANTLY WHINING ABOUT IT!!!  It took me a long time to warm up to Jane as a character.  I liked Mackenzie almost instantly.  Jane?  Not so much.  I just wanted to kick her in the ass and tell her to put on her big girl panties already!  If you don’t like feeling invisible, then tell your friends how you feel!!!  I eventually started to like her, but it took much longer.

Of course, I really wanted to smack Mackenzie and Corey as well, because they really did treat Jane like she just wasn’t there any more.  I think all of these kids needed to work on some communication issues!  Of course, that’s what makes the book work, right?  I really liked Scott and Logan was adorable in this book.  I even liked Chelsea and I’m looking forward to reading her story in the third book in the series.

This story has the same sort of situations as the first book.  It’s a real comedy of errors with plenty of ridiculous situations and crazy characters.  It follows the same formula as Awkward, but it’s a formula that works!  I found that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and of course, it all works out in the end. 

This book has sealed the deal for me with Marni Bates.  I will definitely be putting her  on my list of author’s that I will always read!  I can’t wait for the third book in this series to come out.

The Soundtrack

Around You by Ingrid Michaelson

Waking Dream by Natalie Walker

That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings

Me by Paula Cole

High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup

The Clique by Good Charlotte

No One by Aly & AJ

The Final Grade
My final grade for this book is an A.  Even though it took me a little longer to warm up to this one, it was still just as fresh and funny as the first one.  Marni Bates, you’ve made me a fan for life!

I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I received no compensation, financial or otherwise, for this review.  Not even a headline in the school paper.

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