Review: Invisible by Marnie Bates

Marnie Bates
K-TeenPublication Date: August 1, 2013

From the back cover:

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.

Having never read a Marnie Bates book before, the fun cover and blurb caught my eye and my interest. I expected a cute, humorous story with a few poignant moments, and for the most part, Marnie Bates delivers. Jane is a very relate-able and likeable character. Things begin to spiral out of control very quickly for Jane as she takes a stand and decides that it’s her turn for the limelight. Friendships are tested, feelings are betrayed and romance blossoms between her and her nemesis, Scott, the school newspaper photographer.

All of these things make for a fast-paced fun read, one I enjoyed, but didn’t love. At times, Jane’s personality is grating, she lets her friends treat her like a second class citizen for the entire book, and when she does finally stand up for herself, she backs down far too quickly. In short, she doesn’t grow as a character, and this was probably the most disappointing part of the book for me. Jane and Scott’s like-hate relationship is cute and I really enjoyed some of their banter, but again, their relationship lacked development.

The one thing that saved this book for me was Marnie Bates’ awesome voice. It’s funny, lighthearted, and quirky, and keeps you reading despite the fact that the story is not turning out the way you hoped.



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