June 20, 2013

Invisible by Marni Bates

Title: Invisible
Author: Marni Bates
Pages: 300
Publisher: K-Teen

From goodreads.com:  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.

After reading Decked With Holly last year I knew I wanted to read more from Marni Bates.  When I saw Invisible up on NetGalley I figured it couldn't hurt to try and request it.  (First NetGalley book, yay!)  Jane is really good at flying under the radar, but she doesn't want that anymore.  Her two best friends don't have much time for her lately, what with one being a youtube sensation and the other (secretly) dating the lead singer of the outrageously popular band, the ReadySet.  When she tries to step out of her safe space, she gets assigned an article for the front page of the school paper.  When what they ("accidentally") wind up with is an article outing her best friend and his very famous boyfriend, everything goes to shit.
So, good things: cute newspaper photographer boy! Best friend's celebrity boyfriend! Sister drama!  So many good parts of this story.  Unfortunately I didn't enjoy Invisible as much as I had hoped to.  The premise is there.  I just think I didn't like any of the central characters enough to really get into it, especially Jane.  Her friends treated her like absolute crap the entire book and she just laid down and took it.  I was so frustrated with her the whole time.  Come on, just stand up for yourself!  And Jane's friends.  I feel like we weren't given enough of a reason to want them to stick around.  We're told that they've been BFFs forever, but every time we see them they're so wrapped up in their own drama and are totally rude and dismissive to Jane.  The only character that I really liked was Jane's boss, Mrs. Blake, the kooky bookstore owner.
I do enjoy Bates's writing style and I love that these books are all interconnected in the same universe and I'm very curious to see other aspects of it.  I still definitely plan on checking out Awkward, and she also has a new book coming out in November called Notable that I'm looking forward to

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