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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Invisible I by Melissa Kantor & Stella Lennon

Title: Invisible I: The Amanda Project
Author: Melissa Kantor & Stella Lennon
ISBN: 9780061742125
Publisher: HarperTeen

"Amanda Valentino changed everything.

Callie Leary has exactly one thing, and one thing only, in common with Nia Rivera and Hal Bennett: They were each chosen by Amanda to be her guide. When Amanda arrived at Endeavor High, she told Callie she moves around a lot and always picks one person to help her navigate the choppy waters of a new school. Why did Amanda lie?

Following a course that they suspect Amanda deliberately plotted, Callie, Nia, and Hal piece together some cryptic clues. But they find more questions than answers and quickly realize that before they canfigure out what happened to Amanda - the girl who changed their lives - they'll need to solve the most important mystery of all: WHO IS AMANDA VALENTINO?
First Lines:

"Why is it that when you don't want to think about something, you can't stop thinking about it? From the second I woke up, the scene Amanda had witnessed at my house yesterday kept playing over and over in my head like some kind of sick YouTube video on repeat."
Page 1

There was something intriguing about the concept of this book. I knew that there was a whole online community related to this story - and that idea sounded really interesting. Plenty of books (usually series) that have websites and have interactive forums and stuff... but this one is the first one I've heard of that the post-reading website is still really inside the story. You're still trying to figure out the mystery! Which, in some respects, is kinda annoying.

As a whole, I enjoyed this book. And I think younger girls are really going to get into it. It's set in the social-craziness of ninth grade, so there's a lot going on. And through all of the social class worries and such, you have this insane mystery of a girl gone missing and leaving a trail of intrigue in her path.

I don't know if it's the old lady in me, but there's something about the character of Amanda that drives me insane. She comes across as super-selfish and uncaring. That was voiced a little in a couple of the characters as well (thankfully), but it's almost as if you're not sure why they care so much about finding her. But again... this is all probably because I'm ancient and have forgotten what friendships were like in high school - always a bit fevered.

All that being said, it was a good book. A fun book. One that I can see girls having a lot of fun with - especially with the whole online experience. The end of the book says there will be another eight books in this series. We're only at the beginning, it seems. I look forward to seeing how the story develops.

Here's the link to the Amanda Project Website.
And check out the author's website as well - I've read a few of her books before and loved them.
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