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Invisible Emmie Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 7 user ratings
ISBN:0062484931
LANGUAGE:English

" I thought it was just blah. The character never really won my sympathies nor did I hate her. The title is perfect for this book because it's not really bad but it's not good either, it could easily be invisible. However it would probably still appeal to Big Nate/Diary of a Wimpy Kid/Dork Diaries fans or graphic novel readers to cross over to novels, as it is 50% text and 50% comics and little drawings. " said.

"In this novel/graphic novel hybrid, Emmie copes with the confusing world of middle school. She is very shy but loves to draw, and creates an ongoing color cartoon comic at the end of each chapter, featuring an alter-ego named Kate who is popular. The combination of spot ink art with color and the hand-lettered paragraphs of text are somewhat similar to Kinney's popular "Wimpy Kid" character but with a more polished art style. Also, overall this is more low-key than most books in this format, but Emmie seems very realistic - many middle school girls will relate to her. Add to your list of "Wimpy Kid" read-alikes." said.

"Emmie is painfully shy. She scrapes through middle school by keeping her head down and not talking as much as possible, but when a note ends up in the wrong hands, Emmie either has to deal with the fall out or become completely invisible.

This was cute. I like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid-esque narration and the style shift between Emmie and Katie. I think that middle school girls will gravitate towards this for the subject matter, but really I wish more people would pick it up BECAUSE (view spoiler)" said.

"When my 11-year-old finished this, she said, "I don't know if I should think it's good to stand up for yourself, or if people will take your place socially if you do?" So I thought I'd read it.

Right away, the prologue made me uncomfortable with its generalizations about middle-grade literature. I get the point - there aren't as many books about the invisible kids - but I just didn't find it funny.

Otherwise, I thought it was fine, and it was interesting to read a middle-grade book about feeling anxious and shy right after reading about a similar teen girl in Eliza and Her Monsters.

When I finished, I talked with my daughter again, and realized she missed/didn't understand a very important twist near the end. I wonder how many other kids don't catch it.
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"This book is a lot of fun and a great read for those around the middle grades (5-8). It's a good recommendation for those who like Raina Telgemeier.

Here's what I like about this book: I enjoyed the way the author alternates the two different middle school characters with different artwork and text to represent their personalities. Katie, the popular girl, has brighter-than-life, fun illustrations. While, Emmie's chapters feature more subdued colors, less detail, and more text (inner dialogue?). I also enjoyed the surprise conclusion! You'll have to read it to find out.

I have two middle grade daughters and feel that this is a good representation of middle school life. In particular, Emmie reminds me of one of my daughters who also has social anxieties and struggles with fitting in at school. Of course I recommended her read it and she also enjoyed this book. I think this is an inspiring book for kids who feel like they don't quite fit in. I just wish they could all find their voice like Emmie did!
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"I am glad a book like this exists, but holy moly was it difficult to read. At times I read through my fingers (metaphorically speaking) and tied myself up in sympathetic knots of embarrassed agony for Emmie as she goes through her invisible life and then suddenly, in the worst possible middle school way, finds herself visible and exposed. I’m terrible at being able to analyze art, but even I noticed how the sections of the story that Emmie’s classmate Katie tells - Katie who is everything Emmie is not - are in lively colors while Emmie’s were drab and plodding. Which was a nice touch, but also made me deeply skeptical. As I was reading, I was reminded of my own middle school years, different from Emmie, but not all that different in that I HATED them. Years later, after becoming friends (or friendish) with the people who I had assumed were dancing through middle school, it turned out that everyone hated middle school. Everyone. So the sections about Katie had me waiting for the other shoe to drop, which still made me appreciate how things wrapped up, in small triumphs and understanding. Like it’s heroine, Invisible Emmie is a quiet story of quiet triumph that many of us will probably see ourselves in, no matter how long it’s been since our middle school years, or how we felt about them. (I bet you hated them.)" said.

"Emmie is not comfortable in middle school-- she has curly hair, is a late bloomer, and is artistic. She tries to stay under everyone's radar. In alternating chapters, we also meet Kate, who is fabulous, has everyone as a friend, and is everything Emmie is not. Emmie does have one friend, Brianna, but even that relationship is rocky. Her parents are busy, school makes her anxious, and the boy on whom she has a crush, Tyler, asks out Kate! Just when she thinks things can't get any worse, a poem she has written about Tyler falls out of her notebook and picked up by the obnoxious Joseph, and everyone starts to make fun of her. Can Kate help Emmie to stand up for herself?

This book will be immediately popular because of the format. Kate's chapters are in comic strip form, while Emmie's are in Notebook novel form. Not only that, but it is filled with cringe worthy moments, and middle school students all experience some of these, no matter how "popular" they are! Reading about similar things in books makes their own problems seem less severe.

It was interesting that while Emmie felt that her own image left something to be desired, she still refereed to her classmates in unflattering terms like Smelly Kid and Brainiacs (complete with propeller beanies). Kate's depiction is a bit over the top, but we eventually find out why that is. It was nice to see Emmie grow and get over her anxiety, and the character of Tyler was nicely done.

Middle school can be difficult, but it helps if it can be approached with some humor. Invisible Emmie is a great choice for readers who like middle school stories about students struggling to fit in that are combined with pictures. Read alikes for this include Vivat's Frazzled, Wells' Mackenzie Blue, and Barshaw's Ellie McDoodle.

Why do all of the shy, withdrawn middle school characters have to have curly hair, are underdeveloped, and have artistic tendencies? Some variety would be nice. Also not overly wild about Emmie's anxiety. She deals with it better than some characters in books, but middle school is not THAT hard.
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" I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because it starts off really slow (and not great) and then becomes amazing! I like the message in the book that if someone pushes you down you just get back up and keep fighting. " said.

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