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Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Summary: Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen year old boy, that is, until one day when he wakes up, and can no longer see himself. Bobby can’t figure out why he turned invisible. Not even his dad, a physicist, can figure it out, though he’s certainly not giving up. So until his dad can explain why Bobby’s invisible, Bobby can’t go to school, he can’t talk to his friends, and he can’t live his life. And then he meets Alicia, a blind girl who Bobby can’t stop himself from talking to, and from trusting. But when someone goes missing, people start to wonder where they are. And Bobby isn’t just missing. He’s invisible.

I recommend this book for anyone over the age of 8, since it might be a little hard to understand.

Clements created a novel with an easily lovable character. While at times I thought Bobby was a bit immature, I saw where he was coming from every time. And, other than that, I loved him as the main character. He was funny, and moody, and expressed all of a teenager’s emotions. One of the things Clements does that made this book so good was that none of the characters were flat; they all had multiple sides to them, be it moody, happy, smart, or sarcastic. Another thing Clements did very well was show Bobby’s relationship with Alicia, a girl who is neither perfect nor disagreeable. He shows how friendship can have its ups and downs, but how the friends always make up in the end.

Also, he did a great job portraying invisibility. When people think of being invisible, they only think of the perks: you can spy on people, you can run around naked, you can skip school, you have this new kind of freedom that everyone seems to want. In this book, Andrew Clements shows the bad side as well. He portrays the lonely side of being invisible, the fact that you cannot do the things you normally do; the comfort of routine is gone. He poses the question, would you really want to just drop off the face of the earth?

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