Invisible Girlby Mary Hanlon Stone
When poor Boston girl Stephanie is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie's Beverly Hills family, she feels anything but home. Her dark complexion and accent stick out like a sore thumb in the golden-hued world of blondes and extravagance. These are girls who seem to live life in fastforward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause. Yet when a new rival moves… See more details below
When poor Boston girl Stephanie is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie's Beverly Hills family, she feels anything but home. Her dark complexion and accent stick out like a sore thumb in the golden-hued world of blondes and extravagance. These are girls who seem to live life in fastforward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause. Yet when a new rival moves to town, threatening Annie's queen-bee status, Stephanie finds herself taking sides in a battle she never even knew existed, and that feeling invisible is a wound that can only be healed by standing up for who she is.
Brilliant newcomer Mary Hanlon Stone delivers a compulsively readable insider's view of growing up in a world where money and privilege don't always glitter.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 257 KB
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
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Mary Hanlon Stone lives in Beverly Hills, California.
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this book was good..not the best but just good..its a fun quick read that took me a day to read....its a page turner at times and the author couldve done alot with it...the end wa sort of dissapointing and lacked amazingness that my favourite book Meagan McGade's guide to the mcgowan boys had....so yeah it wasnt bad but it wasnt amazing it was just good..
This book is a MUST read. Not only did I turn pages so quickly that I finished it with time left to tend to my six month old, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It is the classic tale of the humble, insecure girl becoming a young adolescent exploring grace and dignity while learning how to be herself in a crowd of cliques and "mean girl" peers. Our beloved protagonist is faced with character judgment in a new environment. Who couldn't relate? I found myself identifying with her while having flashbacks of moving to LA from a rural area and trying to fit in and find my way in "the big city". Anyone at any age can relate to this. Let's' face it: we all try to find our way as we walk through new chapters in life. It's life's constant test of character that keeps us genuine and true to our own identity. What a great read for summer - perfect for the beach, plane trip or vacation when we have a bit of time to look at our past and contemplate our future. I look forward to reading Stone's next novel.
Invisible Girl brought me close to my daughter in a way I wouldn't have imagined. My 13 year old daughter is a huge reader and she manages to get early copies of a lot of teen books from a friend's older sister who is a big blogger. A couple of weeks ago, she disappeared into her room with a copy of Invisible Girl and didn't come out until dinner. When I asked her about the book she said she was almost finished with it. I asked her how it was and she said she was loving it, but I "wouldn't get it". When I asked her to elaborate, she rolled her eyes and said, "You just wouldn't understand. You're too old." Ouch! So, the next day, when she went to school I snagged the book from her nightstand and read most of it during lunch at work. I had tears in my eyes in the first chapter and I may be 40(ish) and all, but oh, how I got it. I was Stephanie in middle school, just without the abusive mother. I was the kid who secretly worried she didn't fit in and was never, EVER, going to physically mature. After dinner, I confessed to my daughter that I had taken the book and before she could explode how I violated her privacy, I told her it reminded me so much of myself in middle and high school. We ended up talking for a couple of hours about things we've never talked about. Somehow this book which so touched my daughter, was a passkey into her trust. When she went to bed, I finished it, giddy that just by reading a book, I'd become a better mother.
When a publisher goes so far to say the phrase "brilliant newcomer" in correlation with the author's name, you begin to get high hopes. Well, at least I do. So going into this I was expecting well brilliancy or at the least a compelling, captivating read. Though, while I did somewhat receive that, I felt that Invisible Girl wasn't as nearly as fantastic as it could have been. First, let's start with the aspects I did like; one would be the characters, Stephanie in particular. Stephanie was a girl that you couldn't help but feel the need or want, perhaps, to save. Since, in her short fourteen years of life she's felt more pain and sadness then most people have in a lifetime. From the lack of love her abusive mother shows to the unwillingness from her father to stand up for his own child, Stephanie feels like she's unwanted and that begins her feelings as an invisible girl. It was outright compelling to see her journey as she attempted to find her place in this world apart from her worthless parents. It's an absolute given, in my opinion, to say that I was rooting for her because who wouldn't? Plus, I really enjoyed how Ms. Hanlon made her emotions jump right off the page from the start and become a part of you. While some of her new California friends weren't the greatest out there, a few did manage to shine with one being Amal. Amal is the new girl from the South that quickly falls into the group Stephanie herself had months before, and even though Amal and Stephanie are completely different characters, I still felt that they complemented each other a way that only best friends can. Since through their time as friends, they pulled each other as the other fell down and with that implied they would be there through the good and bad times; something that most don't mind having in a best friend. Sadly enough, the plot wasn't as nearly as great as the characters. Since because of the lack of a fast pace, I had to push myself to get through parts of this. Also I sometimes felt that Invisible Girl was one story that I've heard before. With saying that though, Ms. Stone still contained to shine through her characters and writing, which left this to become a mostly venial problem. The one other aspect that brought this down a couple of grades was the ending. I felt that it anti-climatic and left some key plot points wide open by shoving them aside, which made me somewhat angry. Since, I would have loved to seen more closure. Overall, Invisible Girl is still a stunning book even with the flaws it had. Lastly, it's a book dealing with a very important issue that needs more light, so with that I'll leave you with these last words: READ IT! Grade: B-