I read the book Invisible by Pete Hautman In the book there is a kid named Doug Hanson and he isn t the most popular kid in school but it doesn t matter because all he was to do is build his model bridge He hangs out with his best friend Andy Morrow the most popular guy in school and a football star and they share everything they know I liked this book because it was different from everything else I read because everything else is a sports book that I would enjoy being an athlete This book w I read the book Invisible by Pete Hautman In the book there is a kid named Doug Hanson and he isn t the most popular kid in school but it doesn t matter because all he was to do is build his model bridge He hangs out with his best friend Andy Morrow the most popular guy in school and a football star and they share everything they know I liked this book because it was different from everything else I read because everything else is a sports book that I would enjoy being an athlete This book was a good book because I liked how I felt like I was involved The way I felt involved was i felt like I was with the main character the whole time, whenever he was with his best friend or building his bridge I couldn t put the book down because it was such a good read but it was also a short read once I got hooked The book Invisible was interesting when it tugged at different emotions throughout the book with different situations that he was in I recommend reading this book if you loved sitting down and just reading for fun Invisible has a few key characters Doughie is the main one Doughie is considered a nobody having one hobby and one best friend His hobby is building elaborate model trains and his only best friend is Andy Morrow Andy is a popular football star and drama kid nothing at all like Doughie Melissa is another key character, also Doughie s crush Dougie s parents, psychiatrist, and a policeman are other key characters in the book Doughie is considered a freak He gets bullied by other boys and Invisible has a few key characters Doughie is the main one Doughie is considered a nobody having one hobby and one best friend His hobby is building elaborate model trains and his only best friend is Andy Morrow Andy is a popular football star and drama kid nothing at all like Doughie Melissa is another key character, also Doughie s crush Dougie s parents, psychiatrist, and a policeman are other key characters in the book Doughie is considered a freak He gets bullied by other boys and the girls think he is weird with all the innapropriate stares he gives them He doesn t understand why he has to be sent to therapy or why he has to take pills Whenever he mentions Andy or is heard talking to him people give him a wierd look He has a deep fascination with fire and all he can do in art class is repeated versions of his sigil Throughout the story Doughie tries to conceal something that happened to Andy and him at the Tuttle place few years back The story is finally uncovered, and Doughie s life changes forever I think Pete Hautman s audience is teens our age The book has many twisted and disturbing events that at first you won t understand Thats what keeps you flipping the pages forOnce you get to the end you can t stop thinking about the twisty ending Its easy to read, but keeps you involved and thinking I think its a good level for teen girls and boys who like realistic fiction There is a constant theme throughout the book I say its fire Doughie and Andy are always getting in trouble No matter wat they get in trouble for, fire always seems to have part in it Doughie and Andy are inseparable friends who share a morbid interest in fire Simone Weil said Fire destroys that which feeds it Which is exactly what happened to Doughie and Andy You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life Next to Andy Morrow, my best friendI guess you could say that I m not only disturbed, I m obsessedLots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak he gets beat up after school and the girl of his dreams calls him a worm Doug s only refuge is building elaborate model trains in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow Andy is nothing like Doug He s a popular football star who could date any girl in school Despite their differences, Doug and Andy talk about everything except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years backAs Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own world, long buried secrets come to light and the he tries to keep them invisible, the looser his grip on reality becomes In this fierce, disturbing novel, Pete Hautman spins a poignant tale about inner demons, and how far one boy will go to control them This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here spoiler alert SUMMARY The vivid tale of seventeen year old Doug Hanson who trusts only two things the significance of the model train bridge he is building in his basement and the connection between him and his best friend Andy Where Doug is what the gorgeous Melissa Haverman calls a worm, Andy is one of the most popular boys in school a football star who s also successful in drama and on student council When Dougie gets caught peeping on Melissa Haverman, his life begins to get spoiler alert SUMMARY The vivid tale of seventeen year old Doug Hanson who trusts only two things the significance of the model train bridge he is building in his basement and the connection between him and his best friend Andy Where Doug is what the gorgeous Melissa Haverman calls a worm, Andy is one of the most popular boys in school a football star who s also successful in drama and on student council When Dougie gets caught peeping on Melissa Haverman, his life begins to get a littlecomplicated and not even his friendship with Andy seems able to get him through.WHAT I ENJOYED ABOUT THIS BOOK Now this is a masterful YA protagonist voice a narrator who is utterly captivating and distinctive yet who s unreliability creeps into the narrative at precisely correct intervals There is a central mystery or secret within this narrative, one likely legible earlier than I caught it But what s excellent about it is that, once you figure out what s happening, knowledge of the mystery only amplifies the poignancy and urgency of the story It s an artful move to have this twist work on both sides The narrative is captivating enough if you haven t figured it out, yet casts everything in a totally different light once you do Really well crafted I admire the way Hautman captured Doug s OCD aspects as features of his personality as well as what might be considered mental illness Permits a kind of empathy for Doug s situation even as it productively exploits the mental illness aspects for their narrative utility The only reason I didn t give this book 4 or 5 stars is that I really didn t connect to it emotionally I was fascinated and admired Hautman s craftsmanship, yet never really found myself emotionally captivated by the characters or the scenario A tricksy, enthralling page turnerin the best tradition of Rod Serling and Stephen Kingbut it didn t really make me feel a whole lot which I sorta need for the higher ranking This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Possible spoilers ahead Not my favourite book, but it was interesting The plot, and what happened at Tuttle Place, is hella obvious fom the very beginning, which was really aggrivating This story follows Doug who possessivly claims Andy as his best friend, which immediately threw red flags up for me that something is up with him As in, Andy must be dead, faking it, or doesn t exist at all And how Andy never spoke to another character for literally the whole book Only to Doug Also his obse Possible spoilers ahead Not my favourite book, but it was interesting The plot, and what happened at Tuttle Place, is hella obvious fom the very beginning, which was really aggrivating This story follows Doug who possessivly claims Andy as his best friend, which immediately threw red flags up for me that something is up with him As in, Andy must be dead, faking it, or doesn t exist at all And how Andy never spoke to another character for literally the whole book Only to Doug Also his obsession with fire is concerning, so I know fire is a big part of something Doug s father ALSO TALKED LIKE THIS FOR MOST OF THE BOOK I AM NOT SURE WHY LOGIC WHICH IS ALSO DOUG S ARGUMENT FOR EVERYTHING I think that this book is fantastic Throughout the book there is a mysterious feel about the main character I can t remember his name You think that you can predict what is going to happen next, but then the book does the complete opposite The book keeps you guessing and that was what was interesting When i was reading it, I couldn t put it down The flow of the words was just perfect, and there wasn t so much description that made it boring After a while though I wondered what was goin I think that this book is fantastic Throughout the book there is a mysterious feel about the main character I can t remember his name You think that you can predict what is going to happen next, but then the book does the complete opposite The book keeps you guessing and that was what was interesting When i was reading it, I couldn t put it down The flow of the words was just perfect, and there wasn t so much description that made it boring After a while though I wondered what was going to happen The book just talked about the main character s every day life Then in the second or third last chapter, everything changed It was sort of hard to follow along at first but in the end it was very good THis book is perfect for people who are looking for a short book, but a very entertaining one The protagonist of Invisible, Douglas, is a seventeen year old loner who could easily be described as an unreliable narrator Douglas, better known as Doug or sometimes unfortunately Dougie, is obsessed with three things his friendship with his muchpopular best friend Andy, his beautiful classmate Melissa Haverman, who openly hates his guts, and a incredibly intricate model railroad he s building in his basement.Douglas fixation with trains and in particular, model trains are b The protagonist of Invisible, Douglas, is a seventeen year old loner who could easily be described as an unreliable narrator Douglas, better known as Doug or sometimes unfortunately Dougie, is obsessed with three things his friendship with his muchpopular best friend Andy, his beautiful classmate Melissa Haverman, who openly hates his guts, and a incredibly intricate model railroad he s building in his basement.Douglas fixation with trains and in particular, model trains are basically his entire life, his project is all consuming and his mother worries that he s not getting out enough and doesn t have a firm grasp on reality Unfortunately, she s exactly right Doug isn t processing things that happened when he was younger in what anyone would consider a normal way He also has an intense interest in fire and playing with fire, which is never a good sign At school and home, things escalate to the point where Doug finds himselfalone than ever before and quickly running out of options.Doug is an interesting protagonist, with a unique and well developed personality and a very distinct voice His mom and dad are the typical negligent YA parents who don t really seem to acknowledge or care about their kid I found myself wondering early on if Doug s dad was mentally ill too, he yelled at people constantly and didn t seem to have a very good handle on his own behavior I couldn t help but feel empathy for Doug but that said, I didn t really like him all that much Even though the way Melissa treated him was wrong, it s hard to deny that his behavior towards her was outright harassment The scene where he sits on the bleachers on a football field and throws lit matches at a rat scuttling among the trash underneath didn t exactly help me like him.I think it was a good decision for the author to leave Doug s exact diagnosis ambiguous, I feel like he was probably schizophrenic although that s certainly up for debate There were points where he seemed like he might be on the spectrum but his behavior overall didn t seem to add up to that conclusion I think the portrayal of what happens when Doug starts taking his medication again after years of being off it could potentially be problematic, because although I have no doubt that certain anti psychotics have very similar side effects to what Doug experiences in the book, I worry that the horrific portrayal could scare teenagers who read this out of taking psychiatric meds even if they need them.I don t necessarily disagree with the author s decision to portray things the way he did, and I think it could be an important topic for discussion between kids and parents I thought it was particularly messed up that Doug s parents watched their son s medication turn him almost instantaneously into a drugged out zombie, and they didn t even consider getting him put on an less harmful alternative No parents of the year award for them.Overall, Invisible is sad, a little disturbing the author s admittedly compelling portrayal of the main character and his inner demons make it a worthwhile read for both teens and adults who still enjoy a good YA novel I must say that this story was well written and leads the reader through twists and turns that completely alter our way of thinkng I feel that the ending of this tragic book leaves us to interpret this in a way that we ourselves can come to terms with it This is one book that will forever stay with me. Five years ago I read Hautman s Mr Was A student of mine recommended it to me The book was weird andthan a little bit twisted but I enjoyed it Invisible continues the weird twisted trend, but with alinear plotline read mechanical and less likable characters Far less likeable In fact, I d argue that Hautman missed the boat completely with Dougie, the narrator Dougie is clearly a disturbed individual, but Hautman peppers him with cloying asides and quirks that come of Five years ago I read Hautman s Mr Was A student of mine recommended it to me The book was weird andthan a little bit twisted but I enjoyed it Invisible continues the weird twisted trend, but with alinear plotline read mechanical and less likable characters Far less likeable In fact, I d argue that Hautman missed the boat completely with Dougie, the narrator Dougie is clearly a disturbed individual, but Hautman peppers him with cloying asides and quirks that come off as a third rate Christopher Swindon from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time It becomes tiresome.The central concept of Invisible is embarrassingly apparent by page 25 even if you figure it out, don t give up Knowing the twist added to the suspense I constantly wondered how Hautman would tie it all together.He does And he doesn t What saves Invisible from being a wash is Hatuman s pacing it is terrifically unnerving The chapters are short and taut, infused with a sinister edge that is typically unfound in YA novels The book mercilessly bullets toward its denouement and skids to a satisfyingly oblique ending that neither absolves or completely punishes the actions of its characters I ve decided to write a small review in light of the fact I chose to re read this book for my English class s literature circle.Doug is a socially awkward, literal minded middle school student who is basically ignored by everyone but a super popular kid in his own grade named Andy Doug asserts himself when he says that he and Andy are like this crosses fingers.close, I mean Ahem.But there sto Doug s relationship with Andy than meets the eye, and as your read on, you ll find I ve decided to write a small review in light of the fact I chose to re read this book for my English class s literature circle.Doug is a socially awkward, literal minded middle school student who is basically ignored by everyone but a super popular kid in his own grade named Andy Doug asserts himself when he says that he and Andy are like this crosses fingers.close, I mean Ahem.But there sto Doug s relationship with Andy than meets the eye, and as your read on, you ll find that there s something dark and sinister and potentiallylethal he s hidden so far away within himself that even he has forgotten, forgotten about the Tuttle Incident view spoiler Personally, I thought that perhaps Doug was an Aspie, that is, someone with Asperger s Syndrome, because of his inability to communicate with his classmates, his rants on his favorite subjects basically trains, train models, and the Golden Gate Bridge he s making a miniature model of as well as his straight, to the point, and literal minded way of looking at things I also thought that what people saw as symptoms of schizophrenia himthan likely seeing Andy as a hallucination was to me just a case of PTSD from the Tuttle incident, his mind s way of coping with the fact that Andy is dead and gone from his life, or simply just an illusion that Doug sees everyday without having warning bells go off in his head like say, veterans with PTSD would have But to each his own I think this is my own idea, I doubt anyone has interpreted Doug s undeniable mental illness as him being autistic with a dash of PTSD, but this sort of diagnostic thing isn t my forte, plus stuff like this overlaps, doesn t it It s really guessing in my opinion, but whatevers hide spoiler His father screams like a maniac I hate people like that, people who think that JUST BECAUSE YOU SHOUT LIKE THIS YOUR SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT IS AUTOMATICALLY RIGHT RAWR Ahem, Doug s dad never rawred , I just added that for the funsies D Anyways, his mother is scatterbrained, and Doug himself is an obsessive little mite by himself Plus he doesn t take his medication Idiot child You don t ever stop taking your medication Even if it doesharm than good in your stupid, child s opinion Have you done at least 10 years of research and training to be able to perscribe people medication for their problems No Then don t stop taking them I don t care if they make you super sleepy like horse tranquilizers, take them, wait until the next appointment, and then say, Hey quack, these things are shit, fo realz yo I need me something a little lighter, kno what I m sayin WARNING Do not say this Results are 1 10000 that the psychiatrist will actually take you seriously, let alone give you different medicationSo the kid s an idiot, and probably a little loopy, but this is a good book overall I highly recommend for literature circles that focus on Mental Illness as the theme view spoiler And did you guys see how Doug s sigil transformed and morphed as he slowly wentandinsane When I look at the very last one for too long I feel queasy and my eyes go funny I can friggin SEE and FEEL the mental illness Doug is basically oozing out of his pores my eyes are screaming look away, or you ll go crazy too It reminds me of this guy, Louis Wain, who descended into schizophrenia He was an artist and loved to paint kitties This link will show you his descent into madness, and how his artwork reflects the corruption of his senses crazy ass kitties hide spoiler