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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,677 ratings  ·  252 reviews
You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend....I guess you could say that I'm not only disturbed, I'm obsessed.

Lots 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...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published May 17th 2005)
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Apr 27, 2008 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fast, creepy read
Recommended to Joe by: My mom!
Five years ago I read Hautman's Mr. Was. A student of mine recommended it to me. The book was weird... and more than a little bit twisted... but I enjoyed it.

Invisible continues the weird/twisted trend, but with a more linear 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...more
Brian Herrera
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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...more
Sanjit Chakravarty
"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...more
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Apr 08, 2012 Talyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mental Illness lit circle books
(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's more to Doug's relationship with Andy than meets the eye, and as your read on, you'll find...more
Jun 26, 2009 Meryl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of psycho-thriller movies.
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Chris Kervina
Students have been recommending Hautman's books for years, but it wasn't until this weekend that I finally picked one up. I'm slapping myself that I didn't read his work sooner.

The story is told from the perspective of its narrator, 17 year-old Doug Hanson. Doug lives next door to his best friend, Andy Morrow. The two boys could not be more different: Doug is a model-train obsessed outsider who dreams of a romance with one of the "pretty girls" but can never make himself talk to her; Andy is the...more
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Pardon my language for those of you that take offense to this but: HOLY SHIT... I'm still speechless about how it all ended. It's one of the shortest books I've ever read, but so much happens in it that it's left a great impression on me. For those of you that are in need of a quick and easy read: pick this up. If you're trying to recommend a book to someone who isn't much of a book reading kind of person: this is the exact book for them. I don't blame Doug in the end for what he did to himself,...more
I don't like this book, as I didn't like Godless. Maybe I just don't get it. Douglas MacArthur Hanson is 17 and obsessed with model trains. He's constructed an entire town, Madham, the size of two ping pong tables in his basement. His current project is a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge made of matchsticks. Doug's best - only- friend is Andy Morrow. Doug's parents are/seem as odd as Doug. The question the story poses for me is whether Doug is disturbed, and if so, why? His voice seems too imma...more
James Hipp
My Opinion
This book is a great read for any young reader, one of the best books I’ve ever read. The book had lots of personal connections to me and the book was one like no other. It was a little too short in my opinion and could have used more detail. The ending was too sudden and lacked satisfaction... almost like a cliff hanger. The book was great and honestly, i would read it over and over again. I really connected with it and just couldn't put it down. It is the best book I've ever read. Th...more
Hunter Hansen
Pete Hautman brings us Invisible, a novel of obsession and friendship published in 2005 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Invisible centers around Doug Hanson, the stereotypical weird kid. He spends his days in his basement building model trains, doesn’t talk much, and doesn’t have any friends; except, of course, for Andy Morrow. Andy is a popular footballer and Doug’s best friend, likewise Doug is Andy’s best friend. They can talk about everything, except the incident at the Tuttle place. “Anyway,...more
Zoe Russo
Oh. My. God. Talk about a twist ending.
This is a beautiful (and somewhat frightening) story about friendship that can't be described with words. The sarcastic and popular Andy and the quiet and severely depressed Dougie are both amazing characters. I cried over this book- and I haven't cried over a book in a while. It's a brilliant story.
THE HECK WAS THIS. It was kinda normal in the beginning...but it's like a mix between The Sixth Sense and The Twilight Zone. I wish it was longer, but it was nice that I read it in only a day. Anyway, I recommend this because there's lots of twists, and even though it's so short, the plot and the symbols and everything are great. It's a mystery.
This book is about a certain period in the life of an unsocial boy called Doug who's best friend is the most popular kid in school, Andy. Doug spends most of his free time concentrating on building his imaginary town in the basement. No one except Andy and Doug's parents know about the town. Doug started the town when his grandfather gave him a toy train with tracks. Doug likes this girl in his school, who calls him worm all the time and is disgusted by him. Doug doesn't care about that and he e...more
the ending was what really boggled my mind. Whether it is in Doug's imagination that leads him to smelling burnt plastic and seeing "Madham Burn Unit" or he has died and Madham Hospital is his place of rest is not revealed, and that is driving me crazy!
Alexander Harms
So far the greatest book I have ever read in my entire life. This book had me on the edge of my chair the entire time. I almost cried at the end though. Extremely dramatic twists in this book. Great book! I encourage everyone in Highschool to read this.
Carol Briseno
I loved this book. It was a book assigned to my friend's class and she was supposed to take a test on it. I read it and fell in love after the first page. The cover is what got my attention.

It's been too long since I read it to give you character names but I remember the story like the back of my hand. A boy loses his friend in a fire and feels it's his fault so he unknowingly talks to his friend every day but no one sees him but the boy.

There is so much that happens to him and you just want to...more
Sharmaine Mckeown
So moving....the ending made me cry :'(
Jo Sorrell
Library Journal review:
Seventeen-year-old Dougie takes everything literally, lacks social graces and is a loner, except, perhaps, for his one friend, athletic and popular Andy Morrow. But readers know almost immediately that something tragic has happened in the recent past: ' Andy and I had some bad luck with fires when we were kids. We're more careful now.' Other students feel threatened by Dougie's disturbing behavior and react by targeting him with cruelty and violence, which only serves to e...more
I liked my book Invisible, the book caught my attention and had a very suprising ending. The book showed me two perspectives of to differnt lives, for example the book showed me the life of a teenager who is a nobody and is disliked by alot of people. Also the showed me the teenage life of a very popular kid in high school and i liked this because it showed me the views and differnt changelles that the two kids had to face. The ending also was very interesting because you find out that the main...more
Oct 03, 2008 Landon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Shelves: re-read, q1-2008

Invisible is about a young boy named Douglas McArthur Hanson who spend tireless amounts of energy in his basement working on a recreation of a non-existent town called Madham, which later you find out is an acronym made up of his name and his best friend Andy's name.There relationship is a strange one due to the fact that Andy plays football, is popular, and has loads of friends, and Doug is on the other side of the spectrum since he has no friends other than Andy and does nothing but wor...more
Doug's best friend is Andy: he often finds comfort in having a jock as his next door neighbor and buddy. But life seems to be spiraling downwards for Doug. He's caught peeping at a fellow classmate (he feels she could never see him in the dark), his therapist is starting to ask questions he doesn't want to face and the football players are picking on him (to the point of beating him up). His only comfort is n the model railroad he has, and the bridge he is building (made completely out of matchs...more
Michael Wing
One skill I have learned from all this reading is evaluating books with a student perspective rather than a personal one. This is the case with Pete Haitman's "Invisible." The title is subtly significant since (alliteration) at first the bright obsessive high schooler would rather be invisible than bullied and ridiculed. Several of my students see or experience this each day and would feel Doug Hanson's pain. That's the student part. For my taste, the first person omniscient voice is an effectiv...more
Lukas N.
The book Invisible by Pete Hautman was a really great book that I would recommend to a friend, But is a little inappropriate. The reason why I think it's a great book is because I thought it was really funny and full of action. It's funny because the main character Doug or Dougie is a little perv, like on page 27 when Melisa (the girl of his dreams) asks the teacher “Would you please ask Dougie to stop staring at me?”. And what he does in the Woodland trails about every night is really creepy, P...more
Eva Leger
Jul 13, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a
I'm really surprised at how much I liked this. I checked Invisible out of the library on the recommendation of a librarians helper and once I got it home I really wasn't expecting to finish it, much less like it. My hope fell even lower when it dawned on me (on the first page) that trains are a big part of the book. I have no interest in trains if that needs to be said
So, I have this thing with not finishing books so I always give them my best shot and I'm glad I do because this is worth readin...more
Doug is crazy. Well that’s what everybody thinks. 17-year-old Doug lives in a normal suburban neighborhood, but his mind is somewhere else. Doug doesn’t have many friends his only friend is Andy, the most popular boy in school. They have gone through many experiences together. Many of them are great, but there is one they don’t like to talk about. At the end of the story you find out the horrific details of this terrible experience. Doug has one very weird hobby. His grandfather gave him a model...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Seventeen-year-old Doug Hanson just wants to be alone with his trains. No one understands him except his best friend, Andy. His parents make him see a counselor, which he knows is pointless: Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit. Why? Because I do not need help--it's as simple as that (p. 22). So he doesn't want to make new friends or hang out with the kids at school--does that make him "troubled?" Of course not. But only Andy seems to understa...more
Sharon Medina
The story is about a 17 year old boy named Doug Hanson. He is obsessed with his model train and is building a city in his basement completely out of matches. He scrapes the striker off each match so it won’t ignite. He also has an obsession with matches and fires; which he talks about throughout the book. He tells his story about him and his best friend Andy; next door neighbor. The book took a turn about 3/4ths the way through for an unexpected turn in the plot that I did not see coming which w...more
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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at
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“Is that my ears ringing, or am I screaming?
I am burning and I am blind and I can’t find the stairs and I do not know how to get out of Madham.”
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