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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  2,134 Ratings  ·  303 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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Apr 26, 2008 Joe rated it liked it  ·  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
Loveliest Evaris
Apr 08, 2012 Loveliest Evaris rated it really liked it  ·  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
Brian Herrera
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Aug 31, 2011 2CatherineB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 24, 2017 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 26, 2009 Meryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of psycho-thriller movies.
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Chris Kervina
Mar 29, 2011 Chris Kervina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya-books
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
Jan 06, 2009 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
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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
Jun 08, 2014 Bree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Josh Senackerib
Oct 17, 2016 Josh Senackerib rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invisible is about a boy named Dougie and his best friend Andy. Dougie is very shy and awkward but Andy is popular. Dougies parents think he is troubled so they send him to a therapist which Dougie thinks he doesn't need. Throughout the book Dougie is working on a bridge for his train set that his grandfather gave to him. I liked the plot twist and suspense. I didn't like that the beginning was slow moving and boring. I would recommend this book to someone who likes suspense.
Nov 02, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 27, 2016 Angelina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Pete Hatuman is just a flat-out talented writer. I love how real his characters are and how they give you a chance to look at things from perspectives you couldn't consider. Most of all I love the very honest way his characters go about making sense of their lives and the big questions we all consider.
Emory Russo
Oct 04, 2010 Emory Russo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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.
Alexander Harms
Apr 30, 2013 Alexander Harms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jacob Penrith
I really liked invisible because it had a very funny main character. He liked to have fun but was a bit quirky. It has good suspicion to it. Im not too sure very many girls would like it but I would recommend it to all of my friends.
Feb 01, 2013 Prigos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sharmaine Mckeown
Feb 03, 2013 Sharmaine Mckeown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So moving....the ending made me cry :'(
Ariana Shaw-Kerkhoff
For 3rd quarter I read the book “Invisible” by Pete Hautman, the lexile level of this book is 730. This book is about a 17 year old boy named Doug Hanson. He only has one friend, his name is Andy, he is the total opposite of Doug, Andy plays tons of sports and is good at them, has lots of girls that like him, is cute, smart, and has a ton of friends. Doug always seems to get into a lot of trouble for really not doing anything, he could just be standing there and he gets beat up, he also starts f ...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,
Lynda Schmidt
Mostly I found this book disturbing. I almost didnt continue it based on the main character, Doug's, voice in telling the story. I immediately found situations challenging to believe. I opted to finish based on a student sharing that it was "really good" and the reputation of the author. Currently this is shelved in the library as YA but i might opt to raise it to 7/8 based on both specific scenes and overall heaviness of the topic. Not sorry that I read it but definitely a book that I would wan ...more
Mei Rubite
Mar 06, 2017 Mei Rubite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed-books
Never expected that things were like that from the very beginning. Amazing!
Taylor G
Jan 02, 2017 Taylor G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gut Instinct Rating - 3
Story Line - 3
Writing Style - 3
Characters - 4
Excitement Factor - 2.5
Believability for type and topics - 3
Similarity to other books - 5
Cover art - 5
Title Relevance - 5

You may like this book if you like the following sub-genres:
YA Fiction
Mental Illness

Everything about this book was average, and there's not much I can say about a book with only 150 pages without ruining the entire book.

Invisible is the kind of book that isn't good in the beginning, but the ending knocks you off your feet! In the beginning all the author does is explain Doug and and Andy's life. That is kind if boring but when you get into the book it gets better. During the book there is something that I wondered, why do Doug and Andy not talk as much as real best friends talk? I figured out the answer to that towards the ending of the book.
Overall this book was really good. The suspense and mystery towards
James Hipp
May 30, 2014 James Hipp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Austin Landow
My book is ‘Invisible’ by Pete Hautman, on the gateway criteria for how enjoyable the book is for 9th-12th graders, i give it a three. “I’m a quiet kid, pretty much invisible”(Hautman02). This quote obviously shows that this kid is considered a “loser” in school which means that only some kids can relate to this book because not everyone can relate to be being quiet or invisible, but some people can, which is why I rated it in the middle. This also does not mean people who don't relate to this b ...more
Sep 10, 2008 Landon rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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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