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Invisible Ellen

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  982 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
In the bestselling tradition of Jennifer Weiner, a clever, funny yet poignant novel about the friendship between two absolutely unforgettable women.

“Shattuck delivers strong, well-balanced characters and clever dialogue, making this both a fun read and a satisfying story of personal transformation.”

For many of us, there comes a moment when we wish we were invisibl
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 29th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Feb 26, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
I'll be honest... when I first *heard* about this book I was worried it was going to be one of those chick-lit novels where the heroine's issues are ridiculously superficial, trite, and easily overcome. (As a plus-sized woman, I'm always suspicious of novels with overweight protagonists that seem to end with "and she got skinny, then got self-esteem, and lived happily ever after".) Luckily, this is an entirely different/better kind of novel. Ellen has real challenges and is an interesting, ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
INVISIBLE ELLEN is so many things. It is funny and sometimes very sad, but it is also a really awesome read. Shari Shattuck's writing is very descriptive and it made me feel as if I were right there, feeling everything Ellen was going through. Shari does a great job with all the characters and allows the reader to get inside their heads and hearts. I found myself cheering for Ellen and Temerity as well as all the other characters that pull on your heart strings. INVISIBLE ELLEN will inspire hope ...more
D. George
May 24, 2014 D. George rated it it was amazing
I actually finished reading this book a few days ago, but I put off writing a review because I feel like nothing I say will do it justice, nor do I want to give away the story... So I'll do my very best on all accounts...

Our main character, Ellen, has spent her 24 years trying - and succeeding - in becoming invisible, because being seen means being hurt. She works nights as a cleaner at Costco, and spends her days sleeping. She has no friends, and she likes it that way. She curbs her anxiety by
Invisible Ellen is such a good book! It's funny, witty, adventurous, heartfelt, a little sad, but very real. Ellen Homes lives on the sidelines and she does so on purpose. It helps her stay invisible. If people don't notice her, they can't hurt her. But an impulsive decision to do a good deed one day changes everything. For a few minutes, Ellen was a participant in life and she "felt" something. I am not going to say anything more about the storyline because I refuse to spoil the fun, but this w ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Dianne rated it liked it
Ellen Homes is 24 years old. She works nights on a cleaning crew at Costco. She lives alone with her cat in a tiny one room apartment in a bad neighborhood overrun by gangs and drug dealing. When Ellen isn't working, sleeping or eating junk food, she spies on her neighbors, who she considers her "pets." She has no social interaction with anyone - no family, no friends. In fact, Ellen considers herself invisible and that's the way she wants it. Physically and mentally scarred by an abusive parent ...more
Man sagt ja, dass man ein Buch nicht nach seinem Einband beurteilen sollte und dennoch habe ich mich hier von dem hübschen Cover verleiten lassen. Ich wollte dieses Buch so gerne mögen! Die Geschichte hörte sich auch wirklich verheißungsvoll an und auch die Bewertungen waren nicht schlecht, aber es hat für mich einfach nicht funktioniert.

Bei der Protagonistin handelt es sich um die übergewichtige Ellen, die sich selbst für unsichtbar hält, keinerlei sozialen Kontakte hat und deren einziges Hobb
Sep 22, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok
I wasn't sure what sort of book this was. It is about female friendship, but between two very odd and unlikely sources. The main character, Ellen is "invisible." She decides to keep herself hidden by being very discreet and a background player. Yet she has some sort of heroic persona because she suddenly decides to stop a mugging of the second main character, Teremity. Teremity is blind and lives with her seeing twin brother. The book is essentially about Ellen's habit of being a creeper. For ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Rebekah rated it did not like it
Ugh. There are two main characters, Ellen & Temerity. Ellen is "invisible" because she basically has no self esteem, since she grew up in foster care and is larger. I have a hard time believing anyone whose favorite meal is bacon with white bread and has no taste for vegetables is "invisible". She may feel that way, but people I'm sure see her even if she chooses to not acknowledge it.

The other main character, Temerity is blind. Every joke she makes has the same basic punchline "See? cause
Amber Garabrandt
Apr 20, 2014 Amber Garabrandt rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for a myriad of reasons, not the least being that it is not your normal "fat-girl becomes skinny and gains confidence because she is now socially acceptable" story. Our main character, Ellen has real and deep rooted problems that have made her an observer of life, never really wanting to be part of it. Meeting and helping a blind woman is her first step to being part of the real world, or "visible" as Ellen sees things. Temerity doesn't care about Ellen's scars or weight, that ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Booklunatic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Sterne

Manchmal waren die Lösungen für die Probleme der diversen Figuren vielleicht etwas zu simpel gestrickt, aber in einem unterhaltsamen Feel Good-Roman ist das ja durchaus erlaubt. ;)
Aug 31, 2014 A. rated it really liked it
I don't know how Shari Shattuck got her perspective, but she succeeded where Shriver (Big Brother) failed. After having finished Big Brother, in fact, if I had remembered why Invisible Ellen was on my list, I might have passed.

I'm glad I didn't.

This is a book about a woman who has spent the first couple decades of her life perfecting the art of being invisible to other people. Between the way she walks, her posture, the way she smooths hair over her face, stays in corners, etc., she has essentia
Jan 15, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
"Dieses Buch ist für alle, die je das Gefühl hatten, nicht zu zählen.
Du zählst...."

Was erwartet man, wenn ein Buch mit so einer Widmung beginnt? Kitsch? Schmalz? Große Gefühle? Oder doch vielleicht eine echte, ehrliche Geschichte über eine Außenseiterin, die niemand sieht und die gar nicht mehr gesehen werden will?

Ich habe das Buch in den letzten Tagen gelesen und jedes Wort genossen.
Die beiden Hauptfiguren sind so unglaublich symphatisch und dabei auch so echt, dass man gar nicht anders kann
Jun 09, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it
This is the kind of book that has the capacity to do for its readers what it's done for its characters: Inspire hope to overcome and to change your situation; unleash the potential to be kind to a complete stranger; spark action to connect with others and help improve others' lives if at all possible.

At times Ellen's story felt a bit over-the-top (Temerity, while I really do love her spunky, can-do attitude, is a bit too perfect even though she does need to ask for help "seeing" certain things).
Sep 05, 2015 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, 5-stars
Ich kann nur sagen: Das Buch ist wunderbar! Von der ersten Seite an war ich irgendwie im Bann der Geschichte, die mich bis zur letzten Seite nicht mehr losgelassen hat...
Das Buch ist neben einem wunderschönen Cover nicht nur lustig, sondern erzählt von der unsichtbaren Ellen, die nach dem Treffen mit Temerity im Bus beginnt sich der Welt wieder zu zeigen und selbst mehr zu leben.
Als "normaler Mensch" ist sie gar nicht nachvollziehbar, wird mit ihrem Drang zu helfen und das Richtige zu tun wann i
Rob Dire
Mar 20, 2014 Rob Dire rated it it was amazing
At first, I thought this book was a bit of a departure from Shari Shattuck's other works, as it is not an action or supernatural novel. As I got into it, I quickly realized that this book is an amazing showcase of Shari's ability to bring characters to life and really allow the reader to get inside their heads. Her knack for understanding people from all walks of life and making them completely believable and multi-dimensional to the reader is amazing. This book never gets too heavy, nor does it ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
What a gorgeous gem of a book! This novel will touch all readers who have ever felt ignored or downright invisible. Ellen has a wry sense of humor, as well as a unique take on the world and its inhabitants. Watching her come out of her shell and reach out to others is both inspirational and encouraging.
Ellen’s upbringing and physical appearance have made her shy away from people to the point where she has become almost like part of the scenery. No one sees her, no one talks to her. Ellen works h
Sep 14, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
I loved this fun book! Ellen, orphaned and overweight, has spent her life trying to be invisible. While watching a blind woman getting mugged, Ellen trips the muggers and rescues a purse. By this one act of courage, Ellen realizes life is worth joining. Such great characters and I was really rooting for all of them. Great motivation for getting involved.
Sep 04, 2014 Mia rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-books
Just too too much. Too cutesy, too sweet, too easy, just too much. Plus I hate books where the main character is overweight and then the author has to have them eat constantly and always think about food... I realize that Ellen eats to suppress her feelings but there was just too many ridiculous food combos and scenes with binge eating.
Jul 23, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
Another 4-star book that was just ok for me. Is it me? I liked the premise of the book, but there was no subtlety and the message felt like it was being repeatedly pounded into my head. I found myself wondering if this was a young adult book....? Moving right along...
Jul 20, 2015 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe schon lange kein so gutes Buch mehr gelesen! witzig, fesselnd, macht aber auch nachdenklich.
Aug 19, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
Chick lit. Fluffy nonsense. Ridiculous over the top antics, feel good silver lining characters.... everything I hate in a novel.
Sep 20, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
Very different book. Very uplifting. Very easy read. Thank you Ellen!
Arlene Walker
Oct 16, 2014 Arlene Walker rated it really liked it
Very pleasant read.
Oct 23, 2016 Susanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Ahhh. . . a determinedly feel-good novel that jumped into my hand off a library shelf, and proved just what the doctor ordered in the midst of this bad-tempered presidential election season. I had begun to doubt there was anything positive about the human condition, but now I have a smile on my face, at least for a while. Ellen is an overweight, facially disfigured woman who feels "invisible" until she has an unexpected run-in with a spunky blind woman (named "Temerity" of all things!) who ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Maroe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich fand das Buch so Sterbenslangweilig. Nach 90 Seiten konnte ich einfach nicht mehr. Ellen war für mich auch nicht wirklich sympathisch und die Geschichte war einfach nur schlecht. Hätte ich nach diesen guten Bewertungen und dem guten Klappentext nicht erwartet. grausig.
First of all, I would like to thank the author (and goodreads) for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. I really appreciate that.

Now, for my review:

Invisible Ellen tells the story of a young woman (named Ellen) who suffers from some serious social anxiety (as well as some other things) to the point where she one day comes to the conclusion that she is invisible (whether that was a literal or figurative invisibility, I'm still not completely sure). Through a series of oddly related e
Von "Tage wie Salz und Zucker" wusste ich eigentlich gar nichts, als ich es kaufte. Ich habe es einfach mitgenommen, weil mich das Cover so angesprochen hatte. Der Inhalt würde schon gut sein, es kann ja auch nicht schaden mal eventuell etwas zu lesen, was man sonst nicht gekauft hätte. So war es dann aber gar nicht. Ich hätte dieses Buch durchaus auch mit anderem Cover, dafür mit Lesen des Klappentextes gekauft.

Ellen lebt in einer kleinen, relativ heruntergekommenen Wohnung in einem fragwürdig
Sep 26, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
What a feel good little gem of a book. It made me feel all warm and tingly in an Ove kind of way.
Sep 21, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and interesting book. Very thoughtful. I listened to it on audio, read by the author, and I really enjoyed it that way. I found myself moved for the characters and interested in how things would or wouldn't resolve. Many flawed characters in difficult situations, but things were handled with tenderness and humor. I smiled a lot, and it has left me thinking!
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