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The Uninvited

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,350 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
"More suspenseful family drama than haunted-house tale. . . . The climax is heart-pounding, and the beautifully evoked bucolic setting plays a starring role." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian c
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Candlewick (first published May 12th 2009)
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Rarely do I actually write a review for a 1 star book. However I found The Univited so frustrating and borderline offense that I feel the need to explain my feelings.

I was iffy about this book when they introduced the main character driving down the road just wearing a bra. Not a sports bra, but a bra and not for any real reason. When a male writer creates a female character who's beautiful, sexy and often not wearing many clothes, I'm a little leery. Sometimes it feels like male writers create
Jennifer Wardrip
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When New Yorker Mimi drives all the way up into the Canadian wilderness to find the little house her artist father once used as a studio, she's just looking to spend some time alone - and away from an affair with a professor that has taken a nasty turn.

The last thing she expects is to find someone already occupying the house. Jay, a young musician struggling to find his muse, is more connected to Mimi than she first realizes. And so is the shy young man
Jan 13, 2009 Kathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this is a page turner! Three characters are drawn to a small, solitary house on a snye (read it to find out) for their own reasons. Of the three, two are completely unaware of the third except as a threat, an invisible menace.

But is the third the enemy? Or is the third the final key in discovering who each one really is?

I couldn't put this book down. And the setting itself, the house, the watery domain upon which it sits, becomes a character itself, pushing and pulling the three main charac
Jul 21, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit spooky, a little bit eerie, a whole lot of family problems. The three young ones, Mimi, Jay, and another guy Cramer, act as the main characters. The viewpoint switches from each of those characters often.

The story is just so compelling. It’s very hard to put down, especially towards to the end. Actually no. At the end, it is impossible to put down. I just had to speed through it to figure out what’s happening.

Basically, there are two mysteries. One is introduced in the synopsis, bei
Oct 24, 2014 Tina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bored people with nothing else to do
Shelves: meh
This book reminds me of the practice books I had to read in my editing class at Ryerson. It has potential and was enjoyable, but it needed some work. Whoever edited it did a really lazy job.
I did like the characters – they weren’t overly complex (Cramer was getting there) but they were likeable; I never grew to care too much about them (aside from Cramer) but I didn’t hate them. The tone wasn’t bad – it started out a little creepy and the creepiness came back at a few instances, but it could ha
Sarah Evans
Nov 28, 2009 Sarah Evans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: washyarg
Despite the title and eerie cover art, this is not a ghost story, nor is it much of a thriller, but actually a twisted drama. First we meet Cramer, a young man trying desperately to keep his mentally disturbed mother from falling to pieces. We sense that his mother’s emotional abuse and crazy demands to support her attempts at art has warped his life. Next we meet our main character, Mimi, whose first year at NYU turned disastrous when the married professor she hooked up with became possessive a ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had the longest review I have ever written typed up for this book, and my browser unexpectedly closed. WOE. I may type it all up again one day if I can find the motivation, but here is a Sparks Notes version:

The stupid plot. (view spoiler)
Jul 30, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Mimi Shapiro is running. Running away from a disturbing first year at NYU to a small and creepy town in Nowhere, Canada. She hopes that while there for the summer, she can get her first screen play written, while coming to turns with what happened to her in the previous year.

Though nothing can stay perfect for long. When arriving at her father’s deserted old summer house she finds that someone else is living there too. Her long lost half brother, a half brother that has been having his own prob
Nov 28, 2010 Catherine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book looks like its going to be a scary spooky story....but it's not.
The dialogue between characters is mostly contrived and unbelievable. The female main character (Mimi) is annoying and depressing (kinda like Bella in "Twilight"). The whole thing read like a bad movie/screenplay.
The following review by P. Donovan “English Teacher” (Mississauga,Ont) expresses my sentiments exactly!!....
This novel is anything but fresh and unique. In fact, it is little more than contrived and f
Elizabeth K.
Aug 17, 2009 Elizabeth K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Horn Book
Shelves: 2009-new-reads
I knew I had to read this book (not entirely in a good way) when I read a review that opened with "College freshman Mimi Shapiro plans a solitary vacation at her family's cottage in a remote part of Canada after she has an ill-fated affair with an NYU professor."

So that is in fact the opening, Mimi arrives at the cottage and discovers all sorts of mysterious things, such as the fact that someone else, a handsome music student on his way to graduate school, is already living there. The cottage,
Ashley Manzueta
Sep 17, 2009 Ashley Manzueta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
The Uninvited is a book about a girl named Mimi who goes away to live in house called the Snye that her father owns out in Canada. Mimi goes to Canada to get away from the affair shes been having with her former Professer, Lazer. Once she gets there she finds a guy living in her fathers house and finds out that he is actually her half brother, Jay, and that they have the same dad. there has been really wierd stuff happening there lately. A stranger named Cramer has inside the house for a while n ...more
Asha R
Nov 01, 2012 Asha R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a perfect little town, where everyone is kind and friendly, there is a person who doesn't really draw attention to themselves. They’re the kind of person someone would meet, but later on wouldn't really remember because they didn't leave a big impression on them. This person may seem nice, but people don’t know about all the bad things they have done.

In the book The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones, that person in the little town is Cramer Lee. In this realistic fiction the first wrong thing of
Aug 25, 2011 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Story Description:

Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to find someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immed
Jul 02, 2011 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was another "I-am-so-glad-I-read-it-books." An awesome mystery unfolds and then another and another... Just when you think you are going to solve the mystery, another change takes place. I wasn’t sure why this was in the YA books because of the two main characters ages- one is in college and the other graduated college. It does have swearing in it, but no intimate situations. You finish a troubling year in college after having had an affair with your professor and breaking it off only ...more
Nick Schroeder
Feb 04, 2016 Nick Schroeder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jack Mahan
Jan 15, 2016 Jack Mahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kayla Morgan
Dec 09, 2015 Kayla Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420
Categories: Tim Wynne-Jones

**spoiler alert**

This book is about a girl named Mimi who goes to live in a little cottage owned by her father to get away from her creepy ex. She arrives, but her key doesn't fit the lock. She discovers that there is a guy already living there. They are suspicious of each other because they both think the cottage belongs to their dad. Well, as it turns out, they are both right! Her brother, Jay, who has been occupying the cottage, tells Mimi about the weird stuff some
Jessica Murray
Dec 01, 2015 Jessica Murray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

1. I picked up this book expecting to read a suspenseful thriller novel. I found this basically only within the first chapter or two. The change in perspective throughout the book ruined the suspense entirely. Including Cramer's perspective made it so there was no mystery as to who the stalker was or what their intentions were- this was supposed to be the only point of suspense for the entire story.

2. You can't make me hate a character and then try to make me love them. Throughout the
Oct 07, 2015 Rynell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, engl420

Mimi Shapiro travels to Canada to stay in her father's cabin and escape from an inappropriate relationship with a somewhat stalker-like and unstable professor at NYU. Once she arrives at the cabin, weird and unexplained things begin to happen. She is being watched by another stalker-type character and she meets people with whom she has unexpected connections. Her journey to Canada takes on new meaning as she uncovers a few more surprises about her already non-traditional family.

Jul 27, 2009 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a creepy, intense book. Set in an idyllic Canadian setting, family secrets and hints of incestuous thoughts build steady tension in The Uninvited. Throughout the book, we are unsure about who the real threat is. Once I began reading, I had to continue in order to find out what happens next. This is definitely a book to check out!
Dec 14, 2014 Mel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was under the impression that this was a horror read. The cover was creepy. That was about it. Whatever genre this book falls under, it was not thrilling or chilling in any way. It was more about secrets. Which is fine. If you don't go into thinking you might get a good scare. I didn't find any of the characters too likeable. The book starts with Mimi driving to Canada (to stay at a home her father has there) after a disaster of an affair with her college professor in NYC. She meets a guy at h ...more
Abigail LeMmon

In this novel Wynne-Jones tells the story of three seemingly unrelated characters that meet in Canada when Mimi, one of the three characters, journeys there to find some reprieve in her father's old abandoned house. There she meets Jay Page and later Cramer Lee, both boys who have lived in this part of Canada for years. Through a series of events Mimi discovers that Jay is her half brother through her father and, later, that Cramer is also her half brother through her f
This book wasn't quite as scary as I hoped it would be. I did like the suspense--even though it didn't have me on the edge of my seat, it did keep me engaged enough that I didn't want to put it down. I think I would have liked a bigger twist at the end. I also think it has an awesomely creepy cover.
Jan 22, 2016 Love2read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my point of view this book starts out okay, then it gets a little strange. I almost lost interested at one point. Gladly I continued to read it, though. It was around the halfway mark that it really had my attention and I couldn't wait to find out what was really going on.
As far as the story goes, it involves a little family drama and some mystery. Not a scary story by any means.

Sometimes I get frustrated about deciding on how many stars to give a book. This story is definitely one of those.
Jul 21, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great surprise! This book was part of my quest to find a creepy book to read, and while it didn't quite deliver on that, I was left in no way disappointed. This story is about hidden connections, and while the characters were a little underdeveloped, their motivations were clear and easily understoond. I especially wished that Jay had been given more airtime, since I couldn't quitge believe his ongoing sadness as just an 'artist thing', but overall it worked.I loved how the idea of "the u ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Leanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Uninvited after attending a lecture by the author, Tim Wynne-Jones. I enjoyed his presentation, particularly his focus on place, and wish I had read The Uninvited beforehand because he referred several times to the young adult novel. As I read the book, though, I was much more interested in the plot. Mimi runs from New York City to Canada to avoid a bad relationship. When she arrives, she learns family secrets and finds out she has a stalker. The story is intriguing and kept me readin ...more
Amirah Zaim
Jan 10, 2015 Amirah Zaim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, when I first bought this book I was hoping to read something of a thriller. Despite the fact it wasn't as scary as I'd hope it'd be, it was an amazing book. Filled with twists and unexpected turns. Each character had so much individuality and their own bizarre pasts and stories - and then they find out that all their stories are linked. I especially liked how the story went through different perspectives of the characters, and the ending was not at all what I had predicted. It w ...more
ashley | citygirlscapes
Sometimes I really hate reading other people's reviews before reading a book. A lot of the first reviews that showed up were very negative and really made me regret picking this book up. But something made me stick with it and I'm glad I did.

It's not the best book I've read, but it did keep my interest throughout and I finished it quite quickly. Honestly, these days I take joy out of any book that I can't see right through, and while there wasn't anything overly complicated about the story or th
Steph Bowe
The Uninvited was interesting in that it was only really what it was described as on the back cover of the book – a thriller – for a few chapters. After that it metamorphosed into something deeper, more of a family drama (with some out-there plotline like you’d see in a thriller), though still with suspenseful elements. It was surprising, and I think some readers might feel a bit ripped off by the fact that the story delivers something so different than what is promised. I quite liked the fact t ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-ya, 5-canada
Mimi Shapiro leaves New York City to hide from a college professor turned stalker. Her dad generously offers her the use of a cottage he owns in Canada. Mimi's excitement turns to alarm when she finds the cottage is already occupied by a young musician.

When Mimi and Jay sort things out they realize they are half sister and brother and have both been offered the cottage to use, Mimi as a hideaway and Jay to work on his music. Their self-absorbed Dad didn't see any reason to tell either of them ab
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Tim Wynne-Jones (born 12 August 1948) is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.

Arthur Ellis Award
Best Juvenile (2001): The Boy in the Burning House
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Best Young
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