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The Amanda Project (The Amanda Project #1)

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Mysterious, charismatic, and one of a kind—the only way to find Amanda is to think like Amanda.

When enigmatic freshman Amanda Valentino arrived at Endeavor High, she chose three people—Callie, Hal, and Nia—to guide her through the choppy waters of her new school. Except she didn't tell them about each other. When Amanda leaves, the three must reluctantly work together to f
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published September 22nd 2009)
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Jan 07, 2011 Mirabelle rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I found myself at the bookstore yesterday looking for a good stand-alone book to read. I found this one. I liked the cover and the plot intrigued me, so I bought it.

By the first page, I was already irked. One of my pet-peeves is designer label dropping. Urg. I just can't explain how much this annoys me. Let me tell you, there was plenty of label dropping. 'She opened her COACH bag', etc. oh, and 'she watched a REESE WITHERSPOON movie'. Current pop-culture references irk me too.. haha

That was jus
Jake Rideout
Jul 13, 2009 Jake Rideout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little dubious about this at first. It sounded an awful lot like Paper Towns by John Green: girl commits wild act of vandalism, girl disappears, friends don't know what happened to girl and have to follow clues to find her. Beyond these basic plot points, though, Invisible i is nothing like Paper Towns. For a start, the main character, Callie, is a "mean girl" type who is hiding all the abnormal things about herself in order to fit in with the popular crowd. When her secret friend Amanda ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think working at a library has reverted me back to a teenager because it seems that all I enjoy reading now are YA novels and self-help or memoirs. Anyway...

The Amanda Project is pretty cool. In all honesty, I really only picked it up because I saw that the title had my name in it. Whatever, I'm narcissistic.

I expected it to be a light and fluffy read. And it was - I finished it pretty quickly. The writing was clear and concise. It was definitely from a teenage girl perspective. But I was sur
Rene Kirkpatrick
Aug 23, 2011 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to tell you that I really wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did! A girl moves into town and starts at a new school. She makes a friend. Or two, or three. and then she disappears. All three of the people she makes friends with are certain they are her ONLY friend. When she disappears, the principal calls them all in to the office to find out what they know- Of course, they don't know why the others are in the office. It doesn't take too long for them to begin to get suspicious and ...more
Demasiado soso, llano, simple y predecible. Los personajes no son la gran cosa y la trama de la historia es algo que ya se ha visto y hecho en otros libros. Diría que es para lectores muy, muy jóvenes que recién se meten en el mundo de la lectura. Además, no hay siquiera un mínimo sentido de resolución ni de avance en lo que va a ser la trama global. De todos modos, sí me da curiosidad saber qué pasó con Amanda, así que en una de esas sigo leyendo la saga.
Jan 23, 2010 Nian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I picked up this book because I thought it was the newest book by one of my more beloved authors, Melissa Kantor, and was really surprised when the book cover credited Stella Lennon. So I thought, "Did I pick up the wrong book? And who the heck is Stella Lennon?" After much Googling, I realized that Stella Lennon was just an alias. Kantor actually DID write this book; it's just that the Amanda Project is a series, and the next two books are written by different authors that they all decided to j ...more
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
What a quirky little book this is! I had great fun reading it. It even has its own website – yeah it’s aimed at teenagers but I still had a blast reading it.

Invisible I is the first book in The Amanda Project series. It starts with three pupils – Callie, Hal and Nia who are all in the same grade but have nothing in common – being summoned to the Principals office and accused of knowing where Amanda Valentino has disappeared to. They all claim ignorance to even knowing Amanda but it turns out tha
I quit reading this because it's book 1 of 8, but the whole back cover is a breathless discussion of how readers can log onto the book's website and discuss where they think Amanda might be, and how they can influence the arc and their ideas might make it into later books! What this says to me is: I don't know what the fuck my plan is for the 7 books I have left to write. And if you don't know what your plan is, why should I invest my time? THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.
Nov 27, 2016 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Omg so I just remembered this book that I read about 6 years ago. Hahaha I picked it up in the bookstore because it had my name in the title. I also remember how disappointed and confused I was after reading it. Ah memories.
Sep 20, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pherhaps-read

Pero voy allá con el argumento y demás apreciaciones sobre la obra...

Esta novela, que abre la saga, está nar
Amanda Valentino is a freak. Everyone in the ninth grade knows it and her clothes, wigs, temporary tattoos, and even her school grades prove it. Amanda is the new girl at Endeavor High, who just happened to arrive on Halloween. No one wants to be seen with her, especially Callie, one of the popular I-girls. She doesn’t want to admit that she has a friendship with Amanda but when Amanda disappears and leaves clues behind for her, that’s a hard thing to keep secret. When Callie finds out two other ...more
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Okuldayken telefondan girdiğim için yorum yapamadım geç oldu kusura bakmayın :)

Amanda gittiği okulda birbirinden habersiz 3 kişiyle arkadaş olup onların hayatını yoluna sokar ve ansızın ortadan kaybolur.. Ve Amanda giderken bir takım işler çevirir olaylarda bu 3 kişinin başına yıkılır.. Ve birarada düşünemeyeceğiniz bu tipler birlik olup Amanda'nın bıraktığı ipuçlarını kullanarak aramaya koyulurlar.. Kitabı sevmedim ama ben.. Artık okul içinde geçen havalı, ezik tipli öğrencilerin sürtüşmesinden
Oct 26, 2011 Mana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty interesting, but it kept repeating some of the same lines over and over again to where it was noticable , but not annoying. I think that it's one of thos books you breeze through without remembering anyithing o.O
Jan 14, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This entire series is so good!!! I read the series twice and both times it was great. It's a great series for kids and teens, especially because there is no sex or intense swearing.
Miranda the Gayvenger
There was a lot of potential for The Amanda Project but it just didn’t come together. I was intrigued by the plot and some of the plot points the story introduced, but there was a lot of stuff that kept it from being anything remarkable. The first major thing was the writing; it was very passive and there was a whole lot of telling and not showing. Whenever the main character Callie reacted to something, she would describe it as such: “What he just said made my stomach turn and I felt sick and n ...more
Sep 23, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Valentino is not your typical high school student. She’s mysterious and eccentric, and on top of her “I don’t give a damn what you think” attitude, she’s also the new girl at Endeavor High School. And as anyone who’s ever been a freshman at a new high school or a “new kid” in any grade knows it’s never easy. Although Amanda makes it seem not only easy, but also fun if you can imagine that.

Our narrator, Callie, is part of the “I girls” which consist of your typical, yet true to life “mean
Here was another book that I wasn't sure what I'd be getting into once I cracked the cover but I can tell you right now, I'm so glad I did.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't normally (nor purposely) read mysteries. I just tend to not gravitate towards them in a bookstore or wherever. This happened to be another BEA grab that I made so I was just blindly grabbing. From the blurb, if this were on a shelf, I probably wouldn't have given it a second chance. Boy would that have been m
Callista Leary is a member of the popular clique at Endeavor High, the I-girls. However, she’s also secretly the friend and guide to eccentric new girl Amanda Valentino. When Amanda doesn’t show up for school, Callie finds herself called to the Vice Principal’s office along with Nia and Hal, two students outside her social stratum. It seems that Amanda has disappeared, leaving a bold statement behind linking the three students together. It seems Callie was not Amanda’s only guide, and the three ...more
Citation: Kantor, M. (2009). Invisible I. New York: HarperTeen.
Age: 13+
Format: Book and website
Genre: Mystery
This is a cross-platform story which was developed as a marketing premise by all appearances. There is a series of books about a character who goes missing but the story is left unresolved so that young girls will contribute their own stories, poems and songs about what they thing happened to the character on the online site. If they purchase anything from it, then all the better.
The st
Aug 27, 2012 Arren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read, 2012-read
This YA book is an interesting conceptual departure in several ways. First of all, it purports to be about a missing girl, Amanda, except it’s not really about Amanda at all, but about the effects of her being missing on other people.

Second, the author “Stella Lennon” is a made-up name. A group of writers is working on a whole series of Amanda books. The actual author of this first book is Melissa Kantor.

And finally, the book has a tie-in to a real alternate reality game (
Charlotte Phillips
The book kind of reminded me of a cheap imitation of the pretty little liars series, where there are a group of people all connected together by one person. The only difference with this series is that the group are not close friends and the girl is not dead, she is missing. I think right from the beginning I could tell that this was going to annoy me because it didn't really seem to scream hey Im unique, come read me instead. Instead it seemed to say, hey Ive run out of ideas, erm here's someth ...more
Jul 31, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, arc
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf (3.5/5 Rating)

Callista Leary, better known as Callie, is an I-Girl. I-Girls are the most popular girls in school, and they don't associate with people of a lesser rank. Callie on the other hand, doesn't judge others as easily as the rest of the girls in her clique. She's smart, gets good grades, and enjoys learning. It's no surprise that when a new girl comes to town, it's Callie who will be showing her the ropes.

When Am
Feb 27, 2013 Isaias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sinceramente yo habia comprado el libro por tener un precio economico y queria comprar algun libro que no haya planeado antes de mano comprar. Su linda portada hizo que lo compre en la libreria apenas lo vi.
Sin embargo, esperaba encontrarme con una historia mas infantil y dinamica, ya que ya habia escuchado de la famosa pagina del "Proyecto Amanda" (la cual parece que fue cerrada, una pena). Pero me sorprendi de como me enganche con el libro.
La historia gira en torno a Callie, Hal y Nia, tres ad
Jul 15, 2013 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Decir que aunque sabía por la sinopsis que el libro era de misterio, no podía llegar a pensar que la cosa fuera para tanto. Me ha impresionado muy gratamente.
Está escrito en primera y tercera persona, desde el punto de vista de Callie, una de las tres protagonistas y a una de las personas a las que Amanda cambia su vida.
La portada es preciosa, me encanta. Y las de su segunda y tercera parte son del estilo, preciosas. Por dentro casa uno es de un color, este en concreto es rosa fosforescente, de
This book looked really interesting and I thought it would be a fun read. Well I thought wrong.

The plot is so sporadic that it doesn't make much sense. Finding out what happens to Amanda first has to do with her life, then Callie's parents, then Bea, then Heidi, then back to Amanda's life. It doesn't make much sense. Plus, there wasn't a lot of action. The story felt pretty dull.

The characters were by far the worst part of the story though.
Callie- the protagonist/ MC
May 05, 2013 Priscila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Rate: 3,5 stars.
La trama del libro me pareció muy interesante y me arriesgué a comprar entonces su secuela. La historia comenzó muy bien, atrapante y narrada de una manera tan simple pero tan buena al mismo tiempo que disfruté la lectura. Nos introducimos en el misterioso mundo de Amanda, que causa que tres extraños; Callie, Nia y Hal se encuentren y descubren el factor en común que los tres poseen. Es el comienzo de la trama, por lo que no me decidí a esperar más de este primer libro ya que la
Niva (Paula Navarro)
Proyecto Amanda es una serie de ocho libros que comienza con Invisible, en el que Callie, una amiga de Amanda, nos relata cómo empieza su investigación para encontrar a Amanda, una chica de lo más peculiar que llegó al instituto y de pronto desapareció.
La primera novela que conforma el Proyecto Amanda está escrita por Melissa Kantor, que nos sumerge en la cabeza de Callie y nos arrastra por el universo de Amanda que no hará más que despertar incógnitas a medida que sabemos un poco más de ella.
Nov 30, 2011 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Amanda Project”, written by Amanda Valentino and Melissa Kantor, is about a new girl in town named Amanda who goes missing and it’s up to her three friends (Callie, Hal and Nia) to find out where she is. The only problem is that Amanda didn’t tell any of them about each other. The book is narrated in first person by Callie, who is a part of the most exquisite and popular clique that call themselves the “I-Girls”. Callie, Hal and Nia aren’t in the same social groups, so that adds a lot of di ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Callie has a secret. Her mom is missing and her dad is letting himself fall apart. The only person who really seems to know what is happening is Amanda Valentino, the best friend that Callie hides from her popular social clique, the I-Girls.

Except things get a lot more difficult when Amanda goes missing, leaving behind various clues as the search for her begins. Callie finds herself becoming closer to outcasts Hal and Nia, also secret friends of Aman
Morgan F
High school freshman, Callie, is a member of the exclusive I-Girls, the most popular girls in the grade, but they are not her only friends. Callie was also secretly friends with the mysterious and eccentric Amanda Valentino, whom Callie felt she could be herself around. But then one day Callie is called down to the Vice Principals' office to be questioned about Amanda's whereabouts after the VP's car was vandalized. Callie, and two other freshmen, Nia and Hal, are being accused of keeping secret ...more
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