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Invisible by Pete Hautman
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Jun 26, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: grades-9-and-up, mental-disorders, teens-in-trouble-boys
Read in June, 2011

Hautman creates an explosive sense of anxiety and pain in this novel - my quickest read of the year. 17-year-old Doug Hansen has some serious problems to work through, and his obsessive-compulsive behavior makes him a target of abuse. His only link to the cool crowd, long-time friend Andy Morrow, is never able to really protect him.

Doug is keenly aware of the fact that he doesn’t fit in, and there are several self-consciously funny moments. But then Hautman introduces another blowup – a reminder that nothing in Doug’s life can stay light for long.

As much as the reader might want to hate Doug’s classmates, and wish for some escape from his internal torment, it’s not easy to sympathize with him. With each chapter the extent of his psychosis becomes more clear. He’s hurtling toward a crash, and there’s no time to gain a safe distance from the impact.

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