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(Smith High #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  779 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Jane Smith has survived three years of high school without making a single enemy, all by keeping a low profile. Not even her three best friends, Kenzie, Corey and Isobel, can say the same. But with Corey dating the lead singer from ReadySet and Kenzie in a relationship too, being invisible tends to be lonely. But now she's written an article for her school newspaper that ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Kensington -Teen (first published June 25th 2013)
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First off: This book was the book that made my book OCD cry out in pain. (Why yes, my book OCD is a person.) Never before have I read a series out of order, even if it is only a companion book kind of series, where you don't need to have read the previous book in order to understand what is going on because each book focuses on a different character.

But with that being said, it wasn't that awful for my OCD to handle. After all, we find out the basics of what happens in the previous installment
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Eek! Definitely a fun and awesome book. I felt so sorry for Jane! Outing your best friends sexuality even accidentally is horrible! Beyond words horrible. It was super funny and i enjoyed it immensely. Even more than the first!
Samia Ruponti
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
2.5 stars. I am disappointed. The first two books were so awesome! Throughout the whole book, I hated Mackenzie, Jane was nothing more than ordinary, I still don't know anything about scott except he is a good photographer/snark and this one lacked the humor of the previous books. I can rant a lot about the scenes I had problems with, but that would be rewriting most of the book, so I am not even attempting that. The only reason I could finish it is the superb writing of Ms. Bates that flows ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this more the second time around, also. It was even funnier than I remembered. Definitely worth rereading.
Aliaa El-Nashar
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
To be honest I have no idea if I like this book or the first one "Awkward" more. Which is actually very strange, since I expected to hate both of them based on their synopsis alone. I don't know why but the ideas felt strange. With Awkward, Kenzie gets famous for being a klutz who doesn't know CPR, I mean really? It sounded so lame. But Marni, for some reason managed to make it turn out great! I still don't think it was that convincing of an idea, but the story itself held its own with the ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
When I read Marni Bates' Awkward last year, I fell in love with her characters. I had no idea that she had plans on writing companion novels to Awkward until I came across Invisible on NetGalley. I remember loving Awkward, so I knew I had to request a copy.

While Awkward told the story of Mackenzie, Invisible tells the story of Jane, Mack's best friend. After Mack became a YouTube star, Jane feels left out and no longer as close to her best friends as she was before. Because of that, she begins
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Some books have characters I immediately love. Those are the ones I prefer because I can genuinely care and root for a characters actions. And there are ones like this one where I immediately see flaws I find horrible.

There were so many times when I grew furious with Jane. Jane is the protagonist of Invisible by Marni Bates. She is weak. She never speaks out for herself. She judges others. She is crazy jealous of her two closest friends, Kenzie and Corey. Still, I admit expected her to be weak
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Marni Bates once again had me up flipping pages late into the night with her new laugh out loud worthy novel, Invisible.....

Invisible tells the story of Jane Smith. Jane has never wanted to be anything other than invisible at her school. Jane's best friend Mackenzie recently became an overnight internet sensation and their other best friend Corey started dating a rock star. Leaving Jane feeling left behind. Invisible was okay with her best friends by her side but now Jane feels left out and no
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
not as funny as the first. but still funny enough- totes liked it. read in one sitting.

As seen on blog.

Invisible, the companion sequel to Awkward tells us the story of Mackenzie's best-friend Jane. We were introduced to her back in Awkward. She works for the school paper and is feeling neglected by her friends and wants to feel like she is wanted. Soo, things get outta hand when one of her stories that she wrote for herself as she wants to be a journalist or columnist gets into the
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May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I shouldn't have read this book first - but I did. It's second in the Smith High series and this darn thing is the reason for the crime I've committed. (I never read books out of order - except for reading Crossed before Matched but the librarian lied to me, okay !).

Now, this book made me go on an emotional rollercoaster. Annoyance at Miles, lust for Scott, frustration for Jane because she was letting everyone move on around her and treat her like rubbish. That's how you know the book
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Invisible is one of those cheeky High School books that has no basis in reality but is still pretty fun to read. While I think the author did an excellent job trying to make her characters have layers of depth, I still had a hard time liking them. Jane herself is very self-centered, but her friends are just awful. Outside of their public displays of loyalty, I don't really get how any of them are friends. I especially resented how no one really had to change at the end, except for Jane to stop ...more
Purple Lorikeet
I read the first book in this series a while back and it was good for some light reading. This one isn't quite so light and funny but it still is an easy read.

This book focuses on Jane Smith, who feels she is invisible to almost everyone, even her close friends. She's been stuck in a routine of doing what everyone else wants and never standing up for herself. She's always been in the shadow of older sister Elle and goes out of her way to try for things that have no connection with the sister.
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Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the only bad thing I could say was that it was pretty predictable, but it was fun. I enjoyed Jane and it was very telling in the fact that she needed to communicate with her friends and even stand up for herself. Its a good morale, especially for people who tend to say yes too often. I enjoy this kind of character more than the stuck up characters.
Irene Kim C1
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the first book of this series and really enjoyed reading about the different perspectives. I liked how everyone had their very own worry and how they worked together to solve any problems in their relationship.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was also really good. Of all the Marni Bates books I've read so far, the ending to this one was the best. I LOVED Jane and Scott! They're my second favorite to Holly and Dominic!
Shivangi Aryal
Dec 12, 2019 is currently reading it
This book is intersting it has a lot of drama this book is mostly for high school kids.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Invisible by Marni Bates is another installment in her young adult contemporary series Smith High. I've been meaning to read Awkward and as I started Invisible, I realized that maybe I should have taken the time to read the first book in the series. I'm not saying that this is a continuation of Mackenzie's misadventures from Awkward, but that Invisible does host a large number of
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-love
I think I was able to relate more to Jane than I was able to relate to Kenzie. It's not that I related more to Jane's personality but I could totally understand what her problem was with her friends and what she was going through.

In the beginning I was worried that I wasn't going to like Invisible as much as I had liked Awkward simply because Jane seemed really judgmental of Isobel (I'm pretty sure that was the girls name) and I generally can't stand characters who don't stand up for themselves.
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

This was a Goodreads First Reads win for me, a huge thanks to Kensington Publishing!!! This book was such a fun read. I honestly don't think I laughed so much with a book as I did with Invisible. The cast of characters was fantastic. We follow Jane Smith in this book. She's an Invisible. Their school is divided into two basic groups. The Notables, they're the popular kids, the jocks, the cheerleaders you know the types. And then there's the
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Marni Bates' first book set at Smith High, Awkward, and was really excited to jump back into this world and hang with its characters in Invisible. And while Invisible didn't wow me as much as its companion, I found it an enjoyable and entertaining read.

Invisible focuses on Jane Smith, one of the BFF's of Awkward's heroine Mackenzie. Mackenzie, her new popular boyfriend Logan, and her and Jane's other BFF, Corey, all play important roles in Invisible, but this book is Jane's time
C.A. *On Hiatus*
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm pleasantly surprised that this book was good, considering its predecessor cannot boast the same. The writing was corny and juvenile as in "Awkward", but the storyline was much more interesting, despite the fact that in this one no one went on the Ellen Show. The plot was more entertaining, the characters were more fun to read about (other than Kenzie and Logan, who made me groan or roll my eyes every time their names showed up on a page) and I felt way more of a connection to the ...more
Fly To The Sky
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog, Read Books and Live Green

To start off this review, I just wanted to say that Marni Bates is hilarious! Her books can always put a smile on my face and I appreciate that!!! To get down to this book, I LOVED Invisible. The characters are funny, the situations are so far out of the realm of possibility, that it makes everything even more funny!

It's not easy being best friends with a celebrity. . .

I'm invisible at my high school and I'm fine with
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Since I enjoyed the first two books in this series featuring “nerdy” high school kids who triumph over the popular kids, I was eager to read this one. Although even more predictable than the first two, and with characters not quite as lovable, this one still ought to please tween audiences.

Jane Smith is the best friend of MacKenzie Wellesley and Corey O’Neal. They used to form a reliable threesome of “Invisibles” (as opposed to the “Notables”) at high school, but now both MacKenzie and Corey
Invisible was pretty cute. This time we're following Mackenzie's best friend Jane. Jane is the ultimate pushover. She can't seem to say no to anybody and she certainly doesn't stand up for herself. Whenever she tries to, she just gets roped into some sticky situation that she has to navigate herself out of. The latest one is the front page story of her school's newspaper. Jane just wanted to propose an idea for a fiction section, but the staff adviser took her speaking up as wanting to write a ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-teen-years
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May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Guys, why have I never picked up Awkward?? I mean, seriously, Invisible is totally my kind of book!!

I loved Marni Bates' writing style! It's funny and quirky and totally engaging and I loved it from the minute I turned my eyes to the first page of Invisible! I love it when a cute contemporary deals with actual teen issues aside from the maybe less plausible plot of having her two friends get famous overnight, and Marni Bates totally made it work!

Jane sees herself as Invisible. And so does half
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I read Ms. Bates YA debut Awkward last year and absolutely loved it! So I was quite excited when I learned she was planning to make it into a series. I was waiting for the right moment to read this one and oh my goodness, I was not disappointed at all! The hilarity of the first book was continued here and I giggled my way through the story in a matter of hours. In fact, I stayed up way too late to finish it it all in one go. I know it's a great story when I can't put it down. :)

Poor Jane. You
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Marni Bates' autobiography MARNI (part of HCI's Louder Than Words series) was on the New York Public Library Stuff for the Teen Age 2010 List. She then signed a five book deal with KTeen. Her first YA novel, AWKWARD, has been optioned by the Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie and translated into several languages. Her latest YA novel DIAL EM FOR MURDER is with Merit Press.

In her free time she

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