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Confidence: The Diary of an Invisible Girl

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Comic-book-obsessed Barbara Jenkins' idea of an exciting night consists mostly of fan fiction and frozen pizza-that is, until one fated day during the start of the school year when she literally crashes into the queen of the AV Club. Barbara soon begins to explore life outside her comfort zone as she is thrust head first into a new world of costumes, conventions, and crush ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 9th 2015
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Paige Lavoie
Confidence was written in a flurry of word sprints, coffee, and hystaria during my first NaNoWriMo in 2013! I put my whole heart into this story and fell in love with all of the characters in the process! I'm so proud of this diary of a wonderfully kooky invisible girl, and cannot wait to share the story with you on 6/9/15 :) ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geeky-reads, reviewed
(Disclaimer here - the author generously provided me an advanced copy of this freaking delightful book)

There are so may things I want to say, but I'm still trying to digest the wonderfulness that is this book. it. Dooooo eeeeettt!

OK - here's a bit more substance... Read the full review here:

**I received an advanced copy to read.**

I am a geek girl. It was only recently that I felt I could openly admit that, or really felt comfortable calling mysel
Michelle Cole
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book for review on my blog.

There is so much win in CONfidence: The Diary of an Invisible Girl. When I first started reading Paige Lavoie's debut novel it took me a minute to settle into the main character's voice. I completely forgot that I was reading a book written in diary form from the point of view of a tenth grader. It's been over a decade since I was in tenth grade so it took me a minute to remember where my mind was at that age, bu
Joni Patterson
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
CONfidence is a teenage story of crushes, crazy antics with friends, drama, and a glimpse into all sorts of geeky worlds that had me fangirling over and over. Paige’s writing is lively-good, humorous and engaging. There’s an honesty and warmth to CONfidence that I thought gave it almost a homey sort of feeling. Like, more than curling up with a good book, reading this was like hanging out with a good friend. I was almost sorry to see it end, but hopefully Paige will have future novels for this f ...more
Lindsey Taveren
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After the first few pages I was hooked. Not only do Barb and teenage me share a passion for Code Red Mountain Dew, we both also had only generic soda at home. This book has taken me back to my awkward adolescence, from the “are they aren’t they” romances, haphazard attempts at social navigation, love triangles, and burgeoning lifelong passions.

The entire book is from the point of view of Barbara Jenkins (named after Barbara Gordon), who lives with her mom and has several girls who are friends, i
Erin Denton
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't go for books that seem like they might fall into a YA or youth category, but I really enjoyed reading "Confidence: The diary of an invisible girl". The book was very easy to read and very quickly sucks you into the life of Barbra Jenkins. Like me you will probably stay up at night wondering "about that thing that happened to her in the book" and if it will be okay in the end. That was a major reason I could not put this book down, I immediately became super attached to the protag ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
CONfidence makes for a solid companion as you wait in line at a convention. It’s a fun, breezy bit of fiction that may conjure all sort of nostalgic feels and, as a potential added bonus, may inspire you to participate in NaNoWriMo (as CONfidence is the product of exactly that). If you’re planning on an excursion or two to the beach this upcoming summer, CONfidence may be an ideal book to bring along.

The full review is available here! http://www.thecareandfeedingofnerds.c...
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Paige Lavoie has captured, in this book, the perfect balance of geekdom and teenaged girl. The main character's awkwardness reminds me of myself at that age. The writing was so much like familiar speech, like talking to my girls, that I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. I cannot wait for my girls to read this book! And I eagerly look forward to more books from this author.
Anna Mattocks
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads contest and thought it was a great first book from a new author. The narrative was fun and brought back all the good and bad stuff from high school. A very enjoyable easy read.
Michael Melton
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading CONfidence I couldn't put it down. It was like having a conversation with my sister; fun, familiar, and full of nerdiness! Can't wait for her next book! ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute and light read. I think this would be a great fit for the YA audience it's intended for; definitely put me in mind of what my journals sounded like in 10th grade! ...more
Candace Searles
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute read for young or old

This was such a cute book about the life of being a geeky teenager and I loved it. I want popular but I wasn't geeky in high school either. I got along with all different types so I couldn't really relate to this book a whole lot. However it was so cute and I loved getting to know all of the characters and angst they went through. I picked this up just on a whim and to take a break from the murder mysteries I have been reading and so glad I did. Perfect book for young
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Barbara is witty and charming, I don't know how she could ever be invisible but isn't that the case with most people who feel out of place? If you've ever felt awkward around others or you're a fan of comics books, superheroes, cons, anything geek or your kids are into any of those things, this is a fun read that makes you feel like you're hanging out with friends the entire time. You don't want the good times to end, so you never stop turning the pages. ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so charming! It took my back to my middle school and high school years in an instant. I loved all of the nerdy references throughout the book!
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick, highly enjoyable read! It was super predictable, and things were highly unbelievable as well, but I greatly enjoyed it!
Melissa Banczak
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lots of crazy fun. Hoping fir a sequel.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun book. I enjoyed all of the characters and the diary style was refreshing. I’m giving it to my 13-year old. I think he might like a glimpse into the mind of a teenage girl.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ik zag dit boek voorbij komen toen ik een youtube filmpje aan het kijken was van Paige Lavoie en ik besloot hem eens op te zoeken op Goodreads. Ik werd meteen nieuwsgierig toen ik had gelezen waar het boek over ging. Dus heb ik het op amazon gekocht en toen begon het wachten tot hij er zou zijn. Ik had geluk want het boek was al snel binnen.

Het verhaal is echt super leuk, een meisje dat eigenlijk heel geeky is maar geen vrienden heeft en daarom in haar eentje thuis de geek uithangt. Tot ze op ee
Mariana Maiz
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
This was a cute, short story about a geek girl in high school. I thought it was funny and that it discussed some issues that aren't normally discussed. Also, there was a DAVID TENNANT reference in it - it was connected to Doctor Who, of course, but his name was mentioned, so I, being the DT fangirl I am, was really happy. Also, there was a Nathan Fillion reference and lots of other geek references, and that fills my geek heart with joy.
The story itself was nice, there were some things that both
Irene Castillo
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It's so quirky and down to earth. I loved how relateable and genuine Barbs was. I also liked the complexity and explanation of group friends dynamics. The geekery was such a bonus too. Life is hard growing up and gaining that confidence and its not really realized till other people foster a relationship with you. Yet when that happens simplicity becomes complex and communication is essential. Good read for the middle school, high school ages, in addition to adults! Paig ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and fun. I wasn't sure how I would like the journal entries but it worked. I enjoyed all the characters and hope another book comes out to I can read more about them. ...more
Alice  (Seven of Ten)
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
This YA novel is perfect for young readers. As an adult who reads YA, it was a little too one dimensional. You can see a full review of the book on my blog. ...more
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Paige Lavoie is a writer, comic artist and self-proclaimed queen of silly faces, with a passion for bring her characters to life with the power of storytelling (including the undead ones) Paige spends her days hiding underneath a parasol in sunny Orlando FL. and frolicking through bustling convention centers, theme parks and farmers markets with her husband and their fluffy dog named Oliver.

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