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The Last Invisible Boy

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  170 reviews

I don't want to give anything away, so I'll tell you what you could probably guess from looking at the cover and flipping through the book.

1. It's about an invisible boy. Obviously. That's me. Actually, I'm not totally invisible. Yet. But I'm getting there.

2. There are a bunch of my drawings.

3. There are some really funn
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because the children's librarian mentioned it--she said it was reviewed as a Wimpy Kid read-alike, but she had her doubts. I had some time on my hands, so I told her I'd let her know.

Answer: no, not really. It's a read-alike in the strictest sense, in that there are diary entries and pictures/comics that help tell the story, but that's where the similarities end. The pictures here aren't as well-integrated into the story (though they're still very good), and the subject matter
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. Behold: The thinking man's Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I hate to say, "I laughed, I cried," but it's true.

As in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you'll find diary entries, drawings, and mini-comics. Unlike Wimpy Kid, the characters here are typically, much more likeable. If there's a kid you're going to root for in the literary world, it's Finn Garrett. He's a good boy, but not a goody-goody. He's struggling, but still doing the best he can.

The Last Invisible Boy mixes realism with a sort of surrealism. Fi
Lego Robot Ninja
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes pictures and really long books
LRN: It's a story about a kid named Finn Gerrett whose hair is turning white, which is a sign of invisibility. (Since there are a lot of really cool pictures in it, it's complicated to write about them in the review.)

Mum: Is he really turning invisible, or does he just think so?

LRN: He really is because...want me to tell you something sad?

Mum: Yes.

LRN:Here it is: One day, his dad was in Boston. When his dad was going to go the airport, he had to go to the plane on the runway, but...he got run o
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Some have compared this to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but the subject matter (the sudden death of the main character's father) is much heavier than anything in Kinney's series. Told in a diary style, there is humor here to be sure, and also outright encouragements for young readers to think and create on their own. Several of the very short chapters end with lines like these:

"If you are bored and need something to do, find a sketch pad or notebook and draw a picture of where you live or write a poem
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, middle-grade
I give this book a 3 star rating for middle schoolers. I thought this was a graphic novel, but I was mistaken. I did enjoy the drawings and the story. I think kids who are dealing with grief or have friends experiencing it may connect with this book. Also, anyone who enjoys reading books from different perspectives may enjoy this one, too.
Although it was a bit of a downer, I found myself connecting to Kafka's Metamorphosis. Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch, but the main character feels he has lit
Sophia Oppenheimer
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book because it is about the narrator's daily life and the problems he is passing with school (friends and love); however, he is also passing through a hard moment because of his father's death. Throughout the book, I felt a roller coaster of emotions. It is a very easy book to read, which we can relate to our daily problems. I recommend this book to teenagers in middle school our high school because they may be passing to the same issues. ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing it’s about this twelve year old boy (Finn, Finn Garrett) telling the story after his dad had died. He thinks that he is turning invisible because what happens to his body. His skin turns a little bit whiter and also his hair does throughout the whole story he is down on himself and tells story of things he did with his dad, as well as his current life. But he does have a friend that’s a girl that does cheer him up also his mom. Throughout the entire story it does g
Bobby Simic
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Gordon Korman wrote a favorite kids' book of mine entitled "No More Dead Dogs" about a boy who is tired of reading about dead dogs. Well, this boy would like to extend that idea towards dead relatives too. Give me abduction, abandonment, illness, abuse, amputation. Just don't give me another book about a loved one six feet in the ground! If you couldn't tell, I think I may be becoming insensitive toward the genre because, for the life of me, I could not get into this one.

I think it was a very se
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Really. It's one where you wish you could sit down with the author and thank them sincerely for their contribution to this world. I literally want to own every page so I can re-read one here and there. So hard to read but so beautiful; sobbing my face off. It's a cry about how grief can be so personal yet someone can reach right inside your heart every once and a while and totally understand. Strangely, I read this over three days, and although eve ...more
Sabiha Younus
Another borrowed-over-and-over-and-over-again lucky find from the school library. This is one of those books I really, reaaaallly want everybody in the world to read but then again I want to keep it just to myself. The characters are sooo adorable (the whole story is, in fact) and it's just so sweet and heartbreaking and speaks to your heart like nothing else. This is one of those books that says in your face all those exams that say "use complex language to impress us!", because it uses the mos ...more
Prince William Public Libraries
A boy named Finn Garrett deals with the loss of his father after his hair and skin are slowly turning white, leading him to believe he is turning invisible. Both uplifting and heartbreaking, Finn Garrett is a fierce, fragile person, and when he writes about his life, it feels personal, as if you are experiencing every tragedy and heartbreak right alongside him.
-Aaron, PWPLS Teen Summer Reader

Click here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Library System.
Joshua Ceballos
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was definitely not for my age group, but I needed something to read. Vocabulary and plot line is dull but may be very entertaining for a young reader in elementary school. Pretty similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid but with a serious topic of loss. Perspective and word choice is very cheesy as well. I would recommend this to 2nd-5th grade.
Hope Warren
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
i thought this book was really good.Very creative!
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is also a very good book, READ IT!! :)
Adriane Devries
Grief comes to all, even to those already suffering the heinous crime of middle-school. Finn, aged 12, is understandably not handling his grief particularly well. In fact, he seems to be disappearing. Literally. Hair after hair turns from black to white, and his skin also is becoming almost as pasty as the tombstones in the cemetery he so often frequents. He and his doctors, as well as every person who points out his freakish appearance, make their best guess as to what is causing his fade-out. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Last Invisible Boy is about a boy named Finn Garrett. He is disappearing. Ever since his dad passed away he has been becoming more and more invisible. And everyone is very confused about how Finn could be disappearing. The main characters in this story are Finn, Melanie, and Finn’s mom and dad. Finn is just an normal boy going through a tough time, Melanie is the girl that Finn likes, and lastly Finn’s dad died and was the reason that Finn was turning invisible.
I kind of connected with Finn
Elizabeth Castro
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The Last Invisible Boy was not funny, uplifting, or even an entertaining book for me. What Evan Kuhlman did get right, was the emotions and voice of a grief riddled twelve year old boy.
I liked how the book tackled sensitive subjects, but did not tell the readers how they must feel, because every other teen feels that way.
I did have some questions about the story. Halfway through the book, I wondered if I could continue reading through Finn's emotions and not know how his father died. Just when
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been so long since I picked up a book and fell in love with it instantly. This book brought me to tears more times than I can count. It was written exactly as if a kid was writing about this experience which makes it mean so much more. Kids can show the world how to say things in ways that aren't sophisticated rather they are just true. I did not want to stop reading since every page broke my heart but in the best way possible. I don't know what else to say since I am still crying while w ...more
Amy Seiber
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
My son gave me this book when we were cleaning his room. He’s thirteen, and he told me that I should read it. He said he read it when his father and I were getting a divorce and it meant a lot to him then, when he was nine or ten years old.
It’s a very sweet book, and it spoke to him in positive ways during a difficult time in his life. I am happy he recommended it to me and glad to have read it.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the main character dealing with grief and loss of his father. You'd think this book would be tragic, however it isn't a particularly sad book, but very melancholy.

I would have gave it 5 stars if it invoked more emotion in me, especially with such a depressive topic like this.

But overall, I enjoyed reading the characters and story!

Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had every emotion a good book should have. One chapter would make you cry, the next would make you smile, and then laugh, and that's how the whole book was like. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, to say the least. I loved it! I would recommend this book to everyone. ...more
Nicole Grace
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found The Last Invisible Boy to be incredibly moving. Finn Garrett, the narrator, grieves clearly and honestly through the book he writes documenting his life following his father's death. His voice and experiences ring true and show that not matter what, life goes on, one day at a time. ...more
Ale Popa
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book talks about a kid who deals with grief and the whole book is a metaphor (from what I could tell). I think it’s a good book for kids to understand grief. Maybe even for adults. Either way, it’s not spectacular, but it can be comforting and funny at times.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Rehan Abd Jamil
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A story about losing someone, gone, but not even close to being forgotten..
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was sad in some parts, happy too, and you can't forget comedy. It is an amazing book. I recommend it to staring readers. ...more
Elizabeth Gray
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: maggie
She really liked this book
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
it is good. It almost made me cry
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
so far i have been really interactive in this book
Amanda Kendall
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed this book several on a lark because of the Jeff Kinney quote on the cover. My son read it that week and today he is still talking about how it’s his favorite book!
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