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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

(Gifted #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  3,165 ratings  ·  307 reviews
Thirteen year old Queen-of-mean Amanda Beeson, wakes up one morning in the wrong body. She's become lonely, unfashionable Tracey Devon - one of Amanda's targets for bullying. Amanda discovers that Tracey, ignored at home and at school, has the ability to turn invisible. Amanda sets out to rescue her one-time victim from obscurity - as well as rescuing herself from Tracey's ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by Kingfisher
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Rachel Maniacup

So my niece started this Disney TV movie about middle school characters who possess some sort of supernatural psychological powers and it so happened that I was seating on the couch and was ready to start a new book but I couldn’t concentrate on it because of the TV so I ended up watching with my niece instead. The whole time though, I was pestering her about the lack of a certain character’s personality, a missing background detail, a cheesy dialogue, predictable plot and so on even though the
Rachel Maniacup
This book is a story of a 13 year old teenager,Amanda Beeson,the MC here,who goes to Meadowbrook Middle School. She is the ruler of the school because of her meanness and spitefulness..this is why she was generally acknowledged as the "queen bee". The person she constantly bully is Tracey Devon, as she's one of the most picked on girls in the school,and the one who always disappear in class.

One day,when Amanda starts feeling sorry for Tracey,strange things happened to Amanda..She woke up on a be
Veronica Morfi
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amanda has it all. She is the most popular 8-th grader, she is queen bee and the school is her queendom, but Amanda has a secret that could literally change her. Every time she feels sorry for someone else she ends up inside their body. And her latest target of sadness is Tracey the most insignificant girl in the whole school. When Amanda finds herself tapped into Tracey's body she soon realizes that Tracey is special, just like a few other kids in the school, she is gifted. But gifted kids have ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really tried to like the book, but I had a few issues with it. First, Amanda didn't really learn from her experience and that bothered me.It seemed like she when through this whole experience and was still the same person. Second, even though this book was the beginning of a series, the plot moved too slow and I found myself swamped with a lot of characters and no information that would want to keep me interested in learning more about them. Regardless, I will try to read the next book and giv ...more
Jazzie Suknanan
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Set in the friction of eigth-grade, thriteen year old Amanda Beeson is the Queen of Mean at her middle school, and for a good reason! Amanda has, what some people may cal an obscure disorder, the ability to transport her mental body/emotions into another person's just by feeling a certain way for them. then one day Amanda sports "nerdy" Tracey Devon and while Amanda's friends pick on Tracey Amanda can't help but feel a tinge of pity for Tracey. Quickly amanda forces herslef to stop thinking abou ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Beeson was a really mean popular girl. Her gift(which didn't want anyone to know about) was she could change into somebody else's body, but she can't control it. When she feels sorry for someone she automatically takes control of their body. So that's why she is so mean.
When Amanda sees Tracey Devon she feels sorry for her because her clothes, her hair, and pretty much everything. She tries to tell her self not to feel sorry for her, and she thinks it works until she wakes up as Tracey
Kay Limbu
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Line  Skori
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, psychics
I really liked this book. Its really well sooted for very young teens. As in the age of 10-15 maybe :)
Easy read and not that many pages :)
You always wanted to keep on reading to find out were Tracy were and if Amanda would ever turn back to herself.
+ You wanted to know if she ends up with the rest of the guys from special class :)
But you have to read to find out ;)
Really good book. The first think I thought when I finished it was. Damn.. why didnt I buy the second book also..So now I need to
Really liked the whole idea of the story and the world the author built. But it was kind of bland and cliché for me. After all the books I've read this one is interesting but the writing style seems to be for 12-year-olds..
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gifted is a book that has something for everyone to love. It has fantasy, drama, mystery, and a tad bit of romance. The characters are amazing and the story line is even better. You read on as the queen bee of Meadowbrook Middle School, Amanda, accidentally takes over the body of a "gifted" nobody named Tracy Devon. It's exciting as it has readers guessing what it will happen to Tracy and if Amanda will ever make it back to her own body. The plot goes on and Amanda realizes that she's not the on ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a nice read. It's not too light and cute, but it isn't extremely intense and detailed either. Amanda is the Queen of Mean at Meadowbrook Middle School. She is the most popular, snobby girl around for miles, and she makes use of it to her biggest advantage. She has a secret, though: when she feels sympathy for someone, she automatically jumps into their bodies. Tracey is the obvious subject for her teasing, as she dresses horribly, is extremely shy and defenseless, an ...more
Pei Zhi Lin
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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Dec 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ages 10+ (no language or romance, some older kids are caught shoplifting, an adult drinks and parties)

When Queen Bee Amanda feels any sympathy for another person, she ends up in their bodies. Usually just for a few minutes, sometimes for a few hours, but it is NOT something that she wants happening. So she copes by being mean. Especially to people like quiet, bland and drab as dishwater, socially invisible Tracey Devon. Then one day she wakes up in Tracey's body and she can't switch back.

Paula  Phillips
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Imagine if one of your worst nightmares came true ? How would you cope , what would you do to fix it ? Meet , Amanda Benson she is the Queen Bee of the local high school. She is the IT Girl. Being the IT girl and Queen Bee , comes with alot of responsibilities and some of those are the not -so-nice tasks of bullying those in what you call the "social rejects or loser pile". One of the girls who is a constant target for Amanda's bullying is a girl called Tracey Devon. When Amanda starts to feel s ...more
Tamora Pierce
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-ya-yr
Amanda, Queen Bee of her middle school, has a fatal flaw. If she feels sorry for someone, she ends up inside that person, living their life, feeling their emotions. She compensates by being mean to everyone, and feels safe, until the day she feels sorry for stoop-shouldered, soft-spoken, forever-at-the-ladder's-bottom Tracey--and wakes up as Tracey, the forgotten older sister of septuplets. She also learns Tracey has a strange gift--no one ever sees her. Even when they should see her, no one see ...more
Clare Cannon
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 13-15yrs
A little predictable, but a fairly harmless book about nine students with extraordinary abilities who learn to use their 'gifts' to help others.

Mean queen Amanda suddenly becomes the people she feels sorry for, which is why she fears being kind to anyone. But she slips up and becomes school nobody Tracey Devon who has practically disappeared from everyone's notice since the arrival of her septuplet siblings.

Amanda is snobbish and excessively patronising, but she does try to make Tracey stand u
Clare Cannon
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13+ reluctant readers
Shelves: 13-15yrs, one-day
A little predictable, but a fairly harmless book about nine students with extraordinary abilities who learn to use their 'gifts' to help others. Mean queen Amanda suddenly becomes the people she feels sorry for, which is why she fears being kind to anyone. But she slips up and becomes school nobody Tracey Devon who has practically disappeared from everyone's notice since the arrival of her septuplet siblings. Amanda is snobbish and excessively patronising, but she does try to make Tracey stand u ...more
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it
this was a bit of a let down...with the recent surge of paranormal for teens and adults alike i had high expectations....i should have a. found out more about the book and b. gotten as many of the books that are currently published to read all at one time...this was the very beginning and the storyline line definitely needs to be continued in subsequent books cause there was little resolution...the main character didn't grow at all...the main conflict was resolved with a blow to the head that se ...more
Kavi (kit kat)
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
13 year old Amanda Beeson has a secret. She is gifted. Every time she feels sorry for someone, her soul gets trapped in that person's body. The only way to get out is to make things better for them. The newest victim of Amanda is Tracy Devon, who is ignored at school, and even at home. As soon as Amanda gets trapped inside Tracy's body, she finds out that she is not the only one who is gifted.

The gifted series consist of 6 fun-to-read books. All about different kids who have different gifts. I
Tytiana Belton
Gifted is about 9 teenagers who go to the same school and are in this gifted class because they have extraordinary powers. Amanda Beeson is "The Queen Bee" at Meadowbrook Middle School. Amanda Beeson is a body snatcher, well technically she doesn't want to be but she is. Amanda is cruel to everyone she meets because if she starts to feel sorry for them then she will literally be in their shoes. In the book she starts to feel sorry for Tracey Devon and the next morning she woke up as her. She soo ...more
I'm usually not one to read books involving Queen Bees and characters who are in middle school, but to my surprise, I got absorbed in the book and finished it in one sitting.
Without giving anything away, the characters in 'Gifted' are people who have interesting back stories and unique personalities, which remain unexplored and make each of them mysterious. I hope to learn more about each in later books.
It had a great anti-climax, but not the greatest climax. I felt dissatisfied with this, but o
Tiger Reader
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
i liked this book because it was relatable and unreal at the same time.its really annoying though,because each chapter it switches between two characters in the has great details and some drama.overall it was a very good book.
Victoria Lovell
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading I became very interested in finding out about the characters like what their "gift" is.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this so much.
YA fantasy, middle school and all that drama, predictability.
Except... I kinda liked it. And read the next two books in the series.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an easy, enjoyable early teen read. Set in a modern day middle school, this book follows a 13 year of Queen of Mean, Amanda, as she accidentally inhabits the body of a nobody girl in her grade, Tracey. Amanda learns that Tracey (and several other kids at her school) have special powers that make them Gifted.

The story itself spends more time developing the inner selves of the characters than any true world building. At the end of the book we don't know anything about why these students h
Keira Silavong
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and enjoyed that the main character, Amanda, wasn't just the conventional nice girl that you can easily relate to. I also enjoyed the depth to her character and the switch to perspectives that allowed me to view Amanda from both her own mind and someone else's.
Overall a great book and I really look forward to getting my hands on the next book, especially as I read and finished this one in one evening. ;)
Angela Jakimovska
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked this book but realized its ment for somebody younger them me. The plot is interesting and not too over done. The characters thought are verry stereotypical. You have a mean queen, the goth, the weird kid, the popular guy and more stereotypical categories found in most schools. As a first book from a sequal is good. It keeps you hanging and wanting more but not verry much. Clearly its is ment for preteens and early teens. Not really my style but still enjoyed it.
Dana Decker
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and plan on continuing with the series. I've been in a reading slump but this was an easy fast read that got me excited to dive back into my TBR stack. This is a middle grade book. Its the story of the super popular mean girl having to come to terms with the fact that she has more in common with the "nerds and freaks" than she would like to admit. Learn the story of several kids journey to learn how to use and control their gifts.
Cody Ray
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up randomly at the library on a lazy Saturday and finished it at home later that day. Takes you back to middle school bullying and other issues, wrapped in a bit of intrigue about "those other kids" (who, in this case, are actually gifted).
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