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Things Not Seen (Things #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  22,431 Ratings  ·  1,706 Reviews
Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old-boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can't see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming-Bobby is just plain invisible. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby's new condition; even his dad the physicist can't figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He's a missing person. Then he ...more
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Published April 1st 2006 by Puffin Books (first published March 4th 2002)
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Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It never stopped being weird to me that the invisible teenager spends most of the book hanging around naked in public next to a girl he has a crush on.

The other interesting detail that stuck with me: invisible poo only stays invisible for a little while. Does that count as a spoiler?
Jul 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an imaginitive modern day science fiction story (more science than fiction) about a boy who wakes up one morning to find himself invisible and befriends a recently blind girl who can relate to this newfound unusual disability.
I found this a great book overall. Unlike some books for young adults, this book was not predictable for adults. Although the gravity of the situation of a missing child and the impact on his parents needed to be emphasised to a younger reader, it does not take awa
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
A fun & wonderful read! I loved this book from start to brilliant finish! Things Not Seen is an interesting, creative and I believe successful way to introduce disability to teens and adults. Bobby Phillips wakes up one morning and is invisible; throughout the book invisibility is shown to parallel living with a disability. One passage early in the book says: "... it's not like I've got the chicken pox or the flu or something. This is completely...different, and it's happening to me, and it ...more
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an under-appreciated young-adult classic. An everyboy named Bobby wakes up one morning to find himself invisible. But his biggest concern isn't how to use this new power for good or evil; it's simply how to get back to his normal life. The characters are all incredibly well written, and Bobby's thoughts are engaging and familiar, or at least they would be if I'd ever been invisible. Though it has a few bits of sci-fi in it--mainly centering around Bobby becoming invisible, and attem ...more
Gabby R.
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Clements really kept this interesting and reallistic. If it was a series, I would have devoured it in a few days.
This book surprises - the idea of an invisible boy seemed too far-fetched for a novel that would otherwise fit into the catagory of realistic fiction. But Clements finds a way, in the creation of Bobby's relationship with Alicia, to make this a story that digs deeper into other issues about invisibility. When will Bobby's parents stop ignoring him to see him for who he really is? Who sees Alicia for who she really is now that she's blind, and what can she now "see"? This was a good choice for di ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent SF for teens? A fable for all ages about people who are "different" - ? An adventure for MG readers? Never mind the labels, just read it. I did, twice, and now I'm going to read the second, which I own, and try to find the third....

(But don't worry if you don't want to start a series - the first stands alone just fine.)
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely breathtakingly amazing. Epic!!!!! There's a second one and I HAVE to get it now. My soul can't go on without the next book!!!!!!
Seahee Park
Clearly by looking at other books Clements wrote are for children or teens. However, myself not being a children nor a teen, reading his book, 'Things Not Seen' was definately not just another teen book from Clements.

At first, when I read about two or three chapters I thought this book will be about an avarage teenager looking for the real meaning of life and becoming more mature. (You know just another kid book thing) However, as I flipped through the book, there were more meanings to it.

Of c
Cassandra Barboza
Almost anyone can relate to the feeling of being invisible, of being ignored. But can anyone know what it's truly like to become invisible. This book is a book for younger children but it nevertheless brings to perspective the reality of the world we live in today. We have parents that don't completely know their children because they lead such busy schedules and a society where being handicapped can mean being ostracized and becoming invisible.

Bobby wakes up one morning, invisible. No one can s
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The three star review has nothing to do with my not enjoying the book. I enjoyed it immensely. It is for a younger audience, though, and there were some aspects that I think could have been improved. Primarily, I think that Bobby's voice is very appealing and would be even more so to a reader equal in age to him. However, I think that the portrayal of Bobby's relationship with his parents was a bit overdone. I understand that angst is a big part of adolescent life, but his parents were obviously ...more
Makenzie Lienemann
Fifteen year-old Bobby Philips was your average-nobody. He walked through the halls of his preparatory school day in and day out without a single bat of the eye. Until one day, when he didn't even notice himself. He wasn't blind, and he definitely wasn't dead; he was invisible. His parents were frantic, as any parent would be, when their child up and vanishes. Bobby's dad was a scientist, and new that every effect has a cause, and if they could figure the cause out they could reverse the effect. ...more
David Center
The outside reading book I chose to read is the book things not seen by Andrew Clements.I chose to read this book because it look very interseting even the tittle of the book made me want to know more about this story. In this review I will summerize, tell you my recondemnation, and give you my evaluation of the book Things Not Seen.

This book is about a young boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one day and cannot see him self in the mirror. He thinks maybe it is just his eye sight but he wou
There are times in life that we might feel invisible to the world.

For teenager Bobby Phillips, this is quite literal.

Waking up one day and discovering that he can’t be seen, he begins to question how this could have possibly happened. With the help of his parents, he tries to figure out just why he would suddenly “disappear” one day without cause. His parents keep his school in the dark as to Bobby’s condition as they look for a cure. Bobby soon learns that being invisible isn’t as fun or easy
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I read because my daughter insisted on it. I should listen to her more often. Bobby is a young boy who becomes invisible one day. His physicist father and English professor mother decide to keep it a secret. Unfortunately, they are involved in a car accident that keeps them away from home for several days. Bobby must fend for himself and “stay out of sight” until his parents can help him find out why he is invisible. Of course, as any fifteen year old would do, Bobby decides to tr ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Things Not Seen” tells about a boy named Bobby Phillips, who wakes up one morning and can’t see himself in the mirror! He understands he’s invisible…

Bobby can’t go to school or meet with any of his friends. One day he goes to the library, and he meets a blind girl named Alicia. Alicia doesn’t know he is invisible and that is why Bobby trusts her so much. Things start to get complicated when the school starts wondering why Bobby has been absent for so long, and why his parents are not willing t
Tiffany Neal
I've been using this book as a read aloud for the past couple years, and every year, the kids beg me not to put it down. It starts off with a bang and sucks the kiddos in immediately, and Bobby (snarky teenage boy) is a relatable character for most of my students.

Although the story gets a bit bogged down (as a read aloud) with all the technicalities and scientific mumbo-jumbo in the middle-end, it doesn't seem to bother the kids much and they enjoy it all - all except for the small love interes
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book with my students has been wonderful! It is a very interesting topic and creates wonderful visual images. Many laughs at the awkward situations and the imagination goes wild, often creating giggles! Really fascination discussions and a huge sense of logic created by the possibilities of being invisible. Loved the book when I read it with my own children years ago, and love it again reading it with my students. Somebody needs to write the screen play and create a movie, this woul ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. The conflict of the story would never happen in real life, but the way the author shows how the main character struggles, it seems very real. You will connect with the main character, Bobby Phillips as he tells his story. Along the way, he makes an unexpected friend who sees the real him. That's one thing I didn't enjoy about the book - it's too cliche. Besides that one fault, the story is very well written and actually portrays a normal teenager without overdoing it. You s ...more
Trina Marie
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"You know how Hemingway writes? He couldn't write about this girl's face. Because he'd say something like, "It was a pretty face." And that wouldn't be enough. This face needs someone like Dickens, or maybe Tolstoy. Someone who'd take a whole page and spend some time on her eyebrows and her cheeks, or maybe notice the shape of her mouth when she's concentrating."
Cierra and Alexa Petersen
I loved this book I recommend it if you like fictional stories that seem real! This is one of my top ten favorite books! The rest of the series (Things that are #2)(Things hoped for #3)
this was my favorite book when i was a kid. must've read it 30 times. i'll reread it one of these days.
C.B. Cook
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book! One of my absolute favorites! :D
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AH. I loved this book!

Review to come.
Ms. B
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You think you have problems?? What if you woke up one morning to find out that you were invisible? That's what happens to Bobby in this unusual story.
Things Not Seen was a strange book, to say the least. It definitely made you think (especially at the end), but it just wasn't written well.
For example, the main character seemed juvenile. He couldn't possibly be fifteen years old, with the way he thinks. I mean (view spoiler)
Jul 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bobby Phillips is a normal teenager. Neither popular nor unpopular in school, he argues with his parents, dislikes his private school, gets ignored by the popular girls. But Bobby Phillips has a problem. A big one. One morning after his shower Bobby notices something peculiar when looking in the mirror. Nothing. Bobby Phillips is now officially, literally, invisible.

This novel is great for many levels of readers. Even struggling readers can follow along and appreciate Bobby's dilemma as he tries
É O'Conghaile
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this many years ago. I'm not sure I even finished it up to now. But I do remember the story of a boy who becomes invisible and makes friends with a cool blind girl. Both characters are avid readers, which is a good role model in a book. Though I didn't remember much beyond the first few chapters, I did remember quite enjoying the writing style. It was simple enough for my mind at the time to process, while engaging enough not to have bored me. Despite not being able to describe *why* I en ...more
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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