Thursday, September 24, 2009

Invisible I by Stella Lennon

[description from Amazon]

Amanda Valentino changed everything.

Callie Leary has exactly one thing, and one thing only, in common with Nia Rivera and Hal Bennett: They were each chosen by Amanda to be her guide. When Amanda arrived at Endeavor High, she told Callie she moves around a lot and always picks one person to help her navigate the choppy waters of a new school. Why did Amanda lie?

Following a course that they suspect Amanda deliberately plotted, Callie, Nia, and Hal piece together some cryptic clues. But they find more questions than answers and quickly realize that before they can figure out what happened to Amanda—the girl who changed their lives—they'll need to solve the most important mystery of all: Who is Amanda Valentino?


Before I officially begin this review, let me explain The Amanda Project (the series this book is the first in): The Amanda Project is an interactive series, complete with its own website that allows people to become their own character and tell stories they "know" about the missing girl, Amanda. Storylines people come up with on the website could possibly be used in later books in the series. There are going to be 8 books, all written by, I assume, 8 different authors. Stella Lennon is a pseudonym for all 8 authors of the books. Melissa Kantor wrote Invisible I. Books 2 and 3 will be written by Peter Silsbee and Laurie Faria Stolar, respectively, and be from the perspective of different characters.

And now that that's out of the way...

There's no denying that Invisible I and The Amanda Project has an innovative and unique concept. I'm sure the online content a heavier role in later novels in the series, as this book, like many other first books in a series, is pretty much all set-up. The narrator of this novel is Callie, one of the popular girls who was secret friends with Amanda. She was an entertaining, if a bit boring, narrator, but successfully introduces her family, characters, and the incredibly bizarre and secretive Amanda. Callie has an interesting past, specifically with her mysterious family problems. I know she has plenty of other secrets about her time as an I-Girl (aka popular girl) and time as Amanda's friend, which keeps her interesting. It's just that her voice really is nothing special- most of the time she sounds like a narrator, not a person. Like she's a movie narrator or something. This series is more plot centered, yes, but I don't think a little character development is too much to ask for.

I love the plot of this book- I'm a sucker for mysteries. And I definitely think this book has something good going on. Amanda is such a fascinating character, with all her totem beliefs and whatnot. (I really don't know how to explain that stuff.) Amanda is like a mastermind- she tricked Callie, Hal, and Nia using completely different stories- and it seems like she is craeting this mystery just so the characters can solve it. She's a fascinating character, and I hope more stories about her show up in later books. I can't wait to see what clues she planted before she disappeared, and how the characters solve them.

And I have to mention all the doodles on many of the pages- they're super cute and fun. I love pictures in books.

Invisible I is a bit slow to start with all the set up and such, but it's a good start to The Amanda Project series. I'm eager to see where the series is headed.


Links: The Amanda Project site



  1. I read and reviewed this one too! I actually just posted my review uh..I think yesterday? lol. My days are running together, all this fun on vacation! haha.

    I'm really looking forward to reading more of this series.

  2. Nice review. I just got this for review yesterday and it's good to know it's a fun mystery!