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You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend.

Lots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak -- he gets beat up after school, and the girl of his dreams calls him a worm. Doug's only refuge is creating an elaborate bridge for the model railroad in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow, a popular football star who could date any girl in school. Doug and Andy talk about everything -- except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back.

It does not matter to Andy that we live in completely different realities. I'm Andy's best friend. It does not matter to Andy that we hardly ever actually do anything together.

As Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own reality, long-buried secrets threaten to destroy both Doug and Andy -- and everything else in Doug's fragile world.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on
ISBN: 9781439107041
List price: $9.99
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nice but an awful cliffhanger.felt so frustratedmore
Invisible by Pete Hautman illustrates a relationship of two young guys who are completely opposite but are the best of friends. Building train models helps Doug with what he is going through and keeps his mind at ease. His parents make him see a counselor, which he feels is a waste: " Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit" says Doug. "Why" his mom replies, "Because I do not need help" (pg. 22). Throughout the middle Doug faces many obstacles but preservers through them with Andy's advice. However, the two friends have a big secret and as the story progresses Dougie reveals more and more. By the end, Doug remembers everything that happened the day Andy and him spent time together and is troubled with coping that he lost his best friend that day; the whole time Andy was just a figment of his imagination or was he really there… (160/160)more
this book was really good. i liked how it slowly unwinds to the killer sence where the guy finally confesses about who really called the police and how they finally telll us that the guys best friend has been dead the entire time and he has been imagining the whole book.more
Invisible is about a teenager named Douglas. He's like the person at school that nobody likes because of how he is. He gets into all sorts of trouble with his best friend Andy. Who is really popular at school but Douglas's parents don't want Douglas to hang around him. The overall book was allright but I didn't really like Douglas but the surprise ending was pretty good.more
Doug and Andy are friends. Doug is eccentric and is building a elaborate trains set. Doug withdraws more and more. He draws a D and S. As the story progresses the D and S evolve into something m ore sininster. Doug finally finds his reality when he realizes Andy has died in a fire trying to retrieve something for Doug a couple of years earlier.more
Invisible is the story of a boy and his best friend. Although the two are polar opposites, they grow up together and remain loyal to each other even in high school. However, there is a secret they have and Dougie, the main character, reveals more and more about the secret as the story progresses.What begins as an ordinary story about a teen and his best friend turns into a twisting puzzle that highlights the emotional damage from which some may never recover.Invisible is a quick read with an end that doesn't disappoint.more
Whoa...disturbing. but it was good. i really like this author. the first one i read of his was "Godless" which i really enjoyed. i have not been let down yet!more
Doug and Andy are best friends, even though Andy's a popular jock and Doug spends all of his free time building a model train bridge out of matchsticks.Psychological tale about two young boys who have an accident and the pain it causes one of them.more
Short yet very well written. I enjoyed figuring out what was going on here in Dougie's world. Hard to put downmore
Reminded me a little of I am the Cheese. The boy in the story is living in a fantasy world. He has one friend, who is very cool and popular. He is obssessed with his train platform.The main character can hardly relate to anyone his age. He is stalking the prettiest girl in school. He has huge problems. We find out why later in the book as ther pieces of the puzzle come together.more
This was a very well executed book. The writing was excellent and suspenseful. The ending was absolutely chilling. I don't see how Hautman could have done a better job with this novel.more
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nice but an awful cliffhanger.felt so frustratedmore
Invisible by Pete Hautman illustrates a relationship of two young guys who are completely opposite but are the best of friends. Building train models helps Doug with what he is going through and keeps his mind at ease. His parents make him see a counselor, which he feels is a waste: " Dr. Ahlstrom is not helping me one bit" says Doug. "Why" his mom replies, "Because I do not need help" (pg. 22). Throughout the middle Doug faces many obstacles but preservers through them with Andy's advice. However, the two friends have a big secret and as the story progresses Dougie reveals more and more. By the end, Doug remembers everything that happened the day Andy and him spent time together and is troubled with coping that he lost his best friend that day; the whole time Andy was just a figment of his imagination or was he really there… (160/160)more
this book was really good. i liked how it slowly unwinds to the killer sence where the guy finally confesses about who really called the police and how they finally telll us that the guys best friend has been dead the entire time and he has been imagining the whole book.more
Invisible is about a teenager named Douglas. He's like the person at school that nobody likes because of how he is. He gets into all sorts of trouble with his best friend Andy. Who is really popular at school but Douglas's parents don't want Douglas to hang around him. The overall book was allright but I didn't really like Douglas but the surprise ending was pretty good.more
Doug and Andy are friends. Doug is eccentric and is building a elaborate trains set. Doug withdraws more and more. He draws a D and S. As the story progresses the D and S evolve into something m ore sininster. Doug finally finds his reality when he realizes Andy has died in a fire trying to retrieve something for Doug a couple of years earlier.more
Invisible is the story of a boy and his best friend. Although the two are polar opposites, they grow up together and remain loyal to each other even in high school. However, there is a secret they have and Dougie, the main character, reveals more and more about the secret as the story progresses.What begins as an ordinary story about a teen and his best friend turns into a twisting puzzle that highlights the emotional damage from which some may never recover.Invisible is a quick read with an end that doesn't disappoint.more
Whoa...disturbing. but it was good. i really like this author. the first one i read of his was "Godless" which i really enjoyed. i have not been let down yet!more
Doug and Andy are best friends, even though Andy's a popular jock and Doug spends all of his free time building a model train bridge out of matchsticks.Psychological tale about two young boys who have an accident and the pain it causes one of them.more
Short yet very well written. I enjoyed figuring out what was going on here in Dougie's world. Hard to put downmore
Reminded me a little of I am the Cheese. The boy in the story is living in a fantasy world. He has one friend, who is very cool and popular. He is obssessed with his train platform.The main character can hardly relate to anyone his age. He is stalking the prettiest girl in school. He has huge problems. We find out why later in the book as ther pieces of the puzzle come together.more
This was a very well executed book. The writing was excellent and suspenseful. The ending was absolutely chilling. I don't see how Hautman could have done a better job with this novel.more
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