Book Review: Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone

We had the pleasure of reviewing the new books for teen girls, Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone.





Without giving too much away, the story is about a sweet, but physically abused girl who is sent to stay with another family in Los Angeles while her Dad tries to finish up school.  We see her struggle to make new friends, meet boys and start in a school far from home.

Publisher Summary:
When poor Boston girl, Stephanie, is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie’s Los Angeles family, she feels anyting but at home.  Her dark complexion and shabby clothes stick out inthe golden-hued world of blonds and extravagance.  These are girls who seem to live life in fastforward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause.  Yet when a new rival moves to town, threatening Annie’s queen-bee status, Stephanie finds herself taking sides in a battle she never even knew existed, and that feeling invisible is a wound that can only be healed by standing up for who she is.

What We Thought:

We loved the book! Although parts were incredibly sad, the main character Stephanie is a part of all of us.  Mary Hanlon Stone has an amazing grasp of how teens talk and most importantly the subtly cruel world that teen girls have to grow-up in.  We also loved that the positive messages through-out the book did not infringe on the reality of the teen world.

Who is this for?

We would recommend it for:

  • Teen Girls
  • Tween Girls
  • Mother/Daughter book clubs
  • Parents and adults who want to get an idea of the subtle, but oh-so-crucial rules of the teen social world.

Teen Reviewer Quote:

Our teen reviewer said:

“Stephanie is a wonderful character.  You are always routing for her, but totally understand where she is coming from when she makes her mistakes.  We have all been there.  I also liked that the author tackled the really tough subjects of abuse and alcoholism in a way that was sensitive and honest.  Great read for summer!”

-Rita, 14, Los Angeles, CA

One Response to “Book Review: Invisible Girl by Mary Hanlon Stone”

  1. nicole jordan
    July 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    I read this book for fun over summer vacation when i went to the beach and i dont normaly read unless its for school i loved it immediately i got sucked into the story. It’s one of the best books that ive ever read i’m definately going to read it over and over until i cand repeat all the lines thats just a small example of how much i love it. some times in the story i just wanted to jump into the book like on blues clues and tell stephanie to do this, not to do this and andrew i just want to slap him some times.

    It’s the same story of the mean girls, the cute boys, the outcast, but with more teen/adult twists to a kids story.recomended for 7th, 8th graders and up.
    Take it from an 8th grader i’d definately recomend this to my friends

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