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 building elaborate model trains. Doug's only refuge is building elaborate model trains in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow. Andy is nothing like Doug: He's a popular football star who could date any girl in school.
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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 building elaborate model trains. Doug's only refuge is building elaborate model trains in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow.
Andy is nothing like Doug: He's a popular football star who could date any girl in school. Despite their differences, Doug and Andy talk about everything -- except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back. As Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own world, long-buried secrets come to light -- and the more he tries to keep them invisible, the looser his grip on reality becomes.
In this fierce, disturbing novel, Pete Hautman spins a poignant tale about inner demons, and how far one boy will go to control them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Invisible by Pete Hautman.
Invisible by Pete Hautman. 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 I guess you could say that I'm not only disturbed, I'm obsessed. Doug's only refuge is building elaborate model trains You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 28th by Simon Pulse first published June 1st More Details Original Title.
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See 2 questions about Invisible…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Invisible. Feb 22, Crystal rated it it was amazing. Okay, so I did get one thing right. I enjoyed this as a fan of the author and of psychology. Apr 26, Joe rated it liked it Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fast, creepy read.
Shelves: realistic-fiction , borrowed-library , young-adult. Five years ago I read Hautman's Mr. A student of mine recommended it to me. The book was weird Far less likeable. In fact, I'd argue that Hautman missed the boat completely with Dougie, the narrator. Dougie is clearly a disturbed individual, but Hautman peppers him with cloying asides and "quirks" that come of Five years ago I read Hautman's Mr.
Dougie is clearly a disturbed individual, but Hautman peppers him with cloying asides and "quirks" that come off as a third-rate Christopher Swindon from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. It becomes tiresome. The central concept of Invisible is embarrassingly apparent by page 25; even if you figure it out, don't give up.
Knowing the twist added to the suspense: I constantly wondered how Hautman would tie it all together. He does. And he doesn't. What saves Invisible from being a wash is Hatuman's pacing: it is terrifically unnerving.
The chapters are short and taut, infused with a sinister edge that is typically unfound in YA novels. The book mercilessly bullets toward its denouement and skids to a satisfyingly oblique ending that neither absolves or completely punishes the actions of its characters. Apr 08, Loveliest Evaris rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mental Illness lit circle books. Shelves: personal-favorite , teen-issues , ya-novels , mental-illness , worth-rereading. I've decided to write a small review in light of the fact I chose to re-read this book for my English class's literature circle.
Doug is a socially awkward, literal-minded middle school student who is basically ignored by everyone but a super popular kid in his own grade named Andy. Doug asserts himself when he says that he and Andy are like this -- crosses fingers But there's more to Doug's relationship with Andy than meets the eye, and as your read on, you'll find I've decided to write a small review in light of the fact I chose to re-read this book for my English class's literature circle. But there's more to Doug's relationship with Andy than meets the eye, and as your read on, you'll find that there's something dark and sinister and potentially lethal he's hidden so far away within himself that even he has forgotten, forgotten about the "Tuttle Incident" I also thought that what people saw as symptoms of schizophrenia him more than likely seeing Andy as a hallucination was to me just a case of PTSD from the Tuttle incident, his mind's way of coping with the fact that Andy is dead and gone from his life, or simply just an illusion that Doug sees everyday without having warning bells go off in his head like say, veterans with PTSD would have.
But to each his own.. I think this is my own idea, I doubt anyone has interpreted Doug's undeniable mental illness as him being autistic with a dash of PTSD, but this sort of diagnostic thing isn't my forte, plus stuff like this overlaps, doesn't it?
It's really guessing in my opinion, but whatevers! Ahem, Doug's dad never "rawred", I just added that for the funsies :D Anyways, his mother is scatterbrained, and Doug himself is an obsessive little mite by himself. Plus he doesn't take his medication! Idiot child! You don't ever stop taking your medication! Even if it does more harm than good--in your stupid, child's opinion. Have you done at least 10 years of research and training to be able to perscribe people medication for their problems?
Then don't stop taking them. I don't care if they make you super sleepy like horse tranquilizers, take them, wait until the next appointment, and then say, "Hey quack, these things are shit, fo' realz yo. I need me something a little lighter, kno' what I'm sayin'?
I highly recommend for literature circles that focus on "Mental Illness" as the theme. When I look at the very last one for too long I feel queasy and my eyes go funny.. He was an artist and loved to paint kitties. This link will show you his descent into madness, and how his artwork reflects the corruption of his senses View 2 comments. Jun 25, Brian Herrera added it Shelves: ya-contemporary-young-adult.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Where Doug is what the gorgeous Melissa Haverman calls a "worm," Andy is one of the most popular boys in school -- a football star who's also successful in drama and on student council.
When Dougie gets caught "peeping" on Melissa Haverman, his life begins to get a little more complicated and not even his friendship with Andy seems able to get him through. But what's excellent about it is that, once you figure out what's happening, knowledge of the mystery only amplifies the poignancy and urgency of the story. It's an artful move -- to have this twist work on both sides. The narrative is captivating enough if you haven't figured it out, yet casts everything in a totally different light once you do.
Really well-crafted. Permits a kind of empathy for Doug's situation even as it productively exploits the mental illness aspects for their narrative utility.
Invisible (Hautman novel)
Review by Linda M. For National Book Award-winning author Pete Hautman, the experience of writing his latest young adult novel, Invisible , was an intense and unusually speedy one. The author says most of his books take several years to write, but when he got the idea for Invisible , I wrote the first draft in five weeks. I was almost obsessed. He adds, In a sick, depressing way, it was a joy to write. That's quite a caveat, but an understandable one: the narrator of Invisible is Doug Hanson, a witty kid with a knack for model-railroad building and a host of disturbing hobbies and behaviors, including an unhealthy fascination with fire and an unsavory habit of spying on a female classmate. Despite Doug's moral lapses and odd behaviors, Hautman succeeds in making him a sympathetic character.
The strength of Hautman's Godless painfully sad novel is the wisecracking but clearly unreliable voice of its narrator, year-old Douglas MacArthur Hanson who admits, "I'm not only disturbed, I'm obsessed. He's also fixated on a pretty girl who clearly wants nothing to do with him. And he's overly reliant on his only friend, Andy Morrow, a fellow junior who is the popular and outgoing yang to Dougie's outcast and introverted yin. Hautman expertly teases out the truth about a tragic incident that occurred "at the Tuttle place" three years earlier, a mystery that propels the story to its horrific conclusion.
Douglas Hanson, or Dougie as he is referred to by his best friend, begins the story by talking about his best and only friend , Andrew Andy Morrow. Athletic and popular, Andy is very different from socially inept Dougie, yet the two find things to talk about. However, as the story progresses it becomes evident that Andy and Dougie's friendship is not what it seems to be at first. Dougie also is suicidal and has an obsession with a train set he inherited from his grandfather. He creates, a town involving the trains, called Madham and obsessively builds a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge using match sticks in the basement of his parents home. Dougie appears to be unaware he has some form of mental illness potentially PTSD , autism , schizophrenia , pyromania , although what type of mental illness he struggles with is never discussed.
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