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Invisible Emmie PDF, ePub eBook This is the story of two totally different girls—quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Idarah

    A graphic novel after my own heart! Where were these books when I was in middle school, hiding out in the library during lunch? It reminded me so much of the movie Sixteen Candles, which had such a special place in my heart when I discovered it at the age of thirteen. Emmie is such a dear character. She takes solace in being the invisible girl in school. Inside though, she's teeming with observations and artistry, and secretly longs to be like the ever popular Katie, who naturally smells of "rai A graphic novel after my own heart! Where were these books when I was in middle school, hiding out in the library during lunch? It reminded me so much of the movie Sixteen Candles, which had such a special place in my heart when I discovered it at the age of thirteen. Emmie is such a dear character. She takes solace in being the invisible girl in school. Inside though, she's teeming with observations and artistry, and secretly longs to be like the ever popular Katie, who naturally smells of "rainbow goodness" even after sweaty gym class. I can totally relate! I even do that now sometimes. Highly recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    emma

    there's a lot of weird stuff going on in this book. like, a lot of body shaming? b/c you're never too young to learn that your societal worth is based on the weight of your flesh prison. also there's this weird thing in the prologue where someone's made fun of for "ha[ving] some kind of disability." which is so next-level f*cked up that it's impossible to make excuses for. also, not a lot of general acceptance for a middle school book. this book is literally exclusively about one girl's path to s there's a lot of weird stuff going on in this book. like, a lot of body shaming? b/c you're never too young to learn that your societal worth is based on the weight of your flesh prison. also there's this weird thing in the prologue where someone's made fun of for "ha[ving] some kind of disability." which is so next-level f*cked up that it's impossible to make excuses for. also, not a lot of general acceptance for a middle school book. this book is literally exclusively about one girl's path to self-acceptance, even as that girl is really garbage to those around her??? constantly making fun of people for smelling bad, acting a certain way, the way they look. middle school is hard regardless, dude. cut a kid a break. the ending made up for some of the other stuff i previously disliked about this book, though, so. two stars. yippee. bottom line: this is a next-level quick read, but also you should read essentially any other middle grade novel before this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dov Zeller

    Emmie is a quiet kid. She goes through her days at school doing her best to avoid attention. She has one close friend who goes to the same school, and when they're not together, she's pretty much drawing a lot and trying to blend in with the scenery. And then something happens that brings her quite a bit of unwanted attention. And she's forced to go through a very rough day at school and face some of her fears. I suppose she learns that kids in middle school aren't always what they seem. before t Emmie is a quiet kid. She goes through her days at school doing her best to avoid attention. She has one close friend who goes to the same school, and when they're not together, she's pretty much drawing a lot and trying to blend in with the scenery. And then something happens that brings her quite a bit of unwanted attention. And she's forced to go through a very rough day at school and face some of her fears. I suppose she learns that kids in middle school aren't always what they seem. before the troubling event, kids seem to Emmie like one-dimensional terrifying creatures who can be defined by just one word: popular, brainy, stinky (according to Emmie), nerdy, cute, etc. Sometimes when you're so worried about how other people do or don't see you, you forget to really try to see them. So, Emmie learns a bit about people maybe not being quite as scary as she thought? And this is a book about pushing past some fears and connecting with other kids? This is a tough one to rate. It's really uneven. The opening was kind of awful and I almost put it down before I was half-way through. then I started to care a little bit more about Emmie and her predicament. It's not that I can't relate to Emmie's experiences in middle school. I can. I just didn't entirely relate to her as a character, and the structure of the book was a bit distracting. Basically, there are two narratives that alternate through the book. I thought one was Emmie's journal and one comics Emmie was writing about someone else in her class. and the whole alternating business was a bit distracting. there's a bit of a 'big reveal' at the end when the truth about the alternating stories is addressed (I won't say more as I don't want to go spoilering...) It wasn't all that interesting or satisfying conceptually or narratively speaking. One thing I really appreciate is how well Libenson captures how wildly stressful and painful difficult social situations can seem when you're that age, and how much courage it can take just to get through an afternoon. And how things that seem like the end of the world can sometimes lead to new beginnings.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joie

    This was adorable! I wish I had this book when I was in middle school. (I also loved that Emmie loved the library and felt safe and comfortable there! Woo!) I can't wait to pass this along to my 7th graders this year!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Davianna

    Didn't see the end coming but I've never been able to lol. I feel like this book is more accurate to us shy folks and maybe those of us with a little (a lot) bit of social anxiety. I remember elementary school (before homeschool) was a hard time for me and I'd read to avoid talking to people, of course all the teachers loved me because I was quiet too. I wish I had this book when I was in school, I finished this in public of all places and nearly cried my eyes out because it brought back all my Didn't see the end coming but I've never been able to lol. I feel like this book is more accurate to us shy folks and maybe those of us with a little (a lot) bit of social anxiety. I remember elementary school (before homeschool) was a hard time for me and I'd read to avoid talking to people, of course all the teachers loved me because I was quiet too. I wish I had this book when I was in school, I finished this in public of all places and nearly cried my eyes out because it brought back all my memories of those horrible stomach knots before and during school and everything Emmie went through her daily school day just mirrored my own and I even had a bossy best friend and I'm off topic so I'll just conclude with___ READ THIS YOU'LL LOVE IT FOREVER!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dreaday

    I really liked this one quite a bit-- possibly because I am quiet, shy, awkward, and like to read, much like the main character. She's easy to identify with, and her parents' hilarious antics, their quirks mentioned in brief asides, seem like sweet, lovable characters. But that aside, the illustrations are great (especially the unnecessary labeling of things happening in the background), the jokes land (even/especially the callbacks), and the twist ending is empowering. Considering how much Raina I really liked this one quite a bit-- possibly because I am quiet, shy, awkward, and like to read, much like the main character. She's easy to identify with, and her parents' hilarious antics, their quirks mentioned in brief asides, seem like sweet, lovable characters. But that aside, the illustrations are great (especially the unnecessary labeling of things happening in the background), the jokes land (even/especially the callbacks), and the twist ending is empowering. Considering how much Raina Telgemeier sold, I really hope this book gets the marketing campaign it deserves. I think it could become a bestseller given the opportunity.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    Such a relatable, quick, easy read. Just what I needed after my last intense read before I pick up a new book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Emmie is the Invisible Girl, and Katie is one of the most popular girls in school. Yet their lives intersect in the strangest of ways on Emmie's worst day. Color me very intrigued by this middle grade graphic novel. I enjoyed the way the text was interspersed with the comics, and I enjoyed how the two girls' lives were drawn. Emmie's was text and graphics, with the illustrations muted, more stick figurey, while Katie's were bold, vivacious and dramatic multi-panel comics to show how wonderful her Emmie is the Invisible Girl, and Katie is one of the most popular girls in school. Yet their lives intersect in the strangest of ways on Emmie's worst day. Color me very intrigued by this middle grade graphic novel. I enjoyed the way the text was interspersed with the comics, and I enjoyed how the two girls' lives were drawn. Emmie's was text and graphics, with the illustrations muted, more stick figurey, while Katie's were bold, vivacious and dramatic multi-panel comics to show how wonderful her life was. Tbh, Katie was annoying as hell, with her constant confidence and perfection at literally everything, but I will have to admit that I did not see that twist coming. This has been compared to Smile and the Awkward series, but I think it was probably closer to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, except that Emmie is not actually trying to become popular but just wants to maintain the status quo (or maybe just gain the confidence to talk to people better). Content warning: ableist slurs (stupid, crazy, comments about cognitive disabilities, Hellen Keller joke)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful. At 24 years old, I may be slightly embarrassed to say there was a part in this book where I almost cried, solely because Emmie reminds me so much of myself (both now and at 13). This was the book I needed to read in 6th grade at the start of middle school. I loved Emmie's snippy commentary, the close-to-home details in the illustrations, and the cast of characters. I was a little put-off by Katie's "too perfect" characterization but the ending was beautiful and tie Beautiful beautiful beautiful. At 24 years old, I may be slightly embarrassed to say there was a part in this book where I almost cried, solely because Emmie reminds me so much of myself (both now and at 13). This was the book I needed to read in 6th grade at the start of middle school. I loved Emmie's snippy commentary, the close-to-home details in the illustrations, and the cast of characters. I was a little put-off by Katie's "too perfect" characterization but the ending was beautiful and tied Katie's character arc together in a way that made up for it. I wish this book took place over a period of time longer than a day; the ending was great but it did feel a little rushed and some breathing room for Emmie would've been nice. Secretly hoping this becomes a recurring series because I can't wait for more. An absolute must-read for any tween struggling with social anxiety, shyness, or just general introversion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I loved this book! It was so cute, and very well illustrated! It is about a girl named Emmie who is often alone in school and feels invisible. Emmie is also a very talented artist, and draws all the time. She has a friend name Briana, whom she hangs out with a lot. This book was funny, cute, and a quick read. I recommend it to anyone who feels like they can relate to Emmie or her friend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    laura (bookies & cookies)

    This was spot on with my middle school experience (that I've mostly blocked out, don't worry). Told in alternating POVs of "invisible" Emmie and "popular kid" Katie, it shows the two very different takes on adolescence.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Quiet students rejoice, this one's for you! At first, the two stories at the same time seemed odd, but I liked how they came together at the end. This is a good choice for older students who haven't developed reading stamina for long novels, because there is a good mix of text and graphics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I was really looking forward to this book, and I was so happy when my pre-order got delivered yesterday! Thankfully, I have a mostly free day today, so I could read it. It was really good, but it was also confusing. I had a suspicion about Katie, but after a while I wasn't sure if my suspicion was right. I was definitely interested in this girl, and I was hoping for her to become friends with Emmie. (view spoiler)[And then it turns out she was just fake, an imaginary whatever made by Emmie. Again I was really looking forward to this book, and I was so happy when my pre-order got delivered yesterday! Thankfully, I have a mostly free day today, so I could read it. It was really good, but it was also confusing. I had a suspicion about Katie, but after a while I wasn't sure if my suspicion was right. I was definitely interested in this girl, and I was hoping for her to become friends with Emmie. (view spoiler)[And then it turns out she was just fake, an imaginary whatever made by Emmie. Again, I had my suspicions, but given that she seemed to have her own group of people, she liked Tyler, you could see Emmie in the background, and some other things as well, I was doubting my suspicions and I started seeing her as a real person. Plus you could even see Katie in the background during Emmie's POV, I thought she was real. So I am kind of confused, but mostly very sad. Again, I was hoping she would become friends with Emmie. They seemed to have a few things in common. Plus it would have been nice to see a popular girl sticking up for the not so popular silent girl. That doesn't happen often in stories like this. (hide spoiler)] For this thing mentioned in the spoiler, I am giving the book -0.5 stars. Emmie was a great MC, I quite loved her, and girl, I know the feeling of writing a love note to your crush only to have it found out and then that everyone sees it, and people making fun of you for that note. Sadly, for me, that posting the note on a public place was done by my crush, and not like Emmie by some bully boy in her class. You can imagine how my crush ended. But I was quite surprised for how it ended up for Emmie. Plus I also know the feeling of not knowing how to speak up, of being quiet, that you would rather hide in a place safe to you (for her it was drawing, but for me it was books and drawing). She really connected with me, and I loved that. She was just as awkward as I was back then. Changing clothes during gym? Urghhhh, I hated that, and I always took care to just be super-quick about it. Her favourite place is the library, and that was the same way for me! Strolling through the stacks looking for new books, enjoying the calm and quiet. Unlike Emmie though my parents were always there for me. My mom was at home when I got home, my dad came home a bit later from work. So I felt sorry for Emmie, that her home situation wasn't always the best, and I just wanted to shake her parents. I can imagine you may want to work, or continue your life, but really, you shouldn't have had another baby then. Really, I just didn't like the parents. Emmie missed them quite a bit. Emmie's best friend Bri? A bit too bossy for me. I hated how instead of being more supportive about the note, she instead just cared more about her own note, and she got quite pissed at Emmi for no reason. I also didn't really see how they matched. Well, in a way yes, at home when Emmi is more open, but at school? No. And again, bossiness is a no-no to me. This is your friend, not your dog. Thank you. Katie's POV are done fully in comic style, while Emmie's is a mix of illustrations and text. I quite liked that contrast, plus the illustrations were really well done. I also liked that the POVs switched each chapter. You would have 1 Emmie chapter, and then the next is Katie, and so on. All in all, a very cute, fun, realistic book to read. I really connected with Emmie. I would highly recommend this book to everyone! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jks

    I’m not a graphic novel reader, but I couldn’t resist the first line of the story.”you’re probably wondering how I became a puddle of slime.” This is the perfect expression of crushes in middle school. I couldn’t put it down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Great read to pair with either Dork Diaries or Diary of a Wimpy Kids or even Big Nate! Authors- please do more books in this type of format because the students love them!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Glatt

    I really enjoyed this realistic fiction graphic novel. Fans of Smile and Real Friends will like this one, too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I loved this graphic novel and related to it so much. It’s geared toward middle schoolers but anyone who’s ever felt awkward or like an outsider will totally love this. I will definitely be recommending it to young kids to show them that they can be confident and be themselves, but also to adults who remember what it’s like to feel invisible.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Invisable Emmie is about a girl named Emmis who is very quiet and shy. She has a bestfriend named Brianna and has a huge cruch on a boy named Tyler Ross. On the other hand, there is also a perspective of a girl named katie who is very pretty, popular and athletic. One day there lives cross paths when Emmie and Brianna are making note to there cruches, (not actually planning to give them to them) Emmie accadentally drops hers and a boy named Joe picks it up and states make fun of her for liking h Invisable Emmie is about a girl named Emmis who is very quiet and shy. She has a bestfriend named Brianna and has a huge cruch on a boy named Tyler Ross. On the other hand, there is also a perspective of a girl named katie who is very pretty, popular and athletic. One day there lives cross paths when Emmie and Brianna are making note to there cruches, (not actually planning to give them to them) Emmie accadentally drops hers and a boy named Joe picks it up and states make fun of her for liking him and now the whole school knows about her crush. On the other hand, Katie is already dating Tyler but when she finds out he doesn't like to stick up for himself, she dumps him. Katie tries to become friends with Emmie but Emmie doesn't want to become friend. Eventually everything works out and now Tyler is now good friends with Emmie and now Katie knows what it is like to be invisable. The cental idea of this book is to be yourself and stand up and be proud becasue you will never know what might happen if you do so. That is whta the book Invisable Emmie is about.

  19. 4 out of 5

    LynnDee (The Library Lush)

    This was cute, and an accurate depiction of the middle school experience.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Highly illustrated chapter book, reminded me a bit of The Ellie McDoodle Diaries by Ruth McNally Barshaw. I liked the quiet girl juxtaposed with the popular girl, and I liked the twist at the end, but it didn't completely fit for me upon rereading. Still, good realistic fiction, quick read, many quiet kids will like.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    I appreciate that Emmie was well fleshed out but Katie felt very flat. The reasoning for this becomes apparent (pun intended) at the end as well as provides some clarity to earlier scenes. I personally didn't enjoy it because it felt so weighted to one character. Overall it is relatable to many young kids and for that I do consider it an okay graphic novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee Null

    2.5-3 I was struggling with the popular character because she was so flat and then the twist ending made me feel eh about her all together. I liked the idea but not sure about the execution. I need to sit on this for a bit. May edit the review later.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Addie

    I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because it starts off really slow (and not great) and then becomes amazing! I like the message in the book that if someone pushes you down you just get back up and keep fighting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Kelly

    Loved it! The voice was pitch-perfect, writing and art was incredible. I related so well to Emmie and the ending was perfection. This my favorite mg graphic novel since Roller Girl. Graphic novels are killing it lately! <3

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    Emmie is a quiet introvert who has one friend and loves to draw. Katie is her polar opposite. One day, Katie steps in to help Emmie stand up to a bully. This is a great graphic novel that touches upon many aspects that affect students in middle school.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Such a fantastic new graphic novel. Will be recommending this one to all my students who are fans of Raina Telgeimeier. Love the character and seeing her blossom, so glad I was able to snag this one at ALA to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    mytaakeonit

    A really cute graphic novel/chapter book about how two middle school girls lives are interconnected. It has an interesting twist. Reminded me a little of the Middle School Series by James Patterson.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    3.75 Stars. Just okay, but I did love the little unexpected twist at the end. Totally didn't see that coming.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz

    Not quite as good as Roller Girl, but damn close. Middle school humor is spot on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    3.5 stars. Cute drawings. Standard plot about anxious, quiet girl experiencing a moment of humiliation at junior high before beginning to open up to others. My beef, and it's not restricted to this book: why do so many female-centric middle-grade and YA stories have female protagonists who hate math and are bad at math? I am so tired of that. Numbers and their relationships are neat, and why are girls repeatedly shown as antagonistic to math?! Drives me nuts.

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