Thursday, February 12, 2009

Review - The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman

The Last Invisible Boy
Evan Kuhlman
Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008
234 p.

Meet Finn. He's slowly fading. His hair is getting whiter. His skin is paler. And he doesn't want to go to school or see people or do any of the things he used to do before The Terrible Day That Changed Everything.

Finn has this thing for name meanings. Findlay stands for "fair hero". Finn doesn't feel like a hero, he feels like a failure. He wasn't able to stop The Terrible Day That Changed Everything. Maybe that's why he's disappearing. So in a combination present-day journal/everyday story Finn tells us about his life now and then.

That's really all I can tell you because the story depends on you reading it. Finn talks to you. He shares with you. He waits for you. He wants to tell you about his family and his hopefully one day soon girlfriend but right now best friend Meli.

The Last Invisible Boy is sad and hopeful and beautiful.

There were so many lines to write down and remember:

p. 5 - I'm vanishing in bits and pieces, like a disease that will not kill me but will erase me.

p. 36 - I love happy endings. I just wish there were more of them.

p. 44 - Most people think that Meli is my girlfriend, probably because I tell them she's my girlfriend...

p. 95 - Here's something I know. I'd give the whole world...for one more visit with my dad...

It's just so simple and moving. You should read it. Go ahead. I'll be here when you get back.


  1. Sounds like a great book - I'll have to put it on my "to read" list!

  2. I've read this book, and I must say it's an amazing book! I'm glad you recommended it because I would, too.

    Hopefully, there will be a sequel.


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