Book Review: Things Not Seen

Rating- ♥♥♥♥

Watson’s rating- ♥♥♥♥

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Title- Things Not Seen

Author- Andrew Clements

Published- 2002


Bobby Phillips is your average fifteen-year-old not. That is, until he wakes up one morning and can’t see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming- Bobby is just plain invisible. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for Bobby’s new condition and even his dad the physicist can’t figure it out. For Bobby, that means no school, no friends, no life. He’s a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She’s blind, and Bobby can’t resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is, and even if he’s still alive. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again- before its too late.

Why ♥♥♥♥?

Things Not Seen is very well written. Its fast-paced, but not confusing. The characters are, to me, pretty realistic, and the relationships between them are equally realistic. At the beginning Bobby and his parents don’t really get along all that great, but as things progress, they get better. Bobby’s relationship with Alicia is so adorable! They’re sarcastic and know each other so well that neither of them let’s the other’s temper or teasing get I’m the way of their friendship.

Why not five hearts?

Even though I really liked it, there was a part where Clements is using a Sherlock Holmes reference (page 115).

“The great thing about Sherlock Holmes is, he never sat around looking for theories. He was into the facts. And observation. Like in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”? About the man who dies in his bed one night, and no one can figure it out? It’s because no one took the time to really look at the room. ”

The Adventure of The Speckled Band was about a woman, Julia Stoner, who was two weeks before her wedding by her stepfather using a trained snake, a swamp adder to be exact. It was a “small” mistake on the author’s part, but if your going to write a reference into your story you should, in my opinion, research said reference so that you have complete accuracy.

All in all, it was a good book that I highly recommend. .)


Published by AlexCharming

Alex is the oldest daughter of 8, soon to be 9, kids. They are all homeschooled. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and working outside. Alex is currently working on her first book.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: Things Not Seen

  1. Great review!! I’ve read this book a few times & think it is so great! Love that you included the part about the Sherlock Holmes reference – I never noticed that mistake but would feel the same way if it was about one of my favorite stories!

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  2. The first para of your review, is that from the book jacket or did you write up that summary. If you wrote it, you should be in the business of writing book jacket summaries. I wanted to read the book.


      1. Got it, I liked the rest of your review. Was it just chance that you had read that sherlock holmes book, or did you research it? Possibly, you should credit that part of the review to the book jacket. Blogger nerdywordybirdy does that in all of her reviews.

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