Book Reviews of Uninvited

Author: Amanda Marrone
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ISBN-13: 9781416939788
ISBN-10: 1416939784
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 74 ratings
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
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These days, Jordan's got a lot on her mind. Her social phobias are getting the better of her, she thinks she messed things up with a guy she really connected with... and her ex-boyfriend, popular jock Michael, has been appearing at her bedroom window since the night after his funeral. It seems the rumors that Michael killed himself aren't true -- he was attacked by a vampire, and became one himself. Now he wants Jordan to join him. Every night, he pleads and cajoles and turns on his charm, trying to get her to invite him in, and Jordan's arguments are starting to crumble.

UNINVITED is a tense, scary book that manages to throw in a little humor on the side. Marrone does a superb job of building the suspense about Michael's true intentions and how Jordan will deal with them. Nothing works out quite the way the reader will expect, and Jordan's struggles will have them on the edge of their seats, unable to put the book down. The climax is thrilling and dark, and the ending is hopeful without leaving its heroine unscarred.

It may take readers a little while to warm up to Jordan, whose binge-drinking and pessimistic ways may seem too depressing. But it quickly becomes clear that she has every reason to want to drown out the rest of the world. Her growth as she fights her fears and destructive tendencies is both believable and inspiring. The supporting characters are well-developed as well, from Michael's twisted personality to Jordan's quirky friend, Rachael.

Readers who enjoy books a little out of the ordinary, especially the dark and suspenseful, should run out and grab this one as soon as possible. It takes one of the most familiar creatures of the supernatural genre and manages to tell a story unlike any you've read before.
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Helpful Score: 4
A dark look at the world some teens go through, with the added suspense of a vampire. Lightly touches on important subjects with a heavy background of fear.
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Helpful Score: 2
i love this book!!!! anyone who is a twilight fan would love this book too!!! i didnt expect the turns it had in it.... great great great
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Helpful Score: 1
I honestly had to force myself to finish this book. It's about a teenage girl named Jordan & her deceased ex-boyfriend who has become a vampire. The majority of the story focuses on him sitting outside her window, wanting her to invite him in. I know this is a young-adult book, but it just seemed so juvenile and amateur. I'm sure there are some teenagers who would enjoy the simple story line, but at the same time, I'm not sure I would want my teenager reading a book that puts so much focus on doing drugs, getting drunk, and sleeping with random guys....If you're looking for a young-adult vampire story, there are plenty that are much better than this one. Don't waste your time on it!
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting YA novel... involves Jordan, a high schooler, drowning herself in booze, sex, and drugs because she has no direction in her life when her boyfriend of a year ago dies and returns as a vampire to haunt her poor, miserable existence. Her mother is non-existent in her life and her friends only encourage the booze and drugs. Her ex-boyfriend is a totally jerk and deserves what he got. The story around these two is not enlightening, uplifting or really entertaining. Not a very exciting read.

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Of all the ways her boyfriend could've come back to haunt her, an undead vampire was probably the worst. That's the problem that Jordan faces in Amanda Marrone's Uninvited. Since his funeral, Jordan's ex-boyfriend Michael has sat outside of her window every night, begging her to let him in. It's now three months later and Jordan's resolve is wearing thin. She can't sleep and she's starting to think maybe opening the window isn't such a bad idea. The problem is Michael is dead, and Jordan doesn't know if letting him in would be the answer to her prayers or the end of her.

Marrone uses the vampire as a thinly veiled medium to explore relationships gone wrong. Although Jordan's alcohol and drug abuse is a little hard to picture, she represents hundreds of girls who face similar issues in real life: drug and alcohol abuse, stalking, and social isolation.
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Book didn't start off so bad but had to make myself finish it. Kind of a lame storyline but is a quick read so it wasn't TOO bad.
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This book is a great teen read. Their's no sexual scenes. Their's some making out parts that get close to going too far, but it doesn't. It's an easy read with a subject matter that interests teens, young adults and so on..... The story goes back and fourth in time in order to give the characters back story.

The main character is Jordan. She's anti-social and has many fears (example a fear of calling people she's interested in back, a fear of walking through her school hallway alone, a fear of upsetting her friends, etc.) Her life is in a downward spiral. A boy she dated over a year ago, Michael, is now dead. Many people believe he killed himself, but she knows better, he's now a vampire. Michael has been visiting her every night for the past three months begging her to let him in.

Jordan tries to figure out why Michael keeps visiting her. He says he loves her and wants to be with her forever, but that doesn't sound or feel right. If he wanted her so much why did he sleep with everyone in her school after they broke up. If he loved her why didn't he try to get back together with her. Still her resistance is wearing down with his persistence and her downward spiral hitting an all time low. It takes a lot of soul searching and the help of her friends to figure things out. Unfortunately Michael doesn't seem to want to let her go and the more she pushes him a way the more aggressive he becomes.