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Uninvited - Amanda Marrone

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Genre: Horror / Author: Amanda Marrone / Paperback / 208 Pages / Book is published 2007-11-05 by Simon & Schuster Children's

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      31.05.2011 18:19
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      Dead ex-boyfriend haunts girl because she dumped him

      Synopsis: From Amazon as it is spoiler free :D
      Jordan hates her life! Her boyfriend Michael dumped her, hooked up with half the other girls in the neighbourhood, and then killed himself. And then there's the broken record of boring parties, meaningless flirting and friends she can't relate to. But now, somehow, Michael is back, appearing at her window every night, begging her to let him in. Jordan can't understand why he wants to get back together; he was the one that dumped her! But, as the weeks drag on, she feels her resistance wearing down. Instead of partying and socialising with her so-called friends, now Jordan runs home to the safety of her room before dark, and waits, alone and terrified, for the sun to go down. Creatures like Michael need to be invited in before they can cross over the threshold. All Jordan has to do is say the words...

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      I am a bit torn with this book there were things I liked and things I didn't like.

      Written in 1st person narrative. The tension escalates from the very first sentence. I didn't find the main female protagonist, Jordan, very like-able, to me she seemed neurotic with a really big 'chip' on her shoulder. The male protagonist, Micheal, isn't very like-able either, and not just because he is a vampire. Full details of Micheal's personality are revealed at the end of the story and I can't go into detail without giving away spoilers. A very compulsive storyline even if the characters are unlikeable.

      The imagery veers from tense to gory to salacious. All of which are indicators to the deeper threads of the storyline. Wonderful use of vocabulary and literary references aiding my quest for knowledge via osmosis.
      Some chapters are written in the present tense and are interwoven with those written in the past tense, giving background detail to the plot.

      Brilliant paralleling of Micheal's live as a vampire with Jordan's drug/alcohol abuse. Neither are truly living. I told you I was on a roll with reading books about the evils of alcohol. Another parallel between Micheal and Jordan for me was that Jordan doesn't invite Micheal in and Jordan doesn't get invited to parties/social events. She is popular by association. Her friends remind me of Britt in Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens; selfish, shallow and self-centred.

      Shades of I Heart you, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder through the plot only one is fuelled by love the other by hate.

      The morale of this story is twofold - the dangers of substance abuse and the mistakes made when under their influences. Plus the discovery of whole your real friends are, they stand by you no matter what. Worth reading just for those and the resolution offered at the end. How I do love a happy ending :)

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      22.05.2010 23:32
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      Surprisingly good book

      Uninvited is a teen fiction novel by Amana Marrone. It was released on 5th November 2007 and is 208 pages long.

      Plot
      Jordan isn't having a very good time. Her ex boyfriend is dead, she hardly goes out anymore and alienates her friends and thinks she may have messed up big time with a guy that could have been perfect for her. If things couldn't get any worse, dead ex boyfriend Michael starts turning up at her window every night begging her to let him in. Every night, Jordan keeps telling herself not to let him in, quite unable to believe that this is actually happening but smooth talking Michael reminds her of how much he loved/ loves her and wants her back. There is only so much that a teenage girl can take and between her friends and Michael, Jordan isn't finding it easy to stay strong.

      My Opinion
      I don't normally like books that are so short because the authors tend to miss out a lot of the character development that could have made the book so much better. This wasn't really the case here though. Jordan starts off as a binge drinker with so many problems and having a vampire at her window every night just makes her worse. While the drinking, drugs and partying mixed with depression can seem like this story is only going in a downward spiral, things don't take long to change. I didn't really like Jordan to begin with because she was quite whiney and annoying but then I realised that so much bad was going on in her life that I couldn't help but feel sorry for her.

      Even though the story is short, Marrone manages to explain everything really well. What really happened to Michael, his and Jordan's relationship, her relation ships with other people amongst other things are explored in great detail at times which made me feel like nothing was really missing from the story. Finding out more about Jordan's past and her relationship with Michael made her easier to relate to as I felt like I knew so much about her and her personality.

      So many books that I have recently read in this genre are quite serious and the attempted humour doesn't really work. I found a lot of the dialogue in this story really funny and it made me laugh out loud at times. I loved that Marrone tried to make something that was so serious (Jordan's problems) into something to poke at and make fun of between her and her friends. Jordan's depression didn't seem to bother her like it should or would have done but instead, she was able to make fun of herself too.

      The plot itself was as exciting as it could have been in 208 pages. There is a lot going on that made me like all of the characters, even Michael and considering he was quite the stalker, I didn't think I would end up liking him at all. I could never quite tell what his real intentions were as the author kept me guessing right until the very end. There is a lot of suspense in this book and I only maybe saw one outcome that happened.

      Uninvited is a great short vampire story that is thoroughly entertaining. Loved it.

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