Sunday, January 27, 2013

'Watch Me Disappear' Book Tour & Review

New Adult

Title: Watch Me Disappear
Author: Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
Date Published: 8/2012

Lizzie Richards isn’t excited to be starting over at a new school for her senior year, but she’s trying to take her mother’s advice and make the most of it—the only way she can:  By disobeying her strict parents’ rules. Lizzie’s father has moved the family around every few years to advance his career, so she has never had a chance to develop the kind of “BFF” relationships she thinks most kids have. She’s bracing herself for another lonely year at her third high school when her neighbor Maura gets sick of watching her little brother when she could be partying. Thanks to Maura’s plotting, Lizzie becomes everyone’s new favorite babysitter. Seeing her opportunity, Lizzie decides to break her mother’s rules by using Maura’s computer to create a secret Email address and Facebook account. She is quickly friended by Missy, a fellow transfer student as eager for a friend as she is. Things are looking up for Lizzie until Maura’s ex-boyfriend Paul sets his eye on Missy. Caught between her new best friend and the neighbor whose friendship promises instant popularity, Lizzie doesn’t know what to do—because she’s fallen for Paul, too.

**My thoughts**

I really liked this book. I felt sorry for Lizzie. Her parents are way overly strict, not allowing her the chance to do much to be a normal teenager. They make it difficult for her to make any friends or to fit in at her new school. The one person they deem appropriate for her to hang out with is the last person with whom she should be friends. It's no wonder she finally begins to rebel a little bit.

Lizzie has a hard time sorting out her real feelings about her relationships with her new friends. It is no wonder, because you just don't know whom you can trust. Teenager relationships can really suck and are extremely complicated. She gets burned a few times, even if people didn't mean to do it. These situations are very realistic, and the teens' responses to the happenings in their lives ring true. The book is well written, especially for a debut novel. 

Author Bio:
Diane Vanaskie Mulligan began writing Watch Me Disappear during an after-school writing club she moderates for high school students. This is her first novel. She holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she’s the managing editor at The Worcester Review and the director of The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference You can also find her occasionally strumming her guitar and singing at various bars in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your thoughtful review and for hosting a stop on my virtual book tour! I appreciate your support.