Vicky Decker is an introverted sophomore whose only friend, Jenna, moved away the past year. Vicky creates an Instagram account with the user name "vicarious," a play on the word vicarious. She is quite lonely and completely changes her physical appearance, from her clothing to her hair. She also Photoshops herself into pictures with crowds. She is always smiling or talking to another fellow lonesome person who is clearly not fitting in the frame of the picture. She is going places, all without leaving her bedroom.
As she gains a large following, her influence increases. Even at school. Vicky can feel her confidence rising as she makes new friends, joins clubs, and even starts dating. Then Vicky needs the help of her followers. There is an incident, and she needs them. In that mad search, she leaves the room for the discovery of her true identity. Will Vicky be able to find what she’s looking for in herself and in others?
NOTE: The main character in the novel suffers from social anxiety. It is not formally diagnosed in the book, but the events she describes could be triggering for readers who are dealing with similar issues.
Teen Student Volunteer (15):
I really loved How To Disappear! It is so relatable with a modern-day situation that can be felt by so many teens dealing with the pressures of Social Media. The story has tons of drama, gray-moral characters, and a heartwarming story of friendship and self-identity.
Why would I read it again? Because of the conflicted, genuine characters who understand what it is to be a teen in today’s world. How To Disappear has a plot that satisfies you beyond just reading a book. It is a must-read.
This realistic novel will immerse you in Vicky's world and tug at your heart. Before or after your teen reads this, YOU need to read it too. It is that good, and so spot-on for parenting in today's world.
The main character has an undiagnosed social anxiety disorder, and that may trigger bad thoughts or memories for those with similar diagnoses.
This is a realistic fiction novel about a high school sophomore struggling with loneliness and anxiety disorder, and finding her way to her true self.
Friendship is not counted in time but in emotions and memories. This book also emphasizes the need to feel good in your own skin, to take risks, and put yourself out there, even if it means falling before flying.
13 and Up
13 and Up
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer's Age: 15
Buy. A beautiful book, and one that I’d want on my shelf.