Bullet Point-Review: How To Disappear, Sharon Huss Roat

Happy Friday, friends! I’m thrilled to present you today a quick review about one of the latest books I LOVED last month!

The book

Sharon Huss Roat, How To Disappear, Published by Harper Teen, August 15th, 2017.

goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

Right from the start, I knew I could fall in love with that premise and turns out I was right. Don’t you love it when you’re right? I know I do.

I ENJOYED…

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  • Our main character, Vicky, was REALLY relatable. Dealing with social anxiety, she finds herself at a loss once her best friend moves away and finds refuge in social media. Instagram becomes her refuge, then an obsession, an addiction, something you can’t quite keep up with. Feelings I am highly familiar with, if you ask me.
  • She goes through stunning growth as the book goes on and I appreciated that so, so much. She gains a little bit of confidence with every page, then loses herself again and social anxiety takes the best of her. There was no miracle here, no magical cure, but a great evolution of the main character. I just wanted to hug her.
  • We get an interesting cast of secondary characters here, characters we slowly discover as the story goes on. I loved getting to know each of them, especially Lipton. He was the sweet, awkward book boyfriend I always dream of.
  • I also enjoyed following Jenna and Vicky’s journey as friends, as distance got the best of them, as communication gets hard, as new friends are made, things change and everything else. I loved the positive message of how, no matter the distance, they would and should always be there for each other. No spoilers, but I actually almost cried and did not expect to.
  • I’m a huge fan of books dealing with social media and How To Disappear did this in a right way. It showed us how social media can feel empowering, addictive at times, but also how it can help us reach out to people, help them and overall showed the amazing power social media can have, a positive one, on people’s lives.

“I need a reminder that I exist outside the internet and that someone in the real world wants me there, more than my followers want me here.”

I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…

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  • I really appreciated the fact that the parents were present in this story, together and, well, meddling with their daughter’s lives, especially Vicky’s mother. She tries her best for her daughter, but doesn’t understand her and her social anxiety too much. I have to admit that some moments kind of irked me, how she reacted and how clueless she was. In short, she kind of made me mad for a good half of the book. That being said, by the end of it, I thought the author managed to wrap things up pretty nicely between mother and daughter, so… that’s a small complain I have.

OVERALL

How To Disappear was one of these amazing, underrated contemporary reads you should all add to your TBRs. Shining, for once, a positive light on the power of social media, dealing with social anxiety realistically (as far as I, personally, could tell), with great friendships and growth, it’s a book I’d recommend to everyone intrigued by the themes above.

“I am breathing. Some days, it feels like that’s enough.”

Final rating: 4 drops!

Trigger warnings: dealing with social anxiety.

Did you read How To Disappear? Do you want to read it?

Do you like books dealing with social anxiety, or social media? Do you have recommendations for me? Let me know in comments!

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43 thoughts on “Bullet Point-Review: How To Disappear, Sharon Huss Roat

  1. I loved this one, too. I could relate to Vicky – I don’t have social anxiety like her, but I know what it’s like to not have many friends and to feel lost. I loved watching her come out of her shell bit by bit!

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  2. ohh I saw this at the bookstore once and thought it looked really cool!! But I didn’t buy it 😦 I definitely want to read it now, though! tbh social media is such an important part in our lives right now, and it’s always great when books represent both their pros and cons.

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    1. Ohhh no! Well, you need to go back and buy it whenever you can , haha 🙂 I loved that it talked about social media and showed it in a positive light as well.. You’re so right, it’s SUCH a massive part of our lives right now, I’m happy to read books where they’re featured a lot ❤
      Thank you so much, Aris!! ❤ ❤

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    1. It was SO good, really, I loved that social media had an important part in this, and the social anxiety portrayal was, for me, really good. I hope you’ll read and enjoy it, Esther! 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment ❤ ❤

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  3. Great review for this book Marie. 🙂 I feel like I’ve heard of this book before, then again the name definitely rings a bell but the blurb and cover don’t so I must be thinking of something different. Either way now I am definitely going to be adding it to my to-read list. Like you I know this is a premise I could fall in love with, and basically all the positives you’ve mentioned about How to Disappear are convincing me as well. I’m even interested in seeing how the relationship between Vicky and her mother develops throughout the story. 🙂
    Again great review, and I’m really glad you enjoyed this one as well. 🙂 ❤️

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  4. Oh I hadn’t heard of this one, but it sounds really interesting! I love books that deal with social anxiety and I’m a sucker for good character development. Also friendship! Definitely keeping my eye out for this one. Great review Marie! 🙂

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  5. How didn’t I know How to Disappear focused on social anxiety until now? Thanks for letting me know, Marie! It’s got so up on my TBR now, I will have to read it soon. Also, I love books that include/focus on social media so much, especially if they include images/photos with tweets and things like that, I don’t know why, but I always love it so much. Your review was amazing, as always! I really adore whenever you make those bullet point-reviews, they work so well! ❤

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  6. Hello Marie! Great review ❤
    I am glad to hear that you enjoyed this book. I do think that it is hard to find a YA books that get the parent role JUST right. However I do love books that talk about mental health in general, so I am looking forward to reading this book 🙂

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  7. This sounds really good! I love that it deals with social anxiety and social media addiction, two things I relate to in some degree. I’m working on both though 😅
    It’s nice that it sheds such a positive light on the subjects, though, which is not usually the case.
    Unfortunately, YA parents are a constant source of disappointment to me so I can see how it might have dimmed your enthusiasm too.
    Amazing review, Marie! I have to give this one a try sometime 🙂

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    1. Oh I really hope you will read that one, especially if you’re relating to social anxiety. I hope you will love it, Sophie! And thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤ ❤

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  8. I love your review, Marie 🌸
    I’ve never heard about this book, but it’s definitely on my radar now! I love social media (it’s totally a guilty pleasure) and I love Instagram. I’m so happy you liked the main character, Vicky, as well as the supporting characters. I also love a book that has great character development, I love rooting for characters ☺️

    So sorry to hear that the mom struggled with Vicky’s social anxiety. It still sounds like such a great underrated contemporary 🌸

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  9. Added it to my TBR 😀 It always feels good when a book stands up to your expectations. Contemporary is my favourite genre and I couldn’t pass a good one 😀
    This feels like an important read. I love books with relatable characters. It is like you can see a part of yourself in them. Parents play an important role in YA novels. I enjoy the good portrayal of mother-daughter relationships since I have read a few good ones recently.

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    1. YAY! I’m so happy you added it to your TBR, I have a feeling you could really enjoy it. I love it when I can relate to the characters, too, makes a book even more good to me ❤
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! x

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