August 13, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
How to disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: 4 hearts
Vicky 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.
In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.
Vicky knows how to hide, she has anxiety problems, she’s afraid of many things, arriving late, having to talk to people or just being watched by other people. Life in high school is not easy for her since her best friend left, she feels that Jenna is moving away from her and making new friends. She creates an Instagram profile and gets embedded through Photoshop in different scenes.
I liked this book, I thought I was shy at school but I realize that some people are even more so. For Vicky it’s totally psychological and it’s especially stronger than her, she thinks about what people think of her or what people will say. In her head everybody laughs at her, it’s a case of strong enough anxiety except that her parents don’t realize that it’s also serious. It’s a very interesting subject and it’s well treated.
I like Vicky and her associable side, I tried to put myself in her place and I confess that it wasn’t simple. Reading this book I wanted to be her friend, to help her and especially to hug her.
I liked Lipton too, he’s as awkward as Vicky is anxious, it’s cute to see them both. Lipton is of course not aware of Vicky’s social life, she has no friends apart from Jenna and everything is not going well between her two. Lipton and Vicky have some huge communication problems, mostly because they are so shy together.
Vicurious may not be a real person but Vicky has put a part of herself in this character. She realizes that she isn’t alone, that even in her high school people are alone and unhappy, in the world too and suddenly she becomes aware of many things.
Sharon Huss Roat wrote a book about anxiety, social networks and all that with passion, making you love these characters and thanks to her you will understand a little better what people can feel and you may learn to be more open to the world if it is not already the case.
Quick word: A book that can make consciences react.
About Sharon Huss Roat
Sharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pa., and now lives in Delaware with her husband and two children. She is the author of BETWEEN THE NOTES (HarperTeen, June 2015) and HOW TO DISAPPEAR (coming August 15, 2017). Visit her online at www.sharonroat.com, on Twitter @sharonwrote, or Instagram @sharonhussroat.