NAME: How to Disappear
AUTHOR: Sharon Huss Roat
GENRE: Young adult, fiction, contemporary
MY RATINGS: 4/5
BLURB: 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.
A beautiful combination of human emotions, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues along with a very unique story of a girl who faces severe social anxiety and how she creates a persona-VICURIOUS on Instagram to help overcome her own and also help others come out of depression! The book describes how a single person can achieve so much. The book throws light on the truth, the fact that in today’s day and age major number of teenagers are faced with several mental health issues and how we should all accept them and overcome them. The protagonist lives a double life, as Vicky and as Vicurious on Instagram where she photoshops herself in pictures with celebrities and lets her followers know that they are #notalone and that she #seesthem
I loved the uniquetake on mental health in this book. I really enjoyed the story and narration though it did get d little boring but picked up right after! I loved the charcaters and how each of them were portrayed so accurately andseemed so real unlike the ones we see in movies, unreal characters. It was sad and happy and very forthcoming abou many, many issues. It portrayed the lives of theseteenagers in a very honest way and that was what set this book apart. The message that the book carried along with thebstory of a cute, shy romance was STRONG and echoed throughtout the book. I personally realy liked the book for its eccentric, thought-provoking ideas and narration. Would definitely recommend this book if you’re wanting to read something light yet a little intriguing then this book s your best bet!