Author: Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Review copy @ RABT
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This is a tale of Lizzie a senior who is struggling up with a life to start up in a new school...Her journey of learning that goes through twists and turns in company of some good friends and few and so good...
This is again a high school novel... An easy breezy read through Lizzie's life taking us through a cascade of events of high school..Lizzie hates to start all over again as a senior in a new school..With a highly ambitious father she is been on the run from school to school coping up with his peaking career...As the days progresses Lizzie enjoys her new life, her school, new friends, she even manages to make some friends online , her days becomes brighter as she is involved in more school events..Slowly and steadily Mulligan opens up to the learning process of life that begins in high school..Some lighter and sunnier times with a mix of melancholy hard times, betrayal, friendship,...
The best part is Lizzie's character grows as the novel progress...From a shy girl to a girl with a go get it attitude she learns through making mistakes and correcting them...Maura Lizzie's neighbor was an interesting character with a shade of grey, while Missy, John and Paul were absolute delight ... Lizzie's relationship with her mother had all rage of adrenaline with tonnes of love..
There were times when I stopped my reading to look back at my own school days (though it was quite different from this)...Mulligan's language is simple and easy to follow...
All in all Watch me Disappear goes for a delightful swift read...
About the author
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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