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Watch Me Disappear [Kindle Edition]

Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
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Book Description

The Debut Teen Novel from the awarding-winning author of The Latecomers Fan Club

Lizzie Richards isn't excited to be starting over at a new school for her senior year, but she's trying to take her mother's advice and make the most of it--the only way she can: By disobeying her strict parents' rules.

Lizzie's father has moved the family around every few years to advance his career, so she has never had a chance to develop the kind of "BFF" relationships she thinks most kids have. She's bracing herself for another lonely year at her third high school when her neighbor Maura gets sick of watching her little brother when she could be partying.

Thanks to Maura's plotting, Lizzie becomes everyone's new favorite babysitter. Seeing her opportunity, Lizzie decides to break her mother's rules by using Maura's computer to create a secret Email address and Facebook account. She is quickly friended by Missy, a fellow transfer student as eager for a friend as she is.

Things are looking up for Lizzie until Maura's ex-boyfriend Paul sets his eye on Missy. Caught between her new best friend and the neighbor whose friendship promises instant popularity, Lizzie doesn't know what to do--because she's fallen for Paul, too.

A realistic teen romance with its share of laughs and drama, Watch Me Disappear is a captivating debut.


Contemporary Teen Fiction Book Categories:Teen Drama; Teen Friendships; Teen Romance

Editorial Reviews


2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Award Finalist for YA Literature

"By balancing the often-confusing themes of growing up with witty, sarcastic humor, Mulligan creates a memorable, insightful work of young adult fiction that will resonate strongly with the teen audience." --IndieReader

"What I am most fascinated by with this book is the writer's ability to capture the mood of being sixteen, something I look back at now and trivialize. Her writing elevates how we remember high school by taking us back and showing us what it really felt like to be there" -- Amazon Reader Review

"Watch Me Disappear is an awesome read, both for YA readers and adults." - Amazon Reader Review

"I found myself quickly absorbed into the life of the main character, Lizzie, and the trials and tribulations of being 17-years-old and trying to adjust to a new life after having moved to Massachusetts the summer before her senior year of high school." - Reader Review

"Lizzie was a very nuanced and nicely written character. I liked her foibles and insecurities, as well as the fact that she was aware of those parts of her personality. Despite having low expectations, she can't stop herself from having slightly higher hopes. Her internal reactions to the people around her are amusing and insightful. I think Lizzie is a character that will resonate with a lot of readers, both young and old. " --Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinal Expert Reviewer

From the Author

Thanks for giving Watch Me Disappear a try. I know it can be a leap of faith to buy an indie novel. I appreciate your support. I began working on this novel in 2007. In the spring of 2012, when I finally felt it was ready for publication, I began researching and querying agents. After a while, I felt like I was spending a lot of time on a task that wasn't especially productive. I decided that I'd rather spend my time getting my book in front of readers. This summer I proofread my text (with the help of some sharp-eyed friends) and learned about ebook and print book design. I am proud of the result, and I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please consider writing a review, and share it with your friends (lending is enabled for the Kindle edition!).

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  • Print Length: 187 pages
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  • Language: English
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically rich novel! August 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
WATCH ME DISAPPEAR is an awesome read, both for YA readers and adults. Lizzie is a complex young woman with whom many readers, young and old, will identify. The issues in the novel are timeless - belonging versus standing out, accepting yourself, learning to deal with conflict, negotiating difficult and complex relationships - but presented in a thoroughly modern context. Parents will find that it can serve as an enthralling read and the impetus for rich discussion with pre-teens/tweens, and older readers will at once feel nostalgic for "simpler times," utterly heartbroken for the unique challenges faced by the characters, and totally relieved to no longer be a teenagers negotiating the difficult teenage landscape. (As a side note, its also a very welcome reprieve from the vampire/wizard/zombie novels that seem to dominate the YA lit world these days.)

In a few words, beautiful, smartly, and complexly written characters, nuanced plot, and thoroughly compelling and enjoyable. A fantastic novel from a promising new writer!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Debut Novel September 16, 2012
By tiv
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel reflects the author's keen sensitivity to the pressures confronting young adults as they approach the end of high school. The reader is exposed to the tension-filled life of teens dealing with the anxiety of whether they will be accpeted or rejected by their peers, exposure to drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and the college admission process. It is a book worth being read by both young adults now having to deal with those same anxieties as well as the parents of those young adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Me Disappear September 15, 2012
By MMC1960
Young adults and parents alike will find much to which they can relate in Diane Mulligan's debut novel, Watch Me Disappear. Mulligan deftly leads readers through the perilous minefield traveled by teens as they struggle to find their identities while seeking out others with whom to share their path.

Lizzie and her friends are real teens - flawed, uncertain, and often faced with obstacles they're not prepared to navigate. Their parents are equally flawed. Adult readers will sympathize with the struggle the young characters' parents face while trying to protect their children from the realities of an unpredictable world. Teens will recognize themselves and their friends amongst Lizzie and her class-mates.

Ms. Mulligan writes perceptively of the universal themes of friendship, acceptance, and loyalty by giving the reader realistic characters driven by insecurities, love, and family dynamics at a time in their lives when nothing and no one can be taken at face value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked and couldn't put it down January 26, 2013
The thing I loved most about this book is that you're in Lizzie's head so thoroughly that there's this fantastic imbalance of what she's feeling vs. what she's saying. I think she's very authentic- someone who struggles with trying to figure out what others want from her while being stingingly self-analytical. Her friends keep her (and the reader) guessing throughout the book, which really pulls the story along. It never lagged, and although there were points where I wanted to rush and find out how things were going to resolve, it was more a product of how invested I became in the characters and events. This was a wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great June 18, 2014
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this was an excellent book, hard to put down! I will be reading more of Dianes books! I loved it! I do recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review June 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Watch Me Disappear, by Diane Vanaskie Mulligan, is a wry, entertaining portrayal of modern teenage life through the eyes of Lizzie Richards, a senior starting a new life at yet another school. Lizzie's strict parents have sheltered her from what she calls the "normal teenage experience" by keeping tabs on her friends, interests, and online social life. But when Lizzie connects with her new neighbors and finally gets the life she's always wanted, she finds that she gets more than just the cell phone she bargained for.

One of the most appealing and unique qualities of this story lies in the frank, sarcastic storytelling technique of the main character. Told in the present tense and first person, this story allows the reader to experience the joy and heartbreak of high school right alongside Lizzie. Her cynicism and brutal honesty about both herself and those around her provide depth and insight into her character not often found in young adult fiction. Several times Lizzie acknowledges that she is "superficial" and "self-centered," qualities, which both humanize her character and help her connect to the young adult audience.

This novel also is unique in its relevance to today's youth and accurate depiction of the life of most modern suburban teenagers. Even when dealing with the classic "mean girl," Maura, Mulligan makes sure to steer clear of the many archetypes that permeate most pop culture surrounding high school life. Instead she develops complex, entertaining characters in a realistic setting, all which contribute to the overall appeal of Lizzie's story.

While this work's realism mainly serves to connect the story to the reader, it does lend itself to a few problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brought back high school memories February 2, 2013
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I think that the author did a great job of portraying high school life. Even though high school for me was many years ago, I remember feeling like Lizzie did, especially when it came to being the wallflower or the third wheel. Fortunately, I didn't have to start a new school my senior year like she did. Lizzie's parents are protective to the point of smothering and I think they could have lightened up on her a little earlier than they did. In spite of that, she was able to make some friends, like Missy and Paul.

Missy was a great friend to Lizzie. Even though Lizzie thinks Missy is just about perfect, and feels frumpy next to her, Missy never does anything to make her feel that way. She is very accepting of Lizzie and appreciative of her friendship, as she is also new to the school. Missy soon has a boyfriend, Wes, and though they try to include Lizzie, she often feels like a third wheel.

Maura is Lizzie's next door neighbor, and the girl that her mom would like to see her be friends with. Lizzie's first impression of Maura though is not a good one. She sees her as shallow, non-appreciative, self-centered, and doesn't understand why her mother cannot see this side of Maura. Slowly, though they have a rough start, Maura and Lizzie begin a fledgling friendship. Lizzie doesn't really trust Maura, but a part of her would like the easy popularity that Maura has.

Well, somewhere along the way she also became friends with Maura's ex-boyfriend Paul. She knows that Paul has a crush on Missy, but he genuinely seems to enjoy hanging out with her. Before she knows it, she has developed a crush on him. With all his phone calls, invitations to dances and parties, and hanging out at her house a couple of times a week, is it any wonder that she would fall for him?
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4.0 out of 5 stars This will make you cry
Love it. I really like this book love it. Have fun reading this book again This book made me cry
Published 10 months ago by Zhaviay Beckham
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
It was interesting to read about the emotions and trials a high school girl goes through having to attend many schools because of her family relocating many times. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marsha Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting concept that fell flat in character development
I thought that Watch Me Disappear looked like a fun coming of age story where we would see some good character development and growth for the main character, Lizzie, but sadly that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michelle@Book Briefs
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an enjoyable read
The characters were well developed and the story was interesting. It was a believable sequence of events and easy to relate to the feelings expressed by the characters through... Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. L. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch Me Disappear
I would say this book is a 3. At most times I couldn't put it down. There were some slower moments. In all it was an amazing book, and a great read
Published 21 months ago by Jade Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Amazing this book was so good and filled with tons of drama and but the ending.....Well there is really no ending and I really don't like how the book ended it should have... Read more
Published 22 months ago by krisssasay
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Such a good book but too many bad words to my taste but great story New girl trying to get throughout high school with friends and romance
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars booksbysteph says "Like Reliving My Childhood"
Wow! I could not put this book down. I felt like I was reliving my younger years.

The book is written in Lizzie's point-of-view. Read more
Published 23 months ago by booksbysteph
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
A very enjoyable book to read....I bought it because she used to live in the town I grew up in and I wanted to see what she wrote. Very entertaining.
Published 23 months ago by diane philbin
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I'm glad I got this book for free but the time I took to read it I'm annoyed at where to start I thought the book had potential I thought Lizzie was very sheltered and her parents... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Gtr33gurl
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More About the Author

Diane's first novel, Watch Me Disappear, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards in the YA category in 2013. Her second novel, a work of contemporary adult fiction, The Latecomers Fan Club, was released in November 2013. It was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner.

Diane holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master's degree in teaching from Simmons College. 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.

Diane does her own cover art. Images used with permission. For details about particular images, please visit the book pages on her blog.

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