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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." - Goodreads.com 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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  • File Size: 2169 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XM0MC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GCO on 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 By tiv on September 16, 2012
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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 By MMC1960 on September 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By Shannon A Hammond on January 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By isak heart on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on June 10, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Herbrand on 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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