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How Not to Disappear by [Furniss, Clare]
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Length: 448 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 99 Grade Level: 7 - 9

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Hattie's summer has begun with an unexpected event: she's pregnant, and her best friend Reuben is the father. The problem is that Reuben has disappeared to travel the world, and Hattie doesn't know how to tell him the news. Her other best friend, Kat, is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend and seems to be too busy to share in Hattie's dilemma. Suddenly, Gloria, the great-aunt Hattie didn't even know existed, comes rushing into Hattie's life with her flurry of wild outfits, a fondness for drink, and some dramatic secrets. Gloria has been diagnosed with dementia, so she enlists Hattie to drive her to locations from her past in order to reconcile herself with her memories before she forgets. What Hattie doesn't know is that this strange road trip into Gloria's past just may be the key to Hattie's future. Hattie's voice is quirky but relatable, and through her, we see the difficulties she faces as she contemplates a decision that will alter her life forever. The odd bond between Gloria and Hattie is humorously depicted, believable, and touching, especially at the story's climax. Teens will enjoy the unique characters, the relationship dynamics between Hattie and Gloria, and the surprise plot twist. VERDICT Recommended for most high school collections.—Tabitha Nordby, Red River College, Man.

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“Gorgeous, compelling, and painful.”  (Kirkus Reviews)

“The odd bond between Gloria and Hattie is humorously depicted, believable, and touching, especially at the story’s climax. Teens will enjoy the unique characters, the relationship dynamics between Hattie and Gloria, and the surprise plot twist.”  (SLJ)

"Furniss' newest book strikes a graceful balance of witty British humor and a serious exploration of self-discovery."  (Booklist)

“Well-developed, likable characters and various subplots fill out this satisfying story…Teens may identify with a lovely young woman grappling with complicated life issues.”  (School Library Connection)

“Hattie and Gloria are such fantastic central characters. What a lovely, lovely book!” (Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal )

“An absolutely gorgeous, heartfelt and incredibly enjoyable follow up to The Year of the Rat ... Clare writes about serious subjects lightly but with real feeling, and conveys family relationships so well.” (Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike )

“Emotional, moving and thought provoking, and I loved it.” (The Sun)

“This isn't the first YA novel to incorporate dementia as a plot device, but it's gloriously funny, deeply emotional and a triumph.” (Sally Morris The Daily Mail)

“This novel, encompassing violence to women, changing attitudes to unmarried mothers, and many kinds of love, is funny, sharply observed, shocking and wonderful.” (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)


Product details

  • File Size: 3406 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (February 21, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2017
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GD9DP8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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