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"I was hooked from the first page!" - Sheri Wilkinson, Amazon Reviewer
"Becca J. Campbell has the uncanny ability of pulling the reader right into the book. She's a fantastic story teller and her writing is superb." - Melanie Adkins, Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
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- ASIN : B06Y5QVMVT
- Publisher : Surreal Media Studios (April 9, 2017)
- Publication date : April 9, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 6125 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 154815380X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,905 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With this basic summary question, we introduce you to “Vanish”, Becca J. Campbell’s latest novel written for Teens and Young Adults in the categories of “Fantasy” and “Personal & Interpersonal Relationships.” Our brief description of her well-worth-reading book will mention its periodic, layered settings and its important characters especially from the fifth life stage, followed by our recommendation and brief closing matters.
The author offers us a periodic, layered, reverse story plot that focuses mainly on its principal character, Eva Coderre, and her intensely personal-interpersonal world. The book cover shows us the very emotional and highly anxious Eva, an insecure “military brat” who since her early junior high (middle) school days suffers from a “secret”, shame-causing severe anxiety disorder and a “secret”, shame-causing, extremely unwise coping strategy.
Functioning like the “presenting” story given initially to a counselor, the book title “Vanish,” refers to Eva’s “secret”, literal, visible vanishings. This possibility of a literal, visual vanishing occurring at any moment with little warning always weaves itself into her secret, insecure, highly anxious, shameful, fearful, panicky teenage growing-up years. Eva worries about her disappearances, because she becomes invisible and visually absent for an undetermined period of time which lately seems to be occurring more often and lasting much longer.
The main calendar time for this story is 1989-2017 and can be conveniently divided into five life stages full of personal-interpersonal experiences. Eva is always moving to new places every couple of years, due to her military Dad’s changing assignments and Mom’s apparent indifference. On the one hand, Eva’s physical, emotional, relational, and visual instability makes her value her interpersonal “connected” relationships, especially her close friendships, but on the other hand, her harsh reality makes her not want to get too close to her soon-to-be-left-behind friends who might find out one or more of her secrets.
Eva’s first life stage from 1989 to 2001 covers her life experiences up to when she is twelve years old and finishes sixth grade. Some of these early life experiences are scattered later into the story.
Eva’s second life stage from 2001 to 2004 encompasses her junior high school experiences up to when she is fifteen years old and finishes ninth grade. Some of these life experiences are also sprinkled later into the story.
Eva’s third life stage from 2004 to 2007 spans her senior high school and graduation experiences up to when she is eighteen years old. It is basically set in the visible and invisible geographical world surrounding Lake Tahoe, Nevada, focusing especially on Carson High School. Eva treasures her boyfriend and classmates with whom she finishes high school, but her normal, inevitable, after-graduation separations are made so much worse by her breaking-up with her boyfriend right after graduation. These life experiences are constantly mentioned later in the fifth life stage of the story.
Eva’s fourth life stage from 2007 to 2017 covers her main invisible experiences during the decade following her high school graduation up to when she is twenty eight years old. Nobody else knows the details about her almost ten year long visual vanishing, which began right after graduation and break-up with boyfriend. During those years Eva spent time in several countries (United States, England, France, Italy, Greece, and Australia) studying and visiting. These life experiences are constantly mentioned later in the fifth life stage of the story.
Eva’s fifth life stage starts in 2017 with her return to the visual world just a few months before the tenth year class reunion and her decision to attend the class reunion to try to win back her old boyfriend. This life stage is basically a return to the visible and invisible world surrounding Lake Tahoe, Nevada, focusing especially on Carson High School and Incline Village, with Sacramento, California serving as a secondary area. This stage provides the main background setting for the story that constantly recalls the previous stages of her life.
The three main male characters during Eva’s fifth life stage are Jarred and former classmates Kaden Rhode and Tait Carlson. The three main female characters from this stage are former classmates Beth, Megan, and Dahlia Rosenfeld. As you read about the reunion, among other characters, watch out especially for Lillie the planner, Tucker and Zach, Garrett the wild man, and Quinton the creep!
Yes, we highly recommend and give five starts to “Vanish,” this Teen and Young Adults book in the genres of Fantasy & Human Interpersonal Relationships. We have now finished reading four of Becca J. Campbell’s books: "Empath," "Vanish," "Constricted," and "Enchanted." After we finish reviewing the last two mentioned books in the near future, we would love to explore another of her books, probably "Outsider" or "Not the Norm."
A special thing for which we want to congratulate the author:
The author has gone the “extra mile” in her story by painting us an accurate picture of a young person who struggles with a severe anxiety disorder and has not coped with that anxiety in the best way. Anxiety disorders and poor coping strategies like cutting oneself are real life issues!
A structural improvement that we would suggest to the author:
Apart from achieving further structural unity, coherence and plot understanding by beginning each chapter with a helpful title that would be included in the Table of Contents, perhaps it would be helpful to use less periodic sentences and use more loose sentences, accompanied by more detail and better structuring of past experiences.
Key applicable questions and thoughts from the book:
1. Dealing with interpersonal problems usually requires finding interpersonal, not just intra-personal solutions like trying to face and “solve” those problems alone, all by yourself. Is dealing with a severe anxiety issue just a personal problem or also an interpersonal problem? Why?
2. Which characters in the story present the following ideas?
a. “I could have helped you through it. That’s why you have friends.”
b. “The relationship ends, but you have to keep on living. That’s life.”
c. “You can’t run away from your problems successfully, because you can’t run away from yourself.”
d. “The worst secrets are the ones that you keep from yourself.”
3. What is the best way to deal with a severe anxiety problem and a severely unwise coping strategy?
a. Isolate yourself from the anxiety problem and hope that it will go away,
b. Fixate on the anxiety problem.
c. Try to manipulate and control the anxiety problem.
d. Find someone who supposedly does not trigger the anxiety problem.
e. Find someone to help you face the anxiety problem a positive way.
Note: We received a free copy of this ebook with the hope that we would read it and provide you and the author with an honest book review.
Vanish is the story of a young woman named Eva who has the inconvenient ability to vanish at random times and for varying durations. It follows her trip to her high school reunion where she not only rehashes old feelings, but confronts truths about herself she had hidden for years. It's a little different from her other Flawed stories. It isn't a thriller with a creepy villain lurking in the shadows. Rather, I would call it a paranormal romance/relationship story. Eva is forced to confront her own fears and insecurities so that she can move forward in relationships without her own walls getting in the way. It has a gripping romance that I absolutely fell in love with--I'm definitely a sucker for a good love story!
Vanish is well written, has likable characters with personalities all their own (I especially love Tait’s character), and overall, an enjoyable read that left me smiling. Becca J. Campbell has a way with words and interesting new worlds, and this latest installment does not disappoint!
(I was fortunate to receive a free copy of Vanish in exchange for my honest review)
I have sort of an odd relationship with Vanish by Becca J. Campbell, in that I read it twice, and not because I loved the book so much that I wanted to read it again, but because I read two different version of the ARC, several months apart. Because of this, I have a somewhat screwed view of the story. I remember parts of the book that are no longer in the final copy—some of those bits I liked a lot, others no so much, but I’m going to try to stick mostly to the current version (as I assume, fellow reader, that this is the version you will be reading as well).
Here’s the thing: I went into this book having no knowledge about what it was about. I was given a two line teaser and signed an agreement that I’d read the book within a narrow 3-week period. I didn’t know the genre, the premise of the story… nothing. What I found, was a rather contemporary urban fantasy with some paranormal and romance thrown in. There’s quite a bit that happens in the story before the reader is introduced to the story—and I’m not a huge fan of stories that do that. Because the main character’s friendships, relationships, and initial disappearance (and subsequent 10-year absence) happened before the story started, I felt like I’d missed a huge part of the action and tension in the story. What I was left with, was a short, sweet story that spans about three days in its entirety.
Technically speaking, the book was exceedingly well edited. The narrative flowed well and pulled me into the story from the very beginning. There were no obvious typos or grammatical errors, and the actions and dialogue of most of the characters rang true. I say most, because the antagonist of the book, a former classmate, and ex-girlfriend of the male lead, was a rather lackluster character. For no real obvious reason, she was obsessed with Tait in a very stalker-ish way, even though they hadn’t seen each other in a decade. Her actions in this and other parts of the story came across as terribly contrived and unrealistic. Her motivations and the way she handled the paranormal aspect of the book just made no sense—and worse yet, fell apart easily once the characters began to stand up for themselves. She was like the evil popular girl in any teen TV show, but this wasn’t a teen book. This is an adult romance… which is probably why it sat so poorly with me.
That wasn’t the only issue, though arguably the biggest. There were mentions throughout the book of other special people like Eva, who also had super powers, but most of them were mentioned in passing and never shown. The relationship between Eva and her former boyfriend was forced upon the reader as something it wasn’t, and then immediately switched out for another romance with Tait, that seemed to pop up out of nowhere. There was no tension (sexual or otherwise) throughout the book, and the little bit of a teaser mystery that was tossed into the description turned out to be not that big of a deal.
Originally, I gave this book four stars after reading the initial copy. There were issues for me with the way the book was touted as a standalone, but obviously tied into another series (this seemed to be edited out in the second copy), but overall, I found it a sweet, enjoyable story. Maybe it’s the fact that I read it twice, maybe it was the edits that changed the story to the second version… I’m not sure, but I ended up not liking the story as much the second time around. It was entertaining, and it was sweet, but I felt that it was missing depth and a sense of tension.
I think this book is best geared towards readers who enjoy sweet, contemporary romance with a paranormal theme, and maybe the tiniest bit of drama. It isn’t a story that’s going to draw you in and make you think, but it makes a nice afternoon read if you’re just looking for something fun and romantic to sink into for a few short hours.