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How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 at 6:02pm

Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight. But when her mother gets desperate for her to make friends, Vicky decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into photos and posting them on Instagram under her screen name, Vicurious. As Vicurious's online followers multiply, Vicky soon realizes she's not the only one who feels #alone and #ignored in real life. And to help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to come out from behind her screen, stop living vicariously, and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

This book was amazing, I would honestly say it was one of the best books I have ever read. It is an absolute must read for people attending, or working at a high school and I would highly recommend it to everyone else as well. It makes you stop and think about the people around you, the ones you're close with and the ones you may not know very well, and wonder what they may be struggling with that you don't know about. It reminds you that everybody is really the same when you get right down to it, everyone wants to be loved, excepted and to feel like they belong. That we can get so wrapped up in ourselves and our assumptions of people that that can be forgotten. One particular thing I really liked about this book was the way it looked at the good parts of social media, instead of the bad. How social media can bring people together when they need it most and how it can change people's lives for the better. I loved everything about this book and it will definitely be one I read over and over again.

- Lilja, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

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How to Disappear

- Young adult hardcover

by Sharon Huss Roat - $21.99 - Add to Cart

From the author of Between the Notes comes a story that shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn't as great as being the person you truly are. Perfect for fans of Vivi Greene's Sing and Susane Colasanti's Now and Forever.Vicky Decker's social anxiety has helped her to master the art of hiding in plain sight, appearing only to her best friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky's isolation becomes unbearable. So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people's photos and posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious.Instantly, she begins to get followers, and soon, Vicky has made a whole new life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she amasses online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her--#alone and #ignored in real life. To help them, and herself, she must stop living vicariously and start bringing the magic of Vicurious back to life.