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Watch Me Disappear

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published January 17th 2014 (first published August 2012)
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Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents and YA
Shelves: young-adult
So realistic a portrayal of high school, a teenager could've written it. Lizzie is a young senior, who is attending her third high school. She is an excellent character. I'm sure we've all known a Lizzie when we were in high school. The other kids are great, too. It's high school! Read this and remember....

So well written, funny, surprising, and reminiscent. It's wonderfully fascinating to see Lizzie learn, grow and change. Her parents are just perfect. I love their transformations throughout t
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch Me Disappear is a book about acceptance. It is about finding it in others and finally learning that sometimes you have to accept yourself and what your actions have brought. Lizzie is easy to identify with. She is a flawed character who makes actual discoveries about her own nature and the complicated and contradictory natures of her peers, those seeming stereotypes who are as different as her own. Watch Me Disappear is a book in which not everything lines up as expected, and is that much ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: notable
How often do you come across a YA story in which senseless, tasteless teen romance is not the main idea of the book? Can you remember the last time you read a novel where the characters didn't blindly throw themselves at each other? They actually think things through before doing them, such as what could happen in a relationship?

If you like books with intelligent characters and a bit of romance, I highly suggest you read Diane Mulligan's Watch Me Disappear. I think you'll like it.

We are introduc
Melysah Bunting
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Watch Me Disappear by Diane Vanaskie Mulligan is a story about a young adult trying to make the most of her senior year in high school. Lizzie Richards is a sheltered girl who has moved around all of her life. What happens when she moves to town where the girl next door is out of control, a new BFF steals her crush, and she starts disobeying her strict parents’ rules?

Lizzie loves to eavesdrop on Maura by listening to her phone conversations out on the back patio. That is how she stays in the loo
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining read. Not your typical story in that there are lots of things that happen to the protagonist that you would think will go her way but don't. I like that Lizzie in the end realizes that things aren't always just black or white. ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Watch Me Disappear was not the book I expected it to be. I was expecting another sappy, high school drama, that sounds just like the lectures you hear in school about how to keep your grades up, pick good friends, and stay away from harmful substances. Fortunately, that's not what I got. What Mulligan actually wrote was the story of a relatable young girl named Lizzie Richards. Lizzie has moved around most her life, and has moved again to a new school for her senior year. A fresh start? You cou ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story really had me from the very beginning. Maybe it was the very nature of the main character and her cynicism that I can completely relate to or maybe it was just the story itself. You know how some people always think the grass is greener on the other side, that is until you get there. People are very fickle and can never decide exactly what they want and this is very true of teenagers. At least that’s my experience and it goes without saying that it is the same in this book.

We meet Liz
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Oh where do I begin.....well, I've just started into reading more YA or New Adult books and the title for this book intrigued me. I remember high school and while it's a fun experience for some people, I really felt as if I had quite a bit in common with the heroine - Lizzie - of this story so I wanted to give it a try. With plenty of laughs, a lot of insi
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, li ...more
Watch me Disappear is a young adult novel detailing the life of high school senior Lizzie Richards who has just moved to Massachusetts and transferred into another new school. Lizzie struggles to fit in and find a crowd where she feels comfortable while also trying to gain a little independence from her extremely controlling Mother. Lizzie manages to find a good friend in Missy who is also a new student and starts falling for a boy named Paul. However, things get complicated when Missy also show ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was supplied to me by the author in ebook format for an honest review.

This book is very honest! Even though I get very angry with some of the teenagers of this generation, the author nailed it when describing everything, examples: swearing, loser guys that sit around all day and do nothing, fighting over boys, skipping school, social networking, drugs, sex, etc. Although as a parent most people would say, I don't want my teenager to read this book, but the truth is that teenagers of to
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I have to admit that this wasn't one of my favorite reads. I had a hard time finishing it. I didn't really like Lizzie very much so I guess that set the tone for the book for me. None of the characters really drew me in to where I felt a connection to them.

I sometimes felt bad for Lizzie. Her parents are overly strict and she has very little social grace. I think we can all relate to her feelings of wanting to fit in and have friends. We all go through that to some degree or another in our live
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 just what it turned out to be for me.

Lizzie is the new girl in school, and she wants to reinvent herself and start over fresh at this school. We really aren't given much of her background information to know why that is. The only thing that we do learn about her is that she has very strict parents. She isn't even all
Katrina Welsh
Watch Me Disappear is heavily based on its characters and their relationships with one another. I have to be honest, I didn't really like Lizzie and there's bound to be some problems if I didn't like the narrator of the book. I thought she was very vain, jealous, petty, up herself and most of the time, she wasn't even aware of doing it because she was so sheltered by her parents and I guess she doesn't know any better. Not only that, I can't really pinpoint my feelings towards all the other char ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
First off, I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, so thank you Diane Mulligan!

Honestly, the book was ok, but I think it could have been better.
I'm not sure how to feel about Lizzy. At the beginning, she's a fairly good person, but she lets her friends influence her too much and she goes with the flow of high school life. I just don't think she is a realistic character, because I'm in high school and I know no one like her.
Missy is another character who bothers me. She is not faith
Vibina Venugopal
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is again a high school novel... An easy breezy read through Lizzie's life taking us through a cascade of events of high school..Lizzie hates to start all over again as a senior in a new school..With a highly ambitious father she is been on the run from school to school coping up with his peaking career...As the days progresses Lizzie enjoys her new life, her school, new friends, she even manages to make some friends online , her days becomes brighter as she is involved in more school events ...more
This story had promise and potential yet it just never made it. Lizzie and her family moved at the start of her senior year of high school. She was forced to become friends the girl next door, Missy. One night by babysitting she became serious and ended up going through Missy’s computer. Needless to say Missy figured it out and it became her mission to make Lizzie’s life miserable.

I took that as a sign that something was bound to happen. You know the turning point where you know good or bad, thi
Stephanie Ziegler
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. It is fast reading and is exactly like a teenager's mind. Pure honesty of mind versus speaking words that people only wanted to hear.

The title, Watch Me Disappear, applies not only to Lizzie, the main character, but to Maura as well. This book teaches important lessons through Lizzie, but pay attention to Maura. Sometimes issues are far greater and easier to hide than m
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author and wasn't sure what to expect, given that I tend to read more non-fiction these days. But 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. I appreciated Lizzie's resourcefulness in making new friends and cheered for her when she surreptiti ...more
Damn. I liked Lizzie's blunt sarcasm and easy-going manner. Yes, her parents were very strict but they let up eventually. That wasn't really the main problem.

This book revolved around Lizzie's transformation from friendless wallflower to best bud sidekick. But I hated the other characters. Maura was problematic, she needed serious help. Maladaptive behavior much? But it didn't really end the way I wanted for her. Missy? One thing I know about people is that if they are too nice and too perky the
Chuck Abdella
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a superb novel. I was hooked during the first chapter and I believe I'd read 50 pages before I even looked up. I just could not put it down. Ms. Mulligan does a nice job of presenting standard high school stereotypes (e.g. the popular girl, the valedictorian, the charmer, the bookish shy girl) and then smashing those stereotypes. Her characters are complicated and defy categorization, and the plot is filled with a pitch-perfect understanding of adolescent interactions. You find yourself ...more
Melonie Kydd
While I was reading this book, I noticed that it did touch on the topics of peer pressure, eating dosprders, young love/infatuation, bullying and abusiverelationships. The author did a good job addressing tbese topics; however it would have been nice to see a more in depth look at topics and issues as well as having a more hardy life lesson for characters.

The enotions of the main character were well played and writen and did have depth to them; along with an edge. A look deeper into secondary
A little on the boring side, this book was one that I kept wondering why I kept on reading. Perfect daughter turning into inperfect daughter back to perfect daughter just didn't seem to keep me interested. But I did finish the book, probably won't read it again, but would recommend it to anyone who wants a small insight into a teenager who has never broken the rules and then has a moment of breaking the rules to see what it is like. Could be that some mothers out there could get a few ideas abou ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 were overboard strict the book didn't flow very well and it left me wondering where exactly this was going and what was the message I thought it was a love story but it wasn't more a pinning for a friend but never getting said friend and it ended a bit abruptly for me there was a sort of not really HEA there was so muc ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch Me Disappear is a book about acceptance—finding it in others and, ultimately, learning that sometimes you have to accept yourself and what your actions have wrought. Lizzie is easy to identify with—a flawed character who makes actual discoveries about her own nature and the complicated and contradictory natures of her peers, those seeming-stereotypes who are as multilayered as she. Watch Me Disappear is a book in which not everything lines up as expected, and is that much more satisfying b ...more
Jen Minkman
For a book with a title like 'Watch me Disappear', I expected something more intense, somehow. This is an interesting book (it did keep me reading) but I felt as if there was never any big revelation or conclusion at the end of it; it sort of meandered on and on. I thought the portrayal of Lizzie as a selfish teenage girl was done quite well. This did make it hard for me to connect with her - she was so incredibly judgemental about everything (but the good thing is that she actually realizes thi ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I wasn't sure what to expect what I started this, but I absolutely loved it. Lizzie is starting senior year at a new school and has never quite fit in. She is very real and very honest. She calls herself out on selfishness and being quick to judge, acknowledging that she's disappointed in herself. She goes through making and losing friends, popularity and all that entails. She actually reminds me a lot of my high school self, and a lot of people could probably relate. ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
I may have liked this book when I was younger but being that I'm in my late twenties, it seemed too juvenile for me.

I love reading YA books - it's one of my favorite genres. But sometimes I stumble upon a YA book where the main character comes off sounding younger than he/she's supposed to be. That was the case with this one. I just couldn't get into it and didn't really like the main character. Therefore, about 25% in, I'd had enough and decided to not finish it.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Diane pens "Watch Me Disappear" in a plot that portrays a coming of age story for teens. Her characters were interesting, well developed and highly relate-able. In a story line that flows smoothly, you will find yourself wrapped up in the messages. Highly recommended for all YA and adults alike.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this is a book any teenager can relate to - trying to fit in, making new friends, falling in love. I was just a little disappointed by the ending. I didn't feel as though the story was completely finished. Sometimes that happens with books and I am one of those that enjoys the epilogues at the end to give the characters some sort of ending - whether it is a happily ever after or not. The ending left me wondering. ...more
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I am the author of three novels. My most recent, What She Inherits, was published in January, 2017. My first novel, Watch Me Disappear (2012), was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category in 2013, and my second, The Latecomers Fan Club (2013), was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner. In 2015, I released a brief guide book to self-publish ...more

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