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How to Disappear

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,689 ratings  ·  656 reviews
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) 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 pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicu
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Theresa And *I* agree with Chesire Cat. I read a lot of YA and I found this book to be very PG in comparison. It mostly just depends on the child's reading ab…moreAnd *I* agree with Chesire Cat. I read a lot of YA and I found this book to be very PG in comparison. It mostly just depends on the child's reading abilities/reading level. (less)
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Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
i think this book is so important. this is the kind of book where you dont really focus on if its written well or wonder if it will one day be considered a masterpiece. this is the kind of story that you remember because it touches you personally. i wouldnt consider myself to have social anxiety, but i was able to relate to vicky very much. everyone has things that make them anxious, things that make them uncomfortable. and living in such an online driven society, its so easy to escape our real ...more
Sharon Roat
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you to every reader and reviewer! I appreciate your honesty and always learn from your feedback, good or bad. I'm constantly growing and evolving as a writer (and human). You are a huge part of that journey.

If you enjoyed this novel and want to hear more from Vicky/Vicurious... you can find her on Instagram @vicurious. She is looking forward to hearing from you!
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I try to never cry about myself. If I cried about myself I’d be bawling all day, every day.”

This was a contemporary story about a girl with an undiagnosed social anxiety disorder, who became famous on Instagram.

I felt really sorry for Vicky in this story, and I could totally relate to her anxiety over social situations.

The storyline in this was about Vicky creating an Instagram account and post
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Sometimes books come along that just match our headspace. And this book did exactly that for me. Was having a rough time of it, feeling quite low about things out of my control... And I picked up this book. It's a book about insecurities. Loneliness. Isolation. Feeling somewhat less than. And it spoke to me.

Thankfully I don't suffer with the crippling social anxiety that main character Vicky does. But that didn't matter with my being able to empathise fully with her. Because there was a truth to
Kate Olson
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
One of my top 5 YA books of 2017 and a mandatory read for parents, teachers and administrators, this story of social anxiety and the lure of social media to replace real life is frighteningly real.

I just want to first give a shoutout to a fellow school librarian Carli Sauer (@the_loudlibrarian on Instagram) for bringing this book to my attention pre-publication - I immediately pre-ordered it for my HS library after reading her READ THIS BOOK review of it, and then when it showed up on release
Booklover (Ash)
8th March 2021 re review.

This is a story of a girl who created another life for herself.
This is a story of people reaching out for each other.
This is a story of creating friendships that last beyond distance.
This is a story of loneliness, pain and misery.
This is a story of knowing that you aren't alone.
This is a story of the people in the shadows.
This is a story embracing who you are and accepting your life.
This is a story of friendship, hope, care and perhaps most importantly, being there for
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This year hasn't been so great for me when it comes to finding good books. I had no idea this would have been the one to give me some hope.

Vicky is feeling lonely since her only friend, the only one she ever needed, moved away and found a life of her own. Her social anxiety had never been a problem but now it becomes so apparent even her mother won't give her peace. That's when she creates Vicurious, another self who is able to go to places and do things Vicky could only dream with just a little
Sierra Elmore

HOW TO DISAPPEAR is many things, but the thread connecting them all was Vicky's social anxiety. As somebody with social anxiety who NEVER sees it accurately in fiction, this book was an absolute godsend. From the first page, Vicky's fears mirrored my own, which isn't a bad thing. It means that I, and other people with social anxiety, have found a fantastic heroine to relate to and root for.

Other favorite parts of the story included:

The Examination of Social Media
Booktastically Amazing
Apr 08, 2021 marked it as to-read
Well, there's this small thing called The Void, which I'll be jumping into if this ever occurs to me.
Which it won't.
4.5/5 stars

How To Disappear is a standalone Young Adult contemporary novel.

The narrator is high school sophomore Vicky Decker. The book is told in 1st person POV.

I really had no idea what to expect from this book. But I was very pleasantly surprised. This is my first book by this author. And I was very impressed.

Vicky has extreme social anxiety. At first I was a bit shocked that there could be teens with such severe anxiety. But as I continued reading I found Vicky's issues to be extremely fasci
Maggie Thrash
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made me so emotional! I am obsessed with Instagram, so the story really hit home. It's a super real and honest portrait of the power of internet personas. How phoniness and the pressure to be picture perfect can actually destroy lives. UUUUUGHGHGGG this book really got me ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
3.5 stars. A good arc!

In case you didn't read the blurb: Vicki has social anxiety and is always lonely. She ends up creating an Instagram account detailing her loneliness, @Vicurious, and discovers she might not be alone after all. Yes, it's a bit of a cheesy concept, but this book executed the premise very well.

The best thing about this book is that no characters are completely unsympathetic. Even characters who seem standoffish are developed and realistic, which I loved, and Vicki ends the bo
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads giveaway .
"How to Disappear" is a standalone Young Adult contemporary novel about a girl with an social anxiety disorder, who became famous on Instagram after her best friend moved away.I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for everyone to give it a try .
04/03/20: reread #1
ahhhhh this book is just perfect!!! i reread it for a school project, but it’s still as good as it was the first time (if not better)!!! seriously, just read it 😭 such an underrated gem

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I READ THIS BOOK A FEW MONTHS AGO (before I had Goodreads, hehe) AND LOVED IT!
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This one really tugged at my heartstrings, while filling me with hope.

This book was such a wonderful surprise! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, but I also found myself relating to so many of the things Vicky did and felt. Roat did such an incredible job telling this tale, marrying social media and social anxiety to produce a pretty special coming-of-age type story.

Things I Liked

The positive use of social media: In my heart, I know there are a lot of pros to social media. It j
Dwi Grandison
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vicky Decker is ME and it is nice to not feel so #alone in my random fears and anxieties ! This book is fantastic. As a person who suffers from social anxiety and a mother of teenage boys this book really spoke to me. I found myself talking to Vicky, when she was afraid or anixious. I nodded my head in agreement when she went over her Terror List and added things . I completely dove into her world and Sharon Huss Roat's writing skill allowed me to do so effortlessly. Thank you Sharon Huss Roat f ...more
Mridu  aka Storypals
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I went in into the book expecting something, as I read it turned out to be something else and well it ended on a very different note.
The author definitely wanted to give out and talk about a very important issue .. somehow achieving that with this storyline didn't quite work. :(
I really wanted to like this book, given how much I was enjoying the first few chapters..
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the characters, the story, the social media aspect of it all.
Full review coming soon :)
Paula  Phillips
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was one that will tug on your emotional heartstrings as we meet Vicky Decker who is shy and has severe social anxiety especially now since her best friend has moved away and she feels all alone. One day while playing around with photoshop as Vicky is a photoshop genius, she creates a new Instagram account called Vicurious where she posts photoshopped pictures of herself at events surrounded by people. As the book goes along, we read as the account Vicurious goes viral, and the number o ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
many thanks to nicole ann @ wild pennings for writing such a great review that i immediately picked this book up. [read that reveiw here]

i loved how social media aka instagram was such a huge part of this book because yes!! hello!! it really is a huge part of teen life these days!! also how social media is used for GOOD STUFF in here. the mc, vicky, has a great character arc. she's got social anxiety, and her one and only best friend moved away, so now she's a loner. she starts this instagram ac
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! In fact, I finished it in under 24 hours. It's a compelling and heartfelt story about finding yourself in the age of social media. I had so much empathy for Vicky as she battled her anxieties and fears, and I was rooting for her every step of the way. Highly recommend you pick this one up! ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but ended up loving it. I think it deals with a lot of issues (social anxiety, pressures from social media, suicidal ideation, etc) that our students face today in a fresh and relevant way. Students will instantly connect to Vicky, and teachers can learn a lot from her struggles.
This book was so amazing and I had a lot of emotions with it. It made me laugh. It made me cry. Happy tears. Sad tears. I was an emotional rollercoaster. I definitely highly recommend this to anyone who suffers with social anxiety, because it represents it very well. 5 out of 5 stars, for sure.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
such an underrated book. i wish more people talked about it. highly recommend
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads and I think maybe it was meant to be. As someone who has suffered from extreme anxiety and depression for most of her life, it was nice to see a realistic character navigating her life with the same issues. Yes, she is a teenager and I am far from a teenager, but I still saw myself in Vicky. It made my heart so happy to see people accepting her for who she was and working with her through her anxiety.

This is the story of Vicky, a teenager trying to survi
ria :)
Dec 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i’m not good at writing reviews but i this book made me feel seen. i felt less alone.
anyone who is battling anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, and any sort of pain I just want you to say ‘me too’ and that i care for you. if you ever need anything, pm me.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had me laughing and nodding my head in shared understanding by the first chapter. Loneliness, social media, and friendship are all key themes which are handled beautifully in this novel. How To Disappear is funny, moving, and so very realistic.

Vicky's best friend Jenna has just moved away, exposing Vicky's social anxiety in a way she's never before experienced. Now, there is no one to answer for her, no one to talk to when she can force words out of her mouth, no one who understands h
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Will write a full review once I wrap my head around how much I absolutely LOVE this book. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.

Full Disclosure I know the Author which can sometimes make reviewing a book even harder but not for this one..................


Vicky Decker's best friend has moved away and she is left behind to deal with high school and her, at times crippling, social anxiety. In an attempt to regain her footing she creates an Instagram persona Vicurious which takes on a life of it's o
Natasha Sinel
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance reader copy of this book. I was so excited because I LOVED her Sharon Huss Roat's first book BETWEEN THE NOTES. And HOW TO DISAPPEAR did not disappoint me. Not one bit. In fact, I think I LOVED it even more! Road captures our current obsession with Instagram and other social media as the need to be seen so beautifully. Vicky is incredibly sympathetic and I found myself just praying for good things to happen to her. I was also a little envious of her amazing ...more
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Sharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pa., and now lives in Delaware with her two children. She is the author of HarperTeen novels BETWEEN THE NOTES (June 2015) and HOW TO DISAPPEAR (August 2017). Visit her online at, on Twitter @sharonwrote, or Instagram @sharonhussroat. ...more

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