Watch Me Disappear By Diane Mulligan
Title: Watch Me Disappear
Author: Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
Date Published: 8/2012
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 she thinks most kids have. She’s bracing herself for another lonely year at her third high school when her neighbor Maura gets sick of watching her little brother when she could be partying. Thanks to Maura’s plotting, Lizzie becomes everyone’s new favorite babysitter. Seeing her opportunity, Lizzie decides to break her mother’s rules by using Maura’s computer to create a secret Email address and Facebook account. She is quickly friended by Missy, a fellow transfer student as eager for a friend as she is. Things are looking up for Lizzie until Maura’s ex-boyfriend Paul sets his eye on Missy. Caught between her new best friend and the neighbor whose friendship promises instant popularity, Lizzie doesn’t know what to do—because she’s fallen for Paul, too
Watch Me Disappear by Diane Vanaskie Mulligan
from Chapter 1:
I swear, every time we move to another town and I have to start over at another school, my mother looks
at me and thinks, “Maybe this time she’ll make some friends.” She’s a realist. She never advises me to go
out there and be myself. Instead she tells me to use this fresh start to reinvent myself, which means to fix
whatever is wrong with me.
All I want is to be invisible. My plan for senior year at my new school: Get straight A’s and get into a
top-tier college. But this move is different from all the others. This time, my dad keeps reminding me, we’re
moving home, to the town where he grew up. This isn’t Texas (which is like another planet) or California
(which is like another universe). My entire life, this has been the one place we’ve always returned to, but up
until now, only for short visits. There’s the park where I learned to ride a bike, the ice cream shop that makes
the world’s best mint chocolate chip, the hill behind my grandmother’s house where my brother and I used to
go sledding on snowy Christmases. Maybe this time I can let my guard down a little and not just be the quiet
new girl. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
|Diane Vanaskie Mulligan|
Diane Vanaskie Mulligan began writing Watch Me Disappear during an after-school writing club she moderates for high school students. This is her first novel. She holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she’s the managing editor at The Worcester Review and the director of The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference You can also find her occasionally strumming her guitar and singing at various bars in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband.
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