How to Disappear

How to Disappear

by Ann Redisch Stampler


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ISBN-13: 9781481443937
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Rick.

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How to Disappear



I’m not Catherine Davis.

My hair isn’t brown.

And I have never lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve never even seen the state of Oklahoma, despite what this convincing but completely fake ID says.

Or, technically, not fake.

Just not mine.

Cat Davis.

Born in Oklahoma City (where I wasn’t born).

Got so drunk, she didn’t even notice when her license was stolen right out of her bag nineteen years later. At a frat party (where I shouldn’t have been) in Galkey, Texas (where I didn’t want to be).

Stolen by me.

Morally speaking, this wasn’t my most glittering moment. But it definitely answered that Sunday School question of whether I’d steal bread if it would keep me from starving.


I would.

The license just seemed like one more untrue thing to stuff between me and my past. A tiny piece of laminated plastic I actually thought of as my ticket out of the obituary column.

One more little thing I needed to make it to the age of seventeen alive.

That, and a different-looking face and a different-shaped body and bulletproof skin.

That, and a heart of stone.

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How to Disappear 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KatieDuds More than 1 year ago
More than a little far fetched. I've watched a lot of Law & Order myself but would not consider that a valid resource for evading someone trying to kill me.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A Contemporary "whodunit" with a touch of romance Note: This review contains NO spoilers Yet again...I have read another emotionally driven story by Ann Redisch Stampler! This time, How To Disappear is a mystery thriller told in two points of views. Two major characters whom of which are involved in a murder one way or another. The story pretty much follows a "whodunit" scenario. Did Nicolette, also known as Cat, commit the murder...or did she witness it??? That is the question...right!?! Then there is Jack who is sent, by his brother, to "get rid of Nicolette" with whatever means necessary. They both go through this cross-country journey pretty much discovering on the run and the other chasing the other. Cat and mouse...right!?! Anyways, these two characters learn and fall for each other based on a bunch of lies...but is it all lies!?! With each of their distinct perspectives intertwining with each other creates a cohesive story that brings the reader(s) to solve this mystery. I also enjoyed the building romance between these two characters, even with their own secret agendas in place. Moreover, the romance was subtle...without taking away from the mystery thriller in the story. With each perspective, we delve into their minds and thoughts of the tension they carry with them. Although these two POVs carried the story forward, I just couldn't help feel that the middle of the story dragged... and seemed slow. But then's probably just me. Moreover, the story's flow maintained it's continuity which kept me in the dark on Nicolette's innocence or guilt. Even Jack started having his doubts if she committed the crime. Of course, that's what make for a good mystery thriller... The end being a total shocker...haha!
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Rounded Up How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler was twisty and turny and so much fun to read. Nicolette is a sixteen year-old on the run. A murder near her home has her fleeing small town Ohio and hitting the road with a pocketful of fake names and a bag full of hair dye. Jack is the opposite of his family, smart, and on a straight path, he displays none of his family’s murderous traits. Until a threat to his mother’s life convinces him to join the family business for just one job. Find Nicolette and end her before she can escape. Told from both Jack and Nicolette’s perspective in alternating chapters, it was an engrossing read watching them creep closer and closer together. Then, unexpected attraction turns a cat and mouse game into a deadly fight to keep love and themselves alive. The pacing was constantly moving forward and I loved how there was very little down time in the action. I also liked the character motivation. It never felt hokey to have Jack hunting down Nicolette and the way their stories crisscrossed only enhanced the tension. The thing I enjoyed most about this read was the ending. Until the last few chapters this was a good book and I was enjoying it. However the ending made it and the epilogue sealed the deal. It was so well plotted that I never saw it coming and the way a lot of tiny things were buried in the story that you could only see a the end made it so good. And back to the epilogue, holy crapsticks it changed the entire book! I had thought I knew where everyone’s motivations came from and their true actions and then bam, everything changed. It was such an inventive way to tell the story that I had to go back and re-read passages to see them in the light of the new information. How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler was definitely a winner of a thriller for me. Original review @ I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
LarkPaula More than 1 year ago
This book was an adventure, to say the least. Just when you think you have a handle on exactly what’s going on, it twists on you. How to Disappear will keep you guessing right up the last sentence. Every girl should have a friend like Nicolette, and every girl should keep that friend right where she can see her. She is that girl who rides the waves life throws her way, but when there is an emergency, she’s taking the bull by the horns and getting stuff done. She can take care of herself when push comes to shove, and she proves it throughout this book. Jack is the kind of boy I love to read about: smart, fiercely loyal, broken but recovering. He’s fighting against the odds and winning- until this mess with Nicolette goes down, that is. All of his hard work and years keeping his nose clean are jeopardized with one visit to see his brother, who gets him roped into a terrific mess. In case you’re an adult considering handing this book to a young teen, fair warning that there’s some adult behavior going on here. In particular, there is a motel room scene that is flat out smexy, leaving out just enough detailed description to keep it from being dragged into NA territory. That ENDING. Holy buckets of crows, everything comes all together in just the last few pages. So many small details, things that were a little fuzzy but minute enough to gloss over, come into sharp focus when the lens is tilted to just a bit of an angle. It’s been a while since I read such a satisfying final page. Kudos to the author for wrapping it up with that particularly twisted ribbon.
tiff76 More than 1 year ago
How to Disappear is about a girl on the run and the boy she meets along the way…the boy who has been sent to kill her! HtD was a super fun romp with a great heroine and a really engaging plot. There were a lot of twists and turns and the ending was epically awesome/totally amazing/rocked my world! If you like mystery/suspense, you can’t go wrong with this one. Although HtD is YA, it also has definite adult mystery appeal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Redisch Stampler has recently made her mark as one of my favorite authors. Her books are like the best bubble gum gloss with a barbed violence coursing just beneath (and at times right on) the surface. She is so talented! She'll draw you right in and not let you go until the end. Such was the case with How To Disappear. A total wild ride as we follow Nicolette and Jackson as they zig zag across the U.S. and across vast psychological territory. It's fast-paced, hard hitting, sexy and a a lot of fun. Be sure to read Afterparty as well - one of the best y/a books about a toxic friendship out there!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I really liked the premise of this and I'm a sucker for dual POV, so I was fairly eager to get to it. Nicolette and Jack are interesting MCs. They both have slightly sarcastic inner monologues, so by the time they start interacting, it's kind of a snark fest. The pacing of the book is pretty fast, but it still seemed a bit long and drawn out. I liked how everything went down and the surprises that I didn't see coming. I would have liked an epilogue or a sneak peak into the future, but I also thought the ending was fitting. Overall, it kept me interesting and turning the pages. **Huge thanks to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
A girl who is on the run and the guy sent to hunt her down - you can see where this is going. They are going to meet, fall in love and that big thing about him being sent to hunt her down will be the obstacle in their relationship. He will try to save her instead, but she feels betrayed - cue the angst. Yes, it hit some of my expected tropes, but it was also an entertaining read, made so by Nicolle, who is an enigmatic and effervescent protagonist. She seems like she is all fire and impulse, but the girl is smart - she figures out how to hide, how to evade and only lets her guard down when approached by a hot guy in a seemingly innocuous situation. Despite being on the run and knowing she will be a fugitive for the foreseeable part of the future, she lets herself have something with him. All this while, she has been crossing over any moral lines she had for herself - stealing, breaking, and cheating to stay alive but when he enters her life, she is ready to feel something other than plain survival. For his part, Jack is doing it so save his family, and he has been told that she is a murderer who has to be dealt with quietly. He doesn't count on finding a hot-headed, but good-hearted girl. There is still that shadow of doubt, but when he decides that he doesn't want to be his father, that's where the pace of the story changes. Now, they team up and plan out their next step, and not to spoil anything, but Nicollete is devious. I mean, that last chapter was unexpected, even for me, and explained so much of the inconsistencies I felt was lurking in the first half of the plot. It is a fast-paced read, and it takes a bit of time to get used to the Nicollete's voice, as it is filled with details and you have to re-read sentences to not miss the subtext. Overall, a little cliche, but an entertaining contemporary with little surprises sprinkled throughout.