‘How Not to Disappear’ tells two stories, the story of Hattie pregnant at seventeen and Gloria an elderly lady struggling with dementia. These two stories intersect in a road trip across England. Like many YA novels this one explores themes of identity. As Gloria begins to feel as if she’s losing herself she tells her stories to Hattie in an effort to not disappear. Hattie in turn needs to decide who she is and what she is capable of. A fairly simple read about the importance of family and friends and the parts of ourselves that are embedded in them.
Age recommendation: 12+