Vanish Me by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Disclaimer: I received this finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Vanish Me

Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg

Book Series: Runaway Train Book 3

Rating: 4.5/5

Diversity: Lesbian MC, gay and asexual characters

Recommended For…: young adult readers, contemporary, 90s themed, book series

Publication Date: February 10, 2022

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (depression, postpartum depression, pregnancy, bipolar, running away)

Explanation of CWs: Different mental health issues are discussed and shown, like depression, bipolar, and postpartum. Pregnancy is mentioned and shown. There is some running away as well.

Publisher: Wise Wolf Books

Pages: 251

Synopsis: When former singer Nico Sullivan goes missing, her estranged daughter, Love, finds her mom’s old diary. Using each entry as a clue to her mother’s whereabouts, Love takes a trip to L.A. with her best friends Frankie and Caden where she discovers that her feelings for Frankie may run deeper than she’s willing to let on.

While diving deeper into her mother’s old life, Love struggles with her own social insecurities and abandonment issues. But as she’s searching for lost parts of herself, Love also discovers something unexpected—a deep-rooted and shared love of 90s grunge music with that of her missing mother.

At turns heartbreaking, inspiring and mysterious, Vanish Me is a portrait of a teenage girl desperate to find herself among the cracks her mother left behind.

Review: For the most part I loved this book more than the other two. The book did well to show themes of friendship and family. I loved the self discovery into the main character’s sexuality. And I loved the ending as well. The characters were well done. The world building was well done as well and the pacing was on point.

The only issue I really had is that I wish the book had more to it and with the mystery in it.

Verdict: It was great!