Release: 10th January 2019
Synopsis: Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear. With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she? She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now. As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.A moving book focusing on loneliness, social media and how the rise of the internet can quickly take over your life.
This book was unlike anything I thought it would be like. The book focuses on so many important topics, and with how involved Kat became in social media, I could understand why being away from it ruined her so much. She felt so isolated and out of touch, and I really felt so heartbroken for her as she had to deal with being bullied so much.
I loved the writing style, it was so honest and raw. The characters of Kat and Wesley were so different, but also the perfect contrast to each other. They showed both sides of such an awful situation; the victim and the one behind the victims sadness, and it was so interesting seeing how they both dealt with that.
The ending was so beautiful and as someone who has dealt with loneliness before, it really resonated within me. Everything was just so honest and speaks out about such a devastating topic.
As part of the tour, we were asked to answer this question: “How has the internet made your life better and how has it made it worse?”
The internet has made my life so much better because it’s introduced me to so many amazing people. In particular it gave me Mariam, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. The internet also allowed me to follow my dream of writing about books, and sharing that love with so many people!
However it has also made it worse because at times I get very overwhelmed with stats, keeping up with social media, and feeling the need to prioritise the internet over my own health. It’s a very mixed bag!
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