Review: The Art of Disappearing by Elena Perez

Title: The Art of Disappearing
Author: Elena Perez
Published: July 17th 2012 by Alloy Entertainment
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Source: eArc

Delia can see the future . . . but can she change it?

All Delia wants is to be popular. She has the perfect plan: join the cheerleading squad with her best friend, Ava, and rule the school from the coolest table in the cafeteria. But everything changes the day she watches a boy die—before it actually happens.

After dreaming about a classmate’s demise, she’s shocked when she witnesses his last breath—just like she dreamt it. Ava insists Delia stop acting so strange, but Delia worries her abilities are beyond her control.

Torn between who she is and who she wants to be, Delia wishes she could simply disappear. She doesn’t get her wish, but when someone close to her vanishes, Delia must use her gift to solve the mystery, before it’s too late.

The writing style of this book was really interesting to me. It’s not quite prose but it kind of has that same flow to it. Almost as if the sentences are shorter and it’s more of a haunting voice. He makes it a bit hypnotic. When I think back on the book it leaves me in that weird ghost like daze. It was difficult to put down.

Delia, what can I say about her. She starts off the book wanting to be popular. She is in the popular crowd actually but things take on a whole new light when she sees someone die before her cheerleading tryout. Not only does he die but she realizes she had a dream about him before, even though she had never met him. This sends her into a tail spin. She decides not to to tryout for cheerleading, which causes the first rift between her and her best friend Ava and then things start going down hill from there.

This story is not a romance there is none in there so if you are looking for a break from that this is a nice read. It is a story about relationships though. The ones that Delia has with her mother and the ones she has with her friends/classmates. There are so many things in this book that remind of real high school. Getting kicked out of one group finding a new one, going back to old group, changing your appearance and look twenty times over.

Delia has a very interesting family dynamic. She has a stern mother, a flighty aunt and an unusual cousin.

There is some paranormal to it. It’s actually very subtle and comes across as a power your friend or neighbor could possess without ever knowing it. Which makes it more of an interesting skill. Delia has a hard time figuring out exactly what is going on but as she discovers more hidden things about her family pieces fall into place.

I enjoyed the book and I felt it was definitely different than my normal reads. It was a fun book to break away with.