At 18 years of age, Bruna Gomes is already an award-winning writer. How to Disappear is her debut novel. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. She has received awards in various Sydney-based writing competitions, including the 2020 Mosman Youth Awards in Literature, and runner up in the Northern Beaches Young Writers Competition. When Bruna isn't writing, she enjoys traveling, reading, and time at the beach.
"Loved it! I liked the unique 2nd person point of view a lot.
...I really liked how the author pulled it together. Everything fit
together pretty well and I did like the main character. ...a very
good book that I definitely enjoyed."-Serena Gandon for
"...if you are looking for an interesting and mind bending read, I recommend How to Disappear by Bruna Gomes. It could be a nice change for a beach or poolside read, and could lead to great discussion at a book club. It's also not purely young adult, either. I think many adults could relate to the concept of escaping your own 'mediocre life'. Lean in. Enjoy the ride."-Lorettajo Kapinos for NetGalley
"This was definitely a cover pick for me but I gladly stayed for this utterly messed up story. I loved every aspect of the writing style so much, it was fantastic.... this book is a whole mood, I suggest you go for it."-Dora Mlinko for NetGalley
"I really enjoyed the premise of How to Disappear. It was refreshing and unique."-Riley Wiederhold for NetGalley
"Bruna Gomes takes a plunge into the deep end of the pool with her debut work, How to Disappear. Her approach will take an adjustment on the part of readers, but once your adjustments are in place, there are rewards for you here, rewards that promise a bright future for Gomes. The author does a superb job engaging her readers in the heroine's stream-of-consciousness internal dialogue. This half clear-eyed, half delusional narrative carries all aspects of the story with it.... We encounter, up close and personal, a troubled young woman's journey in which she's endlessly on the run... That we believe and accept these sometimes shocking crimes is clearly a testament to Gomes's skill in rendering her protagonist's mental state and motivation. In fact, I look forward to Bruna Gomes's future output. She has a grand skill in describing a character's internal conflict, up to and including a convincingly shaky mental health. She can also describe a physical locale effectively and economically, and the whole sets a mood for the reader quite well. This beginning promises good things to come."-Basso Profundo