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Monday, March 11, 2013

Book Review: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

 **I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review**

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.

My Thoughts:  Imagine living in 6 different places in less than a year.  Imagine having 6 different identities in less than a year.  That is what Meg Jones has had to deal with.  The worse part of it is that Meg doesn't even know why her family has been put in the Witness Protection Program.  She assumes that it is something that her father has done and has vowed to found out what he did.  

Meg has 4 rules as she starts her new school.  She will not make friends, she will not join any clubs, she will not have any boyfriends and she will spend her time figuring out why she is in the position she is in.  Her plan goes out the window on her first day at school when she meets Ethan Landry.  Ethan is sweet, funny and very persistent.   He won't leave Meg alone and Meg cannot find it in her to push him away.  

Meg finds herself enjoying the small Louisiana town that her family has been placed in and actually feeling like she belongs.  She gets a job at a pizza place and even starts to make friends.  Even Meg's sister, Mary, starts to open back up.  Mary is eleven and had shut almost completely down by this move.  Thanks to Ethan and Pearl (the owner of the pizza place that Meg works), Mary opens up and starts to become her old self.  The only things that are putting a damper on things are Meg's mother's alcoholism and her constant wondering what happens.  

There are several creepy moments in this book that I really enjoyed and that left me wondering what was going on.  Some of the moments (like the laundry room scene) seem to really have no reason to happen but were still creepy.  The only thing that really bugged me was that Meg is only 17 and Ethan is 18.  For some reason, Meg thought that, once she knew what placed them in the Witness Protection Program, she could outsmart the FBI/US Marshalls.  It irritates me when the main character is so young and yet so incredibly stupid.  She has no gun, no training in how to stay safe, no real plan and yet she takes off and tries to fix the problem with no help from the professionals.  The fact that she didn't get herself killed surprised the heck out of me (although that wouldn't have made for a great ending).  I also guessed the "bad" guy right away.  It didn't really make the story any slower once I knew but it definitely wasn't unpredictable. 

Despite my few problems with the book, it was a such a good read that I finished it in one day.  It was fast paced and definitely kept your interest.  It had enough mystery and romance to keep you happy and there were those creepy moments as well.  The cliffhanger at the end will leave you wondering what in the world is going to happen next!

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