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The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston | Book Review

Title: The Rules for Disappearing

Author: Ashley Elston

Series: The Rules for Disappearing #1

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thrillers, Romance

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication date: May 14th, 2013

Pages: 320

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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.

“But there is one part of this that hurts. The carefree, normal part. The part of me that was lost when we first moved and that I’ll never get back.”

I have to say I’ve heard nothing about this book before I decided to pick it up, and I honestly don’t know why. This was my second Ashley Elston’s novel I’ve read, and after loving This is Our Story, I wanted to pick up another book by her, so this was one I was intrigued by. And even though I didn’t adore it as much as I liked her other novel, I have to say it was still a pretty good book and I enjoyed reading that type of plot.

I believe I have never read a book where our main character was in a witness protection program (there was one episode in Criminal Minds and I found it so interesting but no books), so reading through the eyes of someone who is in one was quite unique and intriguing (even though it probably wasn’t 100% accurate but still). There was also this whole mystery surrounding the main character Meg and her family and the reason why they were in that program. I really loved that atmosphere, it made me want to keep reading to discover what happened and why they were running away from, so that was pretty cool!

“He hugs me tight while I look behind him, scanning faces like I did a few seconds ago. And like I will do for the rest of my life.”

I have to say sometimes I wanted to strangle Meg, but I think she was a very real character other times. I loved the relationship with her sister (she was super adorable) and even though there was a lot of drama with the family, I have to say her interactions with her little sister were pretty nice. You could see how they cared about each other and I love to read stories about sisterhood (even though it wasn’t the main focus on the novel).

I also really enjoyed the romance and her love interest. Usually ships are a hit or miss to me (mostly hits but there were other times where I hate the couples!) but I really like Ethan! There’s a bit insta love-ish at first, but I really enjoyed how the author made them friends before turning them into lovers (I’M LIVING FOR THOSE STORIES WHEN THEY’RE DONE RIGHT) and also Ethan was a really cute guy who worried so much about Meg and honestly, he wasn’t mean or anything.

“Don’t forget who is a friend and who is a foe. And don’t forget, sometimes a person can be both.” 

 What I have to add is that it was a bit predictable to me. Now me being me I knew I had 90% chances to discover the whole plot twist before it actually happened, and I was right. I knew most of those things, so they didn’t surprise me as much as if I probably wouldn’t know (duh). There were a couple of things that felt quite obvious and so I was like “well… okay”, BUT there was something I didn’t know that had to do with the things I guessed, so that’s why I didn’t lower my rating that much, because I still enjoyed the story.

And after that ending… I really want to continue reading the second installment because I’ve already had a few theories and I’m super pumped to figure everything out!

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