The Rules for Disappearing (The Rules for Disappearing #1), by Ashley Elston
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Book #: 1
Publication: May 14, 2013, by Disney-Hyperion
Format: Hardcover Edition (Borrowed)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Since I've been so slumped up lately with not so good-written books... This one really made me smile.
It was like magic, literally. I really loved this book. For a debut, it was truly amazing because not all authors can accomplish something that Ashley Elston has just done-- at least to me. This was an addicting gorgeous debut that truly shines from others, just look at the concept!
Okay so the whole book revolves around something mysterious and unexplainable... at least until the end. You've probably read other reviews which explain that this book is about "Witness Protection" and all that. And it's true. I originally stayed away from that concept when thinking about what this book is really about but the whole thing is based on that, so stay tuned if you're in. :) I really liked how it's all about something different and special. Have you ever read a YA book that is about something like this? I don't think so, because we probably would have heard about it already. It's just such a nice thing to focus a mystery on.
Meg has been six different people in the past, but not through different bodies or anything. She's been moving for a long time all around the US, hiding from the government who is trying to catch her dad for something that she has no idea why, but the truth really isn't that far from her reach. When she, her sister and her parents move this time into a small town is Louisiana, Meg vows not to make any friends, join any clubs, and certainly not fall in love. Little does she know she'll end up falling in love and will find out the truth... about everything and her locked up past.
Meg's past is really what this book focuses on. Her parents are very stubborn and don't allow her to "open the lock" and find out everything. And that frustrates me a little and many other readers because we want to see Meg happy and knowing everything. Don't we all wish the best for good protagonists?
I didn't really have a problem with Meg trying to solve the mystery behind why she's in the "Witness Protection" at all. It just does frustrate me because Meg is an awesome heroine and after all of that stress at school and at home with her mom, she deserves to have the best and be free of being shut down. Meg was a really tough confident protagonist who readers can really look up to and relate to.
This book was really fast-paced. So much happened all of the time and I ended up anxious after every chapter, scared to see what would happen to the characters and happy at the same time because of the outcome 24/7.
The only flaw in this book was the boringness in the middle of the book and Teeny. The book did have its boring parts, especially in the middle when there was no action and things got a little old. But it only bothered me for a .5 rating, so we're all good here, right?
Next off, Teeny. I couldn't stand that little brat. EW. I'm sorry, but I really do love kids.
It's just that Teeny was annoying and the world seemed the revolve around her. -_-
The romance between Ethan and Meg was just absolutely stunning. It was just so strong and AHH, it left me lost for words. I loved Ethan so freakin' much, no matter what the haters say. He was absolutely the perfect adorable bad-ass and is the type of guy who can be bad and so sweet at the same time, don't you just love him? Another fictional crush, yay. *squeals*
Overall, this book was absolutely fantastic. The ending was great and left us wanting more, I can't wait to get the sequel!