The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published: May 14th, 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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.
As soon as I started reading this book I found myself incredibly anxious to know why Meg and her family are in Witness Protection. I was so curious I almost flipped to the back, but I knew that would ruin it, so I just kept reading it as normal, but perhaps a little more quickly than I might have if I wasn't dying of curiosity.
I liked Meg from the get go. She might have tried to push people away to keep from losing people again, she didn't want to get close to anyone who may disappear from her life in a short time. But she was never real good at it, at least when it came to cute guy Ethan. He had this way of seeing through some of her antics and he just pushed forward, determined to know her. He was great to her, even when she was rude, and he was great with Megs sister who quickly grows close to him.
Ethan was a pretty great character, I enjoyed his personality a lot and liked at how he could see through Meg's antics. He knew something was up and he was determined to get to the heart of it and figure it all out. He was sweet and it was his moments with Mary, Meg's sister, that really sold him for me. He was very good with her and a guy like that is hard to find. Most are uncomfortable with younger kids and he definitely was not.
The family dynamic in the story was great. They were really suffering and needed some help. Meg's father kind of closed everyone out and her mother had turned to drinking and spent all her time drunk. Meg was what was holding the family together and she feels she's going to crumble at any minute. Her sister, Mary, has been struggling and is drawing into herself and Meg will do anything to try to heal her family. The only way to do that is to get out of Witness Protection.
I enjoyed being along for the ride as things start piecing together. I got creeped out when Meg felt someone was watching her and those moments she knew she was being followed or messed with. I just wanted to run FOR her, to get away from whoever was there. As things came together I found myself surprised at a few twists and enjoyed finally figuring everything out. I was definitely satisfied with how the story wrapped up but still had this little 'something' that could work for a future book. It could be a stand alone, but it looks like there is a second book scheduled for release next year and that makes me happy. I definitely recommend this one!
Disclosure: I received this book at ALAMW. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.