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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Rules for Disappearing.

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston. 
The Rules for Disappearing (The Rules for Disappearing #1)
 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.
Thoughts: I read a review for this book and was immediately interested. I mean it is about a girl who is fed up with WPP! It just sounds fun :) Plus the cover was pretty mysterious and the review was positive. So I was happy to pick this up at my library a couple weeks ago.
The Rules for Disappearing is about a girl named Meg. At this location anyway. It's not her real name, it's one that she chose for this town, it's her family's sixth placement in the witness protection program. She is sure that something her father has done has landed them in the program. She was yanked away from her life and after the first few placements she's learned not to make friends. It just hurts to much to leave. She is sick and tired of hiding and being unreal.
The moving and stress is tearing her family apart. Her sister is unstable sometimes, just freaked out about everything. Her mother is drinking herself into oblivion. It's getting serious. And her father is withdrawn and doesn't seem to want to deal with the problems. Meg is determined to get to the bottom of why they're in the program. Her first plan though? Not to make friends with anyone at school, to be invisible. That doesn't work out so well. Especially when a boy named Ethan starts asking her questions about her past.

Pros:Just the whole idea of the story rocks! I loved how cool and spy like a bunch of this book felt. She's trying to escape WPP...it's funny and deadly serious all at the same time. So the plot, really interesting. I did guess the "big reveal" pretty much. Although it's not really the huge plot explosion...only half so. It happens about the middle of the book or so. The ending is so super exciting so even if the secret is a bit guessable, the ending makes up for it. Ethan and Meg were so cute together :) Ethan was just so nice and sweet. Dependable. The fact that he wore camouflage so much made me reminded of a guy I know, so I can added his looks to Ethan. Yeah weird. But I really liked him. Meg I liked and I really was glad that the author pulled off her character so well. She could have come off so annoying and brat-ish, but she came out just right I think. She was tough but was still able to accept that she needed help. And she was sweet :)

Cons:Apart from some parts of the book being a little unrealistic (isn't that what we love about books though?) I didn't really have any problems with the writing and characters. There were a couple semi-minor characters that were annoying and didn't seem to have too much of a part, which could annoy some people. But there was a really cool scene towards the end that totally makes them worthy of being in the book.
Content wise there was some making out, I believe that they end up sleeping in the same bed but nothing really happens (sorry my brain is farting, but I think I would remember otherwise :P) and there is some violence mentioned/remembered from the past and blackmailing and FBI-like stuff. There were 215 cuss words.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters and adventure were both enjoyable and great :)I didn't like the language but otherwise the content wasn't bad. It was a sweet and action-packed adventure together. I would recommend to 14-15+ teen girls who enjoy some excitement, spy like stuff, and a touch of romance :) 
Rating: 4 stars.
Love, Sierra

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