The Rules for Disappearing hits shelves May 14th, 2013.
Here's the summary 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.
What I Liked: 1) The prospect of reinventing yourself intrigues me. I always thought it would be fun to be someone different for a while. I suppose that's why I spent a lot of my childhood in theatre. But Meg brings to light a lot of the downfalls of her current lifestyle. There is a lot of depth in the storyline with how much Meg has had to deal with in her 17 years, and author Ashley Elston approaches it with just the right mix of sincerity and lightheartedness. 2) Do you ever think about how well an author knows their characters? I know that sounds crazy, right? Since they made them up, then of course they know everything about them. But I think that there are huge differences in how authors approach their characters, some know them really well, and some let their characters develop over time. I have to say that I knew going into it that this one was going to be tough. Since MC Meg has lived 6 different lives, how do you create someone that has pieces of all of them? Well, if anyone needs tips, ask Miz Elston. Meg was wonderfully developed from the very beginning, with emotions so raw I could feel them myself. But it wasn't just Meg. Her mom, dad, and little sister Mary all handle this lifestyle in different ways and it's easy to sympathize with each and every one of them. 3) Ethan gets his own little section here because he is one of the most realistic and genteel guys I've met in a book recently. His farm-boy persona tugged at my southern-girl heartstrings and I found him to be very loveable. The way he interacted with Meg's younger sister was very endearing and I was rooting for he and Meg from the moment he crossed the page. 4) The romance. What a refreshing change for a romance to be as slow and sweet at this one was. Instead of a love-at-first-site deal which is ever so popular right now, they just kind of drifted into love. I thought it was very realistic and made me all melty inside. 4) The story-arc. This plot had all of the elements that make me love books. Her plotlines were so brilliantly woven together that each piece fit perfectly with the story and nothing ever felt disjointed or out of place.
What I Didn't Like: I loved everything about this book.
Overall Thoughts: The Rules for Disappearing is a fantastic mix of drama, humor, romance, mystery and action. I felt as if I was living this story, every pain, every fear, every ounce of determination, and every apprehension, and every piece of hope that our MC Meg felt, I felt it right along with her. The emotions ran high as I kept hoping that with every new day Meg might find some scrap of evidence that might give her a semblance of normalcy in her life. I wanted it for all of her family members. Rich and realistic characters put this already awesome story over the top, and the refreshingly sweet romance was something that touched my heart. I loved every piece of this story, and talked about it nonstop for days and days after closing the final page. I highly recommend you add this to your TBR lists!
My Rating: 5 shots
Special thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.