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The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
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
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I think the romance was a needless addition here because darn it when we’ve a girl and family on the run, taking on new identities and hiding in plain sight…should all those not suffice? The outcome of it all was something I was enjoying. The craziness their situation brought out in her and all those around her, the paranoia she was feeling, and even the bitchiness and the sullen moments the situation brought out made sense to me. So why the sudden addition of a boy and how cute he was, huh?
The first half was solid given all the things I’ve already pointed out. Take teenager and mold tell her to be someone else. Do this more than once. Step back. There’s bound to be some interesting moments to follow. And indeed they did… especially in how they all coped (didn’t cope) by themselves, with each other, and then for each other. How she reacts is so different from how the rest of them because where she’s pissed off and wondering, her mother’s drowning everything and everyone (herself included) out, her father’s disappeared, and her sister’s simply lost. It all made sense. The first half had me mad for her then sometimes at her, ‘till discoveries are made and then I got a little lost.
It went from family drama in an unconventional set up to this mystery that didn’t quite add up for me. Plus teens to the rescue, hello? How many times have I wondered over why kids were doing the rescuing? At the same time, there’s teen romance to consider because suddenly she’s new girl and sticking out. So of course, there are mean girls and jocks as well as bad boys (but not quite) thrown in the mix.
It was a good start. I just it had kept on in that direction.
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