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The Rules for Disappearing (Rules Series #1)

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    The Rules for Disappearing is probably one of my favorite contem

    The Rules for Disappearing is probably one of my favorite contemporaries that I've read. While I am not usually drawn to the genre, I chose to read and review this novel because the author, Ashley Elston, is from my area. I read the book well before it's time on my reading schedule because I was a bit curious about the writing style, and I like glancing at the first page when I'm scheduling myself a certain amount of reading time. The next day, I had finished the book.

    I guess I should tell you a little about the book itself. I want to call The Rules for Disappearing a light read because I breezed through it, though it's not necessarily light subject matter. Bad guys being out to get you and ending up in the Witness Protection Program isn't exactly a walk in the park. Poor Meg has to deal with constant upheaval, a loss of her former life, being deterred from making any new connections, a closed off day, a breaking down sister, and an alcoholic mom. However, it was easy for me to connect with her because she still goes through many things that teenagers deal with, Witness Protection or not. Meg feels like she's an outcast with ugly clothes, betrayed by her friends, and responsible for sticking her nose precisely where it doesn't belong. I think we've all been there. I felt like a lot of what Meg went through was metaphors for those (and other) teen struggles.

    I really liked most of the characters, which helped move the story along. Meg was tired of her situation, and I love that she decided to do something about it. The mom in me was screaming at her because it was a terrible idea, but still. You have to love a YA heroine that doesn't just lie down and accept what's happened to her or wait on Prince Charming to rescue her. She also loves her family despite their flaws, real or imagined, and is very protective of her little sister, Teeny. Ethan, the love interest, stole my heart. He didn't give up on Meg no matter how many times she pushed him away, and he was always there for her, no questions asked. I even liked Meg's parents - Dad really did have their best interests at heart and Mom was trying, dammit.

    I don't want to give too much of the story away because it really is a fun read. I was never exactly surprised by the events in the book, but I didn't grow bored with them. There was just enough suspense to keep me interested, but not so much tension that it made me skip ahead in the book. (Yes, I am guilty of that.) There is some romance involved in the book, but if that isn't your thing, rest assured that it does not overwhelm the story's plot.

    All in all, I think The Rules for Disappearing will be enjoyed by most YA readers, especially teens. It's a great mystery with realistic characters and is a fun and easy read.

    4.5/5 Stars

    *To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received the book for reviewing purposes as a part of Itching for Books Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. The advance digital copy was provided to the tour by the publisher, which has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Best book ever!

    This was the best book i ever read. It took me 3 days to read it. I cant wait until the rules for breaking comes out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    This book grabs your attention and keeps you going at every turn

    This book grabs your attention and keeps you going at every turn.  All my students were reading this book so I had to see what the fuss was about and I'm glad I did.  I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us!  Get this book!  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 23, 2014

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    KiSS UR HAND 3TIMES POST THIS ON 4 DIFFRENT BOOKS AND LOOK UNDER UR PILLOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    The rules for dissappearing

    It is a great book to read. You guys should read it sometipme. It really grabs your attention . I really like to own this book but i really dont know how much it costs to buy it. It certainly grabbed my attention in the middle of the book. I think this is my favorite book of all time. I would certainly read it if i had nothing to do.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Really interesting. I would love it to be made into a movie.

    Really interesting. I would love it to be made into a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Loved

    Great storyline. I could hardly put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Awesome book!

    Meg Jones is tird of witness protection- and she wants to get to the bottom of why they got there. Her plan is no ( boy) freinds, so she wont end up in some other sucky placement, but with Ethen theres no way she cant help falling 4 him, and dragging him into this mess.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Let me start by saying how much I adored this book! Leila Howlan

    Let me start by saying how much I adored this book! Leila Howland has written a brilliant work here… It was such a different book from most things I have written and I couldn’t put it down until the very end, yep, that AWESOME!




    Meg is so tired of running, and she just wishes that she knew what she was running from. And then when she ends up in this town and meets Ethan.  Oh, Ethan. Yeah, he is so going up on my board of boy book heroes! He just won’t leave Meg alone, he keeps at Meg and keeps trying until he finds a crack, and well, I won’t tell you anymore, cause that might spoil the story, but, let me tell you, I don’t know many young men that would stand up and do what he did!




    Oh, and I can’t do this review with out talking about Teeny, Meg’s younger sister. In this town she goes by Mary. Teeny is Meg’s whole reason for going on when things around her seem to be crumbling.  Meg’s dad is acting weird, her mom is turning into an alcoholic, and Meg is starting to feel paranoid and spending a lot of time looking over her should, and with some good reason… things are starting to become clearer to her over time.




    When  they first moved into town, Meg set up a plan, not to get involved with anyone or anything, and that seems to be crumbling.  But now she’s worried that she is going to get someone hurt.




    This was an AMAZING debut novel by Leila Howland and I loved it (did I mention how much I liked this one yet?) I so couldn’t put it down and had to read to the end to find out what happened!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Great!

    This is a great book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you wanting to read. I read the book in two days. I couldn't put it down!

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