Monday, May 13, 2013

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (ARC)

The Rules for Disappearing
Ashley Elston
Exp. Pub.: May 14, 2013

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.

Megan and her family have spent the better part of the year in hiding, shuffled by the Feds to one location to the next, sometimes just mere weeks after being given a new identity. And all for what? Well, Megan doesn't know. Her parents are tight-lipped about it all, which is really infuriating to a girl in her senior year who constantly has to abandon a new life she's worked so hard to build-up, even forced to leave a guy waiting for her to show up for a date she'll never get to.
Once again, Megan and her family have been moved, and this time, they're requiring a full change of identity, chopping off her long, beautiful blonde hair and giving her an awkward brunette pixie cut and brown contacts to cover her blue eyes. She can't even recognize the girl in the mirror anymore. That, on top of a mom that's become a drunk, a father that won't talk to her much and a little sister that's pretty much shut down at the age of eleven, Megan decides enough is enough. She doesn't know what her father has done, but she's determined to end this horrible life of running. And with a new guy in her life that she can really see sticking with, she's determined to get what she wants one way or another.

The Rules for Disappearing didn't offer anything I didn't expect, nor did the twists surprise me, having figured them out long before they came to light, but it was still an enjoyable read about a chick that just felt relatable. I think most people can kick back with this novel and come out pretty satisfied, even though it seems a little farfetched that teenagers would go to such lengths and think they could outsmart the FBI. And any book that can keep my attention and get me to read it through the night in one sitting without bothering to sleep, always gets five stars from me!

ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion for honest review.

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