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Overview: The Rules for Disappearing

Eight months, relocating six times, each time with a different identity in a different city. It is too much for anyone to ask. Isn't it??And worse yet, for Meg and her family, it could happen again, anytime. Meg and her family have been a part of some sort of witness protection program that has caused them to relocate to six places in less than a year, each time being forced to live with a new identity and giving into the frustrating pressure of trying to identify with their new identities. 'The Rules of Disappearing', published by Hyperion Book CH is debutant writer Ashley Elston's first book in this series. And much to anyone's surprise, she sure does know how to make it gripping and edgy. This installment of the series is spread across 320 pages and packs a punchy story that gives the readers a treat of suspense, thriller, emotions and a racy story.

Over these eight months of incessant shifting and the perennial fear, this family has started losing its grip of their real selves. Seventeen year old Meg is losing her cool and to aggravate this feeling of hers is the weird hair color she has been subjected to this time. Her mother is an alcoholic while her father is under severe depression and is concealing a great deal of details in his 'silent words' and her eleven year old sister is not being able to put up with this game of 'change and hide'. Now that the protagonist and her family have been moved to Louisiana, Meg wants it to be her last alias. Fed up with this life of lies, which seems like forever, she resorts to dig deeper into this mystery. She intends to know what her father is hiding from her, what did he see or do that has had this entire family go through a rough roller coaster ride which isn't any way near being stable. She wants to set things right.

These eight months of shifting and changing her identity multiple times has made Meg reclusive. She has an aversion towards making friends out of the fear that she might have to change her location and identity yet again ,would have to start afresh and this is something that would tske a toll on her emotional status. She has become an introvert. But loneliness is man's achilles' heel. How much so ever he might crave for solidarity on the outside, deep down within he longs for company, company of like -minded people, people with whom he could be at ease, could be himself. In Louisiana, Fate has something else in stored for Meg. Inspite of her efforts to keep away from it, she is charmed by a farm boy named Ethan Landry, who thinks he is smart enough to realize that Meg is concealing something from him.

The gravity of the situation is drawing upon Meg as with passing time, her mother is further drowning herself into alcohol, and as if her father's secretive phone calls weren't enough to intensify the situation, the 11 year old sister withdraws further. And the newly started relationship adds to her predicament as he hits the road of old memories. All this gives her a fillip to unravel the reality.

Together, he couple sets out to find out the reason behind her family's subjection to constant upheaval and with resolve, they both enter a dangerous scenario, dangerous enough to be called fatal. The writing skills employed by Ashley are impressive and the story contains just enough twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the book. Just as when the reader starts anticipating things, the writer brings a new loop in to the story. This is a book that'll be enjoyed by all for its gripping story and impeccable depiction of myriad of human emotions.

The book, published in March 2013 comes in a hardcover binding and can be easily purchased at www.junglee.com at a reasonable price.

Features: The Rules for Disappearing

  • Hyperion Books
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date May 14, 2013
Publisher Hyperion Book CH
Contributor(s) Ashley Elston
Binding Hardcover
Maximum Age 18 years
Minimum Age 12 years
Page Count 320
ISBN 10 1423168976
ISBN 13 9781423168973
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Product Dimensions 15.2 cm x 2.5 cm x 22.2 cm
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  1.  Part Mystery, Part Romance 4 March, 2014 On Junglee.com
    I was pretty excited about reading this book, because, come on, just take a look at the blurb, will you? And I wasn't disappointed.

    Meg had the perfect family. Her father was a lawyer, her mum loved to organize parties at home, she and her friends were the 'cool' people at school, and yeah, her sister was the typical pesky little sister, but whatever, you can't have everything. And then, one day, the day she finds out that not everything you see is true, everything collapses. Her father did 'something' (if only she knew what!) and now they're all stuck in the Witness Protection Program with the FBI

    Meg and her family have been on the run for eight months. They call it Witness Protection Program, but for all intents and purposes, it's the same thing as being on the run. Every few months the 'Suits' turn up and yank them out of their current safe house (you cant call it 'home'), stuff them into a windowless van and off they go to their next destination.

    This time, their destination is Natchitoches. After eight months of no stability or answers, and having to leave new friends every time, Meg is determined for things to change:

    1. I will not join any clubs
    2. I will not try out for cheerleading or any other sports/teams
    3. I will not make any friends
    4. I will discover the truth no matter what

    Needless to say, she doesn't really succeed in her goal to not socialize, because the people in this town are just as determined to include her. On her first day of school, she meets Ethan, who very quickly sees the discrepancies in her back story. Pretty soon, she makes an enemy in Ethan's twin sister, Emma. Her father wont give her any answers despite her questioning him, her mother is almost constantly in a drunken state, and her sister Teeny goes into a panic if she sees men in suits or if Meg comes home late. And on top of all this, she's almost certain she's being followed.

    My heart went out to Meg and Teeny. I can't imagine how it would be to have every single movement monitored (she cant even go online), and never know when you might have to pack up and go. It's obvious that being in the program changed Meg in a fundamental way. Her relationship with her sister is much closer, almost like they're each others only anchor. And with her mother incapable of taking care of them, it falls on Meg to do things for Teeny. She reminded me of Katniss from The Hunger Games in that aspect. The author gave Teeny a central role in the story, and this is one of the few books I've read that does that.

    I loved that even though they're names were changed so often, they still kept some part of themselves with them. When it's just family, her father still calls them by their nick names - Sissy (Meg) and Teeny. Teeny's current name is Mary, but I came to think of her as just Teeny; the names suits her perfectly.

    The secondary characters in the story are great. Ethan turns out to be persistent in his pursuit of Meg. Inspite of her pushing him away time and again, and sending him mixed signals, he still goes out of his way to be nice to her and Teeny. The budding relationship between the two has several 'aww' moments, when they're just too cute for word; you know, that stage when they're still shy with each other.

    During Meg's search for the truth, we find out more about her past, and slowly, the truth comes out. There were several instances when what was happening was so clear, but still Meg just didn't get it, and that really makes you want to smack her a bit. She doubts herself and keeps thinking that it's all 'in her head'. Really, when a person start behaving way out of the norm and your journal goes disappearing, would you still think it's 'all in your head'?

    The mystery is in layers and each is peeled back at its own pace. At the end, there's still one one little mystery left unsolved, and you know me, I like my ends tied firmly, so that drove me a bit crazy for sometime.

    Each chapter starts with a Rule for Disappearing by Witness Protection Prisoner #18A7R04M, which was one of highlights of the book for me.

    In parts sweet (the romance) and intriguing, in parts makes you want to hit the MC for being so thickheaded, The Rules for Disappearing is a light mystery that leaves you wanting for more.
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