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The Rules for Disappearing

(The Rules for Disappearing #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  8,544 ratings  ·  853 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Wendy Darling
This is the type of book that usually never works for me in YA, but this one totally did. Sure, I guessed the secrets ahead of time, but honestly I liked the voice/characters enough that that didn't even matter.

The full text of this review appears in The Midnight Garden.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anytime I hear mystery, romance, and danger as descriptors for a story my ears immediately perk up. I love the thrill of trying to piece together a mystery, and the way my heart rate races when reading suspenseful scenes. Add in a romance that makes me swoon, and you have my favorite type of read! The Rules For Disappearing ticked all those boxes for me.

Meg, the name she goes by now, has been moved six times in the last year as part of the Witness Protection Program. This time seemed different
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Another fake identity for "Meg" means another town, another school, another life altogether. In a book like this, mystery becomes the main element of the plot; why and who are they hiding from. Even though the book is actually a pretty good contemporary with decent characters and a compelling romance, the mystery element lost its flair for me fairly quickly, leaving me with a lukewarm read with some sparks, but not enough to hold its flame.

The fire of this one initially died when the plot kept
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
There are several keywords in a book blurb that quickly hooks me in, "Witness Protection" is one of them. Unfortunately, I found this book to be frustrating and dull, the love interest an obtrusive jerk, the mystery not engrossing, the ending too rushed, and the people involved too willing to go along without any explanation. Ultimately, there were too many flaws to keep me engrossed.

"Meg" and her family has been under Witness Protection for almost a year. Without any explanation from the federa
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The Rules for Disappearing is a book for those who are prepared to put logic aside, a least for a little while. It is comparable to an action movie, albeit one with solid characterization. It is captivating and very impressive in some ways, but if you expect it to be realistic and to always make sense, you might end up disappointed.

Meg and her younger sister Mary have been through so many witness protection placements that they don’t want to choose their own names anymore. Their parents are taki
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I felt like a lost Chihuahua when I finished reading this. Yep, that's totally a feeling.

Let me explain. From the summary you gather that "Meg" is in witness protection but she doesn't know why, after the sixth move she gets tired of not knowing and she sets out to find the truth. Now, I just want to say that I did read the summary of this book before I read it/requested it, but I kind of forgot the summary or more like didn't really absorb the summary - I'm selecting my words wisely here - the
The Rules for Disappearing was a pretty good book. It mostly helped me with my drive from my house to my work today because I was in traffic for 2 FREAKING HOURS! Yup, so I definitely went to my kindle app and read the shit out of this book. Now since it was on my phone.. well the pacing was kind of all flip-floppy. It was still highly enjoyable though and I wanted to figure out what the hell was happening as much as, well probably more than, the MC mystery girl.. who has way too many names to r ...more
Gray Cox
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh-okay
Yesterday my mom ambled into my room and plopped herself down in my bed, this wasn’t unusual because my mom often comes into my room to hang out and hide from my seven younger siblings (she’s secretly sixteen at heart still).
“This looks good, is it?”

I looked up from my laptop to see her holding up The Rules for Disappearing. My mom is a bookdragon at heart, unfortunately, it’s hard to read a lot with a horde of kids, but she occasionally steals books from me.

“It’s okay,” I said, glancing back
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.

The Rules for Disappearing starts out with a 17 year old girl and her family, who are in witness protection being moved from one location to another. We soon learn that this isn't the first move, but that there have been 6 moves so far. The main character, who is
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Ethan. He might very well be the best part of this book. Okay, maybe not the best part because I really enjoyed the storyline and the other characters as well but I just adored Ethan. He was just amazing and I love that he never gave up on Meg. That he pushed her when she didn't want to be pushed and stuck with her when she didn't want anyone there. You have to admire a guy for that.

Where to start with the rest of the story? Hmm, not sure really without giving too much away.

Meg is in wit
Farah 🌈
Apr 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
I just discovered this book on my recommendations and here I am, le me scrolling down and all (majority) of the arc reviews include either 4 or 5 stars (the blurb is also intriguing <3) and now I'm like:
Colleen Houck
Wow. Poor kid! I feel for the heroine in this one. Loved her boyfriend. He's really dreamy. Also was craving pizza pretty much the whole time I was reading. But not the pizza with shrimp and seafood. Do they really eat that in Louisiana? ...more
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
I love every tiny bit of this book!

I hope the statement above give you a jump start on how I really feel about reading this. I plan to write my review about this read with that statement just written over and over again thinking that that would be enough for you to check it out but I guess I could still share other insights about it to push you more to read this because it was sooooo worth it! I know the year just started and there are way lot more books to come out but I know Rules for Disappea
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This is a story about a girl in protective service who had to move a bunch of times so she is not up for meeting new people when she is forced to move to a small town in Louisiana. Her family was upper-middle class (I think) before they had to change their identities. Meg (or Sissy) is determined to find out the truth from her parents but they aren't really the sharing types. Dad is always working while mum is constantly drunk so she mostly takes care of her sister, Mary (or Teeny) who is afraid ...more
What a book!!!

This is the kind of book your could dive into for hours at a time and gladly stay immersed in for the rest of your life. Deeply moving, humorous, filled to the brim with mystery and suspense, and with a brilliant plot, The Rules for Disappearing is a killer read which will have you wishing for more :)
Brittany S.
4.25 stars

Initial Impressions:Ohhhh what an ending. I liked the creepiness of it, the mystery, the thrill - even a few good twists! Although one I saw coming. Very enjoyable and I read it really quickly! Once it got really good, I didn't want to put it down!

Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide:I can honestly say that I was intrigued by THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING since the first page. Witness protection program? Yes, please! I mean, wait…. I just want to READ about it. In no way do
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
On the run from the bad guys, Meg has been through several moves and identity changes. She's lived by a set of rules that had so far saved her sanity from their last two relocations. Under the Witness Protection Program, she's learned not to get attached, not to make friends and to make herself as invisible as possible. But when their family was yet again relocated to Louisiana, remaining incognito had become impossible. Thanks to a boy who wouldn't leave her alone, a family on the verge of inev ...more
This was the first book I've ever read that's about the Witness Protection Program. I didn't really know a lot about it so I was looking forward to this book and I had very high hopes. But I guess my too high expectations were just tooo high and unforetunately, I was left really unsatisfied and unimpressed.

I had a bit of a problem regarding the characters. Meg really wasn't anything special. She was SO boring! She had no personality whatsover and let me tell you know, I wanted to strangle her y
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Source: I own an ebook copy of this book.
Cost: Free

Title: The Rules for Disappearing
Series: The Rules for Disappearing #1
Author: Ashley Elston
Overall Rating: 4 stars

Have you ever seen Our Lips Are Sealed? That 90's/2000's Mary Kate and Ashley film? That's what this book reminded me of, only more dark, and less fourth wall breaks. "Meg" and her family are in the witness protection programme and they don't know why, or at least Meg and her younger sister don't. Her dad works 12 hour shi
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The original review for this title can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

Christina's Review:

** Special Note: ** An eARC of this title was provided by the author/publisher via Net Galley for review purposes during the blog tour. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition.


The Lowdown: Meg (or it could be Madeline, Isabelle, Olivia depending on where her family has been relocated
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Maybe 3.25? I actually really enjoyed this and read it in one sitting, but the rating is based off of some writing and plot issues that I had along the way.
Jaime Arkin
In The Rules for Disappearing we meet Meg Jones... or is it Madeline or Isabelle or Olivia. Meg herself is having trouble keeping it straight after eight months of new identities and new places to live.

This time Meg and her family have been yanked from their apartment in the middle of the night, her hair has been chopped off and she has to wear boring brown contacts. Her destination this time... rural Louisiana.

Over the last eight months she's found she has more and more questions though, and
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-release
A more detailed, full review to be posted at The Flyleaf Review closer to publication.

This book grabbed my attention right away after reading the Goodreads synopsis: a fed up teenager in the Witness Protection Program trying to figure out what her dad must've done to land them there? INTRIGUING. And the good news is this book totally lived up to my expectations.

There are a lot of very cool things about this debut by author Ashley Elston. There is the engaging premise, who hasn't wondered what l
Sara I
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read a review for this book and was immediately interested. I mean it is about a girl who is fed up with WPP! It just sounds fun :) Plus the cover was pretty mysterious and the review was positive. So I was happy to pick this up at my library a couple weeks ago.

The Rules for Disappearing is about a girl named Meg. At this location anyway. It's not her real name, it's one that she chose for this town, it's her family's sixth placement in the witness protection program. She is sure that somethin
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog

“But there is one part of this that hurts. The carefree, normal part. The part of me that was lost when we first moved and that I’ll never get back.”

I have to say I’ve heard nothing about this book before I decided to pick it up, and I honestly don’t know why. This was my second Ashley Elston’s novel I’ve read, and after loving This is Our Story, I wanted to pick up another book by her, so this was one I wa
Z (Through The Inked Pages)
Hm.. This review will most likely contain spoilers.

2 stars seems like too much for me. I really liked the first 3/4 of this, but the ending just went downhill. I don't have The Rules For Disappearing next to me, so I can't really extract examples from the book that I disliked (I will once the weekend comes).

The Rules for Disappearing has nice characters, and there were some funny moments. However, I felt detached from the characters. Meg is just confusing and hard to connect with. I understand w
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2013
Mystery always pull me in so it's no surprise that I wanted to read The Rules for Disappearing. It's like a book about multiple personality disorder without the actual disorder. It makes me think and think hard about life on the run. It isn't always glamorous. It isn't always oh-so-cool. The reality hit me hard and I left me on the floor gaping.

There is irony in the way each chapter begins with a rule, the rule Meg simultaneously breaks. I felt her pain and I kept thinking why did Ashley Elston
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Meg (it's Anna really) is in the witness protection program with her family and she is now on her sixth move. This time she is determined to survive it unscathed, meaning no clubs, no friends, and no boyfriends. And this time she is going to find out what her father did to get them into all this. Her mother is drinking too much, her little sister is withdrawing into herself, and her dad is not telling her anything.

I was intrigued by the premise of the book, probably because I don't read a lot o
Emily Donnellan
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Rules for Disappearing follows Meg as she tries to figure out what happened to land her family in the witness protection program. She has been in 6 placements since she got stuck in the program and her family is falling apart. Meg wants this to be her last placement but with her track record she isn’t hopeful.

Possibly my favorite thing about this novel was that Meg had a part time job at a Pizza Place. When I was in High School my family owned a pizza place so I really relate to characters t
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Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and was a finalist in the Best Young Adult catego ...more

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