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Dismantling Evan (Evan series #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Life is unstable...
…What will be the trigger to dismantle it?

When high school senior Evangeline "Evan" Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over.
It should be.
Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspa
Published January 13th 2015 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing (first published January 11th 2015)
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Barbara Gartman
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! First of all I want to thank Venessa Kimball for Asking me to be one of her beta readers for Dismantling Evan. When she asked me I knew that there was no way I could say no especially after reading her Piercing the Fold series.
Dismantling Evan was so much more than what I was prepared for. I knew going in what the story would be about and that Venessa had done copious amounts of research for the book so I thought I knew what I was getting into. I was wrong. The amount of time, res
Penelope Bartotto
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dismantling Evan transcends the typical Young Adult genre, diving deep into the emotional realm of mental illness. The leading character is a young woman on the cusp of understanding that there is more to her moodiness than just hormones. Evangeline Phillips suffers a breakdown, one that appears typical for a teen under pressure, but there is more to her break than she knows.
Gavin Ferguson was born into life with issues that would forever dictate how his life, and those of his family will be liv
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta-read
I was really excited when I first heard about this book! It sounded amazing, and I love this author's Piercing the Fold series, so I couldn't wait to read this book and see if I enjoyed it just as much as that series! I was then asked by the author if I would like to beta read this book, which I said yes to without even thinking about it! This book really surprised me! It was kinda different to what I was expecting it to be, but I enjoyed the way it went and what happened in it! It dealt with a ...more
kelly {BookCrushin}
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Dismantling Evan is an intense book. It was emotional and could be a little bit a of a trigger with the bullying and mental illness issues the book delves into. But Dismantling Evan is a very important book! It is real, raw and it really made you feel for the characters.

The book started slow for me as I just couldn't relate to the teens and their emotional recklessness, but it beat me down and then I just ha
Dismantling Evan was the kind of read that literally had me by the heart, ripping my insides out and making me sit up, take stock and hugging my children tight.

Venessa Kimball does a superb job in tackling a "taboo" subject that is often ignored, or worse still, avoided.

Mental illness, today, still remains to be the one illness that, we, as humans cannot handle. But it affects us all, in some form.

Kimball creates a dynamic character in Evan, the young protagonist of the novel. From the get-go
Adrienne Cobbs
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mental illness among teens is an important topic and this book handled it perfectly. The author expertly tells the story of a teen girl, Evan, who goes through the ups and downs of her mental illness. Along the way, her story intertwines with the story of a neighbor, Gavin, who also has a mental illness. Evan connects with him in a way most people can't. Through her friendships with Gavin and her other friends, she learns about the problems of living in a small town with a social caste system th ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story was very heartfelt. Defiantly stirred pasted feelings within me. I loved the idea that Evan found someone that was worse off than her. Gavin's mental problems made hers seem so petty. But yet she totally connected with him. Brody understood Evan before she understood herself. She was shocked he knew. Evan was left in the dark of her own family secrets. Gavin was my favorite character of this story. He was so misunderstood. Stuck inside his own head, he was trying to fit in and make fr ...more
Bryan Rainey
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book as always from Venessa Kimball. There are unexpected twists and turns in this story about a small neighborhood in Central Texas.

The story centers around Evangeline 'Evan' Phillips and how everyone reacts to a secret, her mental illness of being bipolar, she has yet to reveal. She meets people who have been around someone who has medical disorders similar to her own plus more.

This story shows that you never know people until you truly show them all your vulnerabilities. Also, it sh
Novel Grounds
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This novel was fantastic. I can honestly say it was Venessa's best work yet. If you were a fan of her first series, you definitely want to jump into this one. It has the same fantastic character development as them, as well as a fantastic story line.

This novel tackled some areas in the medical world that aren't always done justice by authors. I felt that Venessa really did them their due justice.  Sometimes the topics covered in this novel, bi-polar, depression, and oth
Marlene Moss
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Dismantling Evan is a raw look at the realities of teenage life, cruel behavior toward anyone perceived as different or merely an easy target, as well as the tendencies of society to hide real difficulties or throw medication at a problem without truly understanding it.

Evan’s (Evangeline) family moved her from a difficult situation in San Francisco, where she’d broken down when peer pressure became too much. As well as having her see a psychiatrist and take anti-depressants, her parents thought
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a LONG book. But it is an important story, that needs to be told, and it's worth reading every page. Venessa Kimball has successfully, in my opinion, brought many difficult subjects that teens struggle with today into this story, and dealt with them in a tasteful, poignant way. Don't get me wrong, it's very raw, and emotional, but it's honest. As a secondary teacher, I can attest to many of these things happening to students in the schools I've taught at.

Also, I think mental illness is
S. Policar
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I received this ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

Because this is an Advanced Reader Copy, I cannot speak of any errors I may have or may not have found

At first I wasn't too sure I would like this book. to be honest, I was more than a little anxious about reading it. Venessa had explained to me the run down of the book and asked if I'd like to read it since she knows about my Bipolar II. I naturally said yes. I like Venessa's books, and I knew the story would be a good on
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Rebecca by: no one, received it as a gift
Wow. I won this book though a writing competition, and I expected a book about the steryotypical teenage drama. However, this book clearly exceeded this expectation by creating a constantly cliffhanging, nail-bitting, and constant changing of the issue going on.

Evan, also known as Evangaline, is a girl with mental instablity, primarily with a disorder she doesn't agree with. She has gone through intense bullying, and several other issues. Her parents move for reasons I won't spoil here, taking
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing

It took me about a day and a half to read this book, I could not put it down and when I had to, all I could think of was when I would be able to get back to it.

When I finished the book, I found myself a couple of times thinking about the characters wondering out they were and then realizing, oh yeah, they don’t really exist. It was that good!

The story deals a lot with bullying and mental illness. At first I wasn’t sure what I would think since this is completely out of my normal
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author for letting me beta read! :)

I refuse to be the queen of spoilers, especially in such an explosive book with many trigger friendly, ouchie soft spots (mental illness, bullying, and many others). The author did a fabulous job of having any accurate, flawed, and moody main female character in Evangeline "Evan". Evan drove me a bit batty with her back and forth. But that's explained well by the author and she has her reasons. Brody, her love interest, is an interesting persona s
Hayley Guertin
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that I noticed about this book is that it's really well written. I really enjoyed reading just for the fact that it was written so you don't have to think about it. I also really loved that the prologue immediately drew me in. It caught my attention right off the bat and made me want to read the story right away, which is a key opponent in a book.

Dismantling Evan focuses on mainly the main character, Evan, and what they think is bipolar disorder. I believe that the way she reacts
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received an advanced copy, in exchange for an honest review.

What an absolutely amazing book! I have read the "Piercing the Fold" series by Ms. Kimball and enjoyed that series. (If you haven't read it, you need to!)

This book touches on mental illness, growing up, high school cliques and bullying. All of these can be very difficult subjects to discuss, but Ms. Kimball has done an amazing job of bringing to life characters I could easily see at my local high school, and caused me to have strong f
Rhonda Campbell
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this!

This book should be read not just by adults but teens too! Would be a great book for schools to read in class as a mandatory read. I will be recommending it as such!
This is a very accurate account of what it's like to be a teen in today's society. While in Evan's point of view, Venessa did an outstanding job of making you feel the pain, frustration, anger, and so many more feeling of the rest of the characters!
Touching on several different types of mental illness, I w
Jennifer Treviño
This story was so UGHHH Sooooo much emotion & definitely a controversial topic!!! I am still struggling to put it into words that don't sound like gibberish! I was literally sucked right in. It was sad & made me feel like I needed to protect them or speak up for them, it was beautiful & refused to let me stop the journey, I found myself begging for them to find help, & just when I thought it was going to pull me down & make me sadder it shocked me over & over again. I felt the characters calling ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Venessa Kimball and it was just phenomenal. By the title of the book I thought Evan was supposed to be a dude, but Evangeline is so not. I really liked the writing style Venessa brought to us through this story, I thought it was very unique. If I was to pic a favorite character it would have to be Gavin maybe Im biased but my favorite all time poet is Shakespeare so reading about him reciting Hamlet kinda put a soft spot for him. Reading Dismantling Evan kin ...more
Aine Massie
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve debated how to review Dismantling Evan as it’s a wonderful, poignant story of coming of age in today’s society and dealing with some tough topics. I normally include a basic overview of the story, but I think that would be a disservice in this case. Trust me, you don’t want spoilers, you want to read (devour) this story.

Having said all that, lol, Dismantling Evan isn't your typical YA story. Its depths are stunning, as is the writing. The topics of bullying and mental illness, while common,
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! I received a copy of Dismantling Evan in exchange for an honest review. I have to say Venessa Kimball did an amazing job with this story. To touch to teens with mental illnesses. Evan short for Evangeline had a mental illness and her parents moved from CA back to Braxton Springs were Evan's mom is from. Well Evan finally made some friends which she never had before so right there Venessa touches on a teen being alone to coming along and finding a f ...more
Shawna The Crazy Bookseller
I'm a bit behind on writing my review of Dismantling Evan and part of it is that I'm still at a loss of how to put my feelings for this book into words. I struggled with my own mental issues as a teen, and even still as an adult, and that made this book really hit home with me. While reading I started some things brought up past memories of my teenage years and I had to put the book down at times just to compose myself or have a good cry. Yes I'm not afraid to admit this book brought tears to my ...more
Tiffany Riach
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It is not a genre I would usually read but I am glad the author sent me a copy to review before the book was released.

This is one of those books that has left me in awe. I have a hard time even writing a review. This book has amazing characters and I truly mean amazing. It is an amazing story that will pull you into the lives of the characters and you will not be able to put it down. It is an emotional rollercoaster with some twists you don't expect.

Dismantling Evan is a
Jacklynn Sizemore
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a book that every teen and adult needs to read it's about being bullied in high school and what happens to the victims. Now the main character is Evan and how her parents move her across the states after she has a melt down at school. In this book it's not just about Evan being bullied but also about her new friends being bullied to. This is an inspiring and amazing book so a must read if you were ever been bullied or are being bullied or know someone being bullied then read this book
Ann Snizek
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I did have a little bit of difficulty getting into the book, but the struggle paid off as the momentum picked up and the development of the characters showed through.

Evan's struggle with her emotions, though not always in terms I understood, came across clearly in her actions and reactions.

No SPOILERS here! ;)

I enjoyed it! Thank you Venessa!!!
Rose Garcia
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a read. Deep, thought provoking, emotional, and yet full of hope, Dismantling Evan tells the story of a group of teens struggling with mental illness and bullying. They are all affected in one way or another, either personally or due to their associations. I could actually feel their pain and hurt, thanks to Ms. Kimball's skilled writing. Highly recommend.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I was gifted a copy from the author for an honest review.

I liked this book, it was a great read and I found myself being able to relate to the main character, Evan. Also it's great that this book raises awareness of several mental illnesses and conditions.
cassie osborn
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.

I absolutely loved this book, I'm not one to re-read things but this one is definitely a keeper. Recommend to everyone.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially young teens, and even more especially anyone going through mental health issues
This book. Wow. Just wow. I didn’t want to stop reading; in fact, I read it in less than a day. I read during my allotted morning writing time before work, I read during my lunch hour at work, I read after work, I read in bed… I even made the husband make dinner so I could read! It was absolutely fantastic.

The topic of bullying has come up more in current literature, especially YA literature, and it’s something I am very grateful for. This book takes it one step further, however, and addresses m
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Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on her writing journey with her Young Adult urban fantasy/science fiction series, The Copula Chronicles. Venessa has also written a compelling Young Adult contemporary series, the Evan series.
Venessa also writes New Adult and Adult contemporary romance and suspense under the pen name V. Angelika.

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