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Disappear Home

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In 1970, as the hippie movement is losing its innocence, Shoshanna and her six-year-old sister, Mara, escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune, run by their tyrannical and abusive father, Adam. Their mother, Ella, takes them to San Francisco, where they meet one of her old friends, Judy, and the four of them decide to head off and try to make a life together. Find
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Published March 3rd 2015 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published March 1st 2015)
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Heather A
I recieved a copy from Netgalley.

Actual rating 2.5 stars

This one caught my eye whilst browsing on Netgalley, not my usual thing but figured I'd give it a try. A relatively quick read, I finished it in a few settings, a somewhat bittersweet story about two young girls and their mother who escape from a hippy commune in the 1970s and try to start a new life in California.

While it had its moments, some of it was quite moving and tear jerkery, particularly towards the end, I still felt like...somet
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
I received a copy of Disappear Home in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Albert Whitman and Company and Netgalley. A copy of this review is also on my blog:

Disappear Home tells the story of Shoshanna and her mother and sister. It’s 1970 and they have just escaped the Sweet Earth Farm where they have lived with their violent father and a bunch of other hippies for the past few years. They flee to San Francisco and meet up with a friend of theirs, Judy, and the f
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

While Disappear Home was a quick read, it was not because it was riveting and captivating. Unfortunately, this book was quite stale and disappointing. I liked the idea behind it well enough but the execution was just not there. Nothing really happened. Everything was just skimming the surface and the conclusion was far too rushed and tied nicely with a bow.

I was not at all invested in the ch
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
In 1972 Shoshona, her little sister, and mentally ill mother steal a car and escape from her abusive father and the commune where they've lived for the past five years. Her mother falls deeper into paranoia and depression, and may be more ill than Shoshona realizes.

I received a complimentary ARC ebook from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review of DISAPPEAR HOME.

I was excited to read this novel, while I was a little too young to be a hippy, I remember those years fondly. I hoped this would
Peter Riva
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptional book. Based on what are clearly memories and recounted family tales, the pathos of the characters, the strength of the mother, the place and time of the hippie values and ethic - these all ring true and soundly echo the emotions those of us who were out and about back then experiences. A warm, engaging and heartfelt read.
Goodreads Synopsis: In 1970, as the hippie movement is losing its innocence, Shoshanna and her six-year-old sister, Mara, escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune, run by their tyrannical and abusive father, Adam. Their mother, Ella, takes them to San Francisco, where they meet one of her old friends, Judy, and the four of them decide to head off and try to make a life together. Finding a safe haven at the farm of kind, elderly Avery Elliot, the four of them find some measure of peace a ...more
Ms. Yingling
Shoshanna Ebersole has lived with her mother, Ella, and her sister, Mara, at the Sweet Earth Farm commune for years, but the three finally escape when Shoshanna's father, the drug addicted Adam, is overheard offering her to one of the other commune members as a "gift". Taking the commune's run down station wagon and $10 for gas, the three make it to San Francisco and find Judith still living in a house (pad) where the family once crashed. She's fed up with the drug addiction and unseemly types t ...more
This book had a really good premise, but it was HORRIBLY written. I mean, horrible. And I've read a lot of books. I give it one star (well, 1.5 if I could) because I managed to stick it out to the end, but I really had to skim at the end because it was just so awful.

The plot advanced way too quickly, almost everything that happened in the book happened in very awkward dialogue, and there was just too much spoon-fed to me as a reader. For example (and I paraphrase): "oh hey, I'm going to park my
May 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did Not Finish. I tried to get into this one and I just couldn't. I think this story had potential but it was poorly executed and kind of fell flat.
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition




*dies of shock*

I received this novel from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Let's start with the good. When I read a historical novel, I want to feel like I’m a part of whatever bit of history I’m reading about. Sure, a novel set in the 18th century England might have a fantastic plot, but if I’m not feeling the setting, then it seems a bit of a waste to me.

And that’s where this book shines. The world building is fantastic, really bringing you back in time through the use of language, des
Vanessa Fry
The book centers on teenager Shoshanna Ebersole, a girl who escapes a hippie commune/cult with her sister and mother. The three are running from Shoshanna's father and cult leader, Adam. Shoshanna must find a way to keep her family safe while Adam is hunting them, and her mother's health is failing. Ultimately the plot kept me interested in the novel, but overall, the author's style left much to be desired. Hurwitz seemed to be trying too hard to make it believable that the book was set in the 7 ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't realized this was a YA book when requesting from the library, but I read it anyways and it was sweet.
K. M. Donnelly
I very much enjoyed reading this book and I had a good time while I was reading it, but at the end I felt a strong desire to sit down with the author and discuss ways that I thought it could be improved. While I liked it, I felt that the novel could have used one more draft before being published to really bring it to its full potential.

The tone of the story was a very nice and well-written mixture of sweet and sad, but the characters seemed to be trying to suggest that I be fearful or concerne
Amie's Book Reviews
DISAPPEAR HOME by Laura Hurwitz

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Publication Date: March 1, 2015

* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book can be considered historical fiction since the events take place 43 years in the past.

This book is set in 1972 (coincidentally that was the year I was born). The hippie movement is basically over, but there are still many hold-out hippies living on communes or clinging to their old neighborhoods even as they decl
Rae Quigley
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on Drunk On Pop

PLEASE NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions held within this review are my own thoughts and feelings and do not reflect upon anyone else.

Trigger Warning: Book includes child/domestic abuse and drug use

This was way different than the books I usually choose to read. I’m not typically interested in books set in earlier decades, but I was really intrigued by the description. I set myself up to be di
Isobel Radakovic
I've wanted to read more Historical Fiction for a while now, as there are some great titles out there, and I also wanted to experience some unheard of ones too, which is why I decided to check this one out. The setting really interested me, with the whole hippie element and just the time when it was set. This in particular interested me as it deals with the aftermath of the hippie movement, as opposed to when it was in its prime.

The contrast between the people who still believed in the whole pea
Victoria (thepetitebookblogger)
Shoshanna Ebersole, the daughter of two hippies, has never had a normal life, after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her father, the commune leader, Shoshanna’s mother Ella along with her sister Mara decides to run away from their abusive life to rebuild their lives somewhere else. I really enjoyed this story, more than I had expected actually. It’s a great story with characters that you really want to like, although unfortunately I was never immersed into the story or with the characters. If ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

First off I want to say that I love the cover! I think it is very pretty and it definitely jumped out me!!

In 1970, as the hippie movement is losing its innocence, Shoshanna and her six-year-old sister, Mara, escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune, run by their tyrannical and abusive father, Adam. Their mother, Ella, takes them to San Francisco, where they meet one of her old friends, Judy, and the four of them de
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't digging it. Ella's voice sometimes fell flat a lot and while that kinda makes sense with the depression, I still couldn't get a read on her. The writing wasn't fantastic but it wasn't terrible, either. It definitely showed potential. Mara was easy to write, I'm sure, since she's a kid. But Ella didn't always stand out from Soshie except for when she was saying, man. Or far out. Or other quintessential hippie things.

I'm not going to lie. I requested this book solely because of the cover.
Rachel of the Summer Court
This book had a lot of potential to be a coming of age tale, but it fell flat and was just a bland story. The book starts with the mother & two daughters escaping a decrepit commune. There is little to define what they were doing there; was it a cult? It sounds like they were just a bunch of lowlifes, but not much to go on. They sold apples to buy drugs? They really hated refined sugar and chocolate?
Judy, the savior of the novel was a huge deux ex machina. A young talented woman sitting in a
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I wanted to like Disappear Home, but found that I couldn't. I honestly didn't get why they were terrified of Adam, and how horrible Sweet Earth Farm was, and I feel like if we had spent some time there with Mara, Shoshanna and their mom, them leaving would have more more sense and given everything more context. It was very moving at the end, but I felt like it was too late at that point. We definitely are told what's going on, and I wish we saw what was happening.

I understand why the mom acted
Penny Olson
I enjoyed reading Disappear Home. It was a very fast and easy read for me. The main character Shoshanna and her little sister Mara, escape with their mother, Ella, from the dysfunctional hippie druggie commune where they live with their abusive father Adam. He is basically a nasty piece of work. Ella is not a particularly likeable character but she has the strength to get her daughters out of a bad situation, despite what turns out to be serious mental and physical health issues. What saves them ...more
Jennifer Nieves
I received a copy of this book throught NetGalley

3 STARS ***

I don't want to say it was a light read, because the story itself is not a light read, but it is the type of book that you can read pretty fast and not become emotionally invested. That is not to say the book isn't emotional or moving, but for me, I didn't quite connect to it as the author might have intended.

This book is told in the POV of the first character, Shoshanna, and it follows her and her younger sister, Mara and their mother
Carlisa Cramer
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think that there are people who will like this book, but I just couldn't get through it. I usually like historical fiction but it just seemed forced and stereotypical a lot of the time. One of the main characters, Shoshanna, a 15-year-old girl, was so annoying to me. I think she was supposed to be smart, sympathetic, and kind of the guide to those around her. But she's 15 and she's grown up in a dysfunctional home. She isn't
*I was fortunate to receive an eARC of this book from NetGalley and Albert Whitman & Company, thank you*

I can't help but feel a bit disappointed with this novel, however much effort I put into trying to love it. I was gripped, at first, by the story of escape from abuse and the idea of the three main characters finding a new life together. I was happy when the character of Judy was introduced, but that was probably the last happy moment for me in the reading of this novel. There was so much
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not easy to pull off a historical novel for tweens and teens that is edge-of-your-seat exciting, but Hurwitz has done just that. She also treats some mature themes, such as domestic violence, in a way that will be comprehensible to that age group while also staying real. Two weeks after finishing this book, I am still thinking about its characters and wondering what they are up to. I can't recommend this book highly enough--whether you are an adult, a teen or a tween.


Today I am adding a
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
I was really intrigued by the premise of this story, about two girls and their mother trying to escape a hippie commune and leave their abusive father behind.

I had some problems with the writing in this story, the dialogue at times felt very unrealistic. Also there was a lot of telling and not much showing. We were expected to understand everything Shoshanna and Mara had been through without ever having actually been shown anything.

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Maxine D
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel by Laura Hurwitz captivated me. It was the emotional, spiritual, and physical journey of a girl, along with her her mom, and her sister. They run away from their horrible abusive town, to make a new life in California. The authors writing helps the reader understand the main character’s life that she lives under a shadow of fear cast by her abusive, druggie, devil of a dad. The unpredictable plot kept me from putting the book down. I read the whole book in one sitting! The characters ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really disappointed in this book. The premise sounded great, but the delivery was...meh. I enjoyed most of the book, but what really ruined it for me was the end! Everything was so rushed. There was no time to process anything that was happening. If this author is going to continue writing, she needs to not half-heartedly write endings. It felt like she'd given up on the idea altogether and threw something together at the last minute. A bunch of bombs were dropped and then it was over. Overa ...more
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