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Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she's finally found it in a town where nobody knows them.

But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishe
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ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by Feiwel Friends
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Giselle
Feb 28, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc
I decided to DNF this one, sadly. I feel like I dont care at all about these characters and what’s happening. I’m just not feeling any emotions. It’s like I’m being told how to feel about the mystery and about the characters instead of pulling me in. In one part the MC is reminding herself she can’t trust anyone, not even anything she’s seeing, like its supposed to make it so mysterious but it feels like the author is trying to force me to feel it. As if that reminder was meant for me - to make ...more
rachel
Jul 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I need this book in my possession. A Wrinkle in Time meets Arrival? I'm here for that.
Regina Hansen
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a short but heartbreaking scene in "Before I Disappear" that tells you all you need to know about Danielle Stinson's writing skill. It takes place in drugstore and has to do with a tube of red lipstick. When you get to that scene, and you start crying, remember this review. And the thing is, Stinson's wonderfully inventive science fiction novel has very little to do with lipstick or drugstores, and everything to do with time and space and the hidden places between them. It also has to d ...more
London Shah
Apr 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
LOVE the premise of this book, can't wait to read!
Marie
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
I'm a little conflicted about this book ughhh. I really enjoyed the characters, their relationships to each other and the siblings vibes in this, the connection and the MC's need to find her brother just, yes, I LOVE this. This book also surprised me with some of the twists and discoveries about the characters. Yet, I felt.... very confused at times, too, by the inner workings of it all to fully immerse myself into it.
Tentative rating: 3,5 stars.
Full review coming soon :)

Thank you to MacMilla
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Tiffany Neal
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for providing this digital ARC.

Wow.

This YA sci-fi is an absolute piece of art. There are truly no words to capture just how gorgeous this novel is—the writing, the storyline, the characters—all of it touched me to my core.

World-building & storyline
The very first lines in this book pull you in to a mysterious work where you know things are off kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. When conversations about string theory, wrinkles in time and space continuum, an
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Ashlee Cowles
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then you come across a story you know you’ll never forget. A timeless story that's categorized as “Young Adult,” but is worth reading at any age or stage of life. For me, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is one of those stories. This novel is a fast-paced, entertaining read that’s hard to put down, but it’s also so much more than that. I loved the eerie atmosphere that transported me to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest. I loved the intrigue surrounding an entire town disappearing withou ...more
Mariama Lockington
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Mom told me once that every person was a strange land with their own strange weather." BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is an epic SciFi adventure full of strange weather and land. It follows Rose, a teen girl who is more of a caretaker than a child, and who fights daily to mobilize her mother and brother out of poverty and violent circumstances. When the town Rose and her family live in mysteriously disappears into thin air with all of the residents (including her brother Charlie), everything changes for Ro ...more
Olivia Hinebaugh
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Except maybe that I'm head over heels for this book. It has everything I love: feels, rich worldbuilding, page turning suspense, and feels. (THE FEELS! OMG!) The writing alone gave me goosebumps dozens of times. The science is woven seamlessly into the story. And this cast of characters is brilliantly rendered. I can feel my heart tugging me back to read this one again.
Danielle Stinson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm probably pretty biased, so I'm just going to go ahead and say that I loved writing this book. I've carried Rosie and Charlie in my heart for so long, and I'm excited and awed that they are almost out there in the world.

To anyone who is reading this, thank you so much!
Maureen Joseph
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I Disappear should be required reading for every high school student. In our increasingly “Me First” society, we need inspirational heroines like Rose, the book’s main character. Rose and her perfectly imperfect gang embody the loyalty, courage and nobility that potentially resides in each of us. A great read and impressive debut novel.
Joe K
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Action adventure meets fine literature. A unique reading experience. Impossible to put down. Enthusiastically recommend !
ANNE
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, Before I Disappear draws the reader into a world of mystery and darkness. Rose Montgomery carries the weight of the world on her young shoulders as she tries to make a better life for her family and leave their troubled past behind. They barely settle in to to Fort Glory, Oregon, when Rose finds herself alone, separated from her family by a terrible dark force that has evaporated the town and everyone in it. While there is peril at every turn, Rose and her companions ma ...more
Loretta Cremin
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read. A story about love, hope and redemption. It will leave you breathless.
David Cremin
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal read, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Stinson will have you on the edge of your emotional seat with this one!!
Michael
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many years ago, I read the book Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by the author Michio Kaku. I am not awesome at physics (a reality I've discussed in my review of the book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, but Kaku's book was written with enough simplicity that a general reader like myself could understand the incredibly complex ideas he was proposing. The idea of alternate dimensions, mirror ...more
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

You know how sometimes you start reading a book, and within just a few pages, you’re already saying, “I LOVE this!”? That was Before I Disappear for me. Right away, I could tell there was going to be something special in these pages—I was immediately wrapped up in the intrigue: What’s so odd about Charlie? What’s this music he’s hearing? Why have they had to move so much? What are they running from? What dangers are lu
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Tiffany Neal
Thank you NetGalley for providing this digital ARC.

Wow.

This YA sci-fi is an absolute piece of art. There are truly no words to capture just how gorgeous this novel is—the writing, the storyline, the characters—all of it touched me to my core.

World-building & storyline
The very first lines in this book pull you in to a mysterious work where you know things are off kilter, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. When conversations about string theory, wrinkles in time and space continuum, an
...more
Stephanie Ward
'Before I Disappear' is probably one of the best books that I've read so far this year, and I definitely don't take that lightly. I was initially intrigued by the mystery surrounding the town going missing and the rest of the description, but almost immediately after I started reading I fell in love with every aspect of this story. And my love for it only grew from there. Every single thing about this book was amazing and I still can't believe it's the author's debut.

Since this is a mysterious
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Sabrina Kaye Fox
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Before I Disappear is marketed as Arrival meets A Wrinkle in Time. I've never Arrival nor have I ever read A Wrinkle in Time, so I went into this novel pretty blind.

Rose Montgomery has had a hard life. After their latest setback, her, her brother Charlie, and her mother find themselves in Fort Glory, Oregon.
Rose's goal is to make a better life for her younger brother and her mother. Before she knows it, everything is flip-turned upside down and Fort Glory seems to be gone. Poof, into thin air. T
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Paige Green
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book on NetGalley and from the publisher. I was also given a copy from Fantastic Flying Book Club. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (disappearing people and spooky happenings)

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Pages: 320

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Synopsis: Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother,
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Alison
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know what to expect with Before I Disappear, but I devoured this book. I loved the story, the world, the quick pace, the profound notes, the science, but most of all I loved these characters. I rooted for them, I cried for them, I wanted things for them so badly. This book will stay with me for a while.

The main character, Rose, is a fantastic female heroine. She is smart, tough, independent, but feels no need to show any of that off. She has a huge heart and most of the story is driven
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Genevieve
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. Marketed as a YA science-fiction, this book is so much more. Rose Montgomery moves her family to Fort Glory, hoping they can stop running and settle down. She’s spent her whole life watching out for her brother, Charlie, who is truly unique. Shortly after moving, the whole town disappears while Rose is out of the town limits and the story mainly revolves around her attempts to get back to save her brother, along with the intertwined story l ...more
Emily Vedder
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Danielle's writing style is beautiful and some of the lines from this book are going to stick with me for a long, long time.

That being said, I feel like BEFORE I DISAPPEAR dragged a little bit. I feel like the book could have been a bit shorter, and that would have worked a bit better for me. I also would have appreciated a little bit more explanation on a couple of things and more closure at the end.

All in all, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR was 4 stars for me. I really really enjoyed it
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Lillian Clark
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to start?? What a fascinating read! This book is so original, imaginative, compelling, heart-breaking and -warming; I absolutely loved it. If you like realistic, science-driven books that twist your expectations on their head, BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is for you. I loved the trek this book took me on, adored its heart and rooted for its characters. Fabulous <3.
Kim Kropf
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fluid and poetic novel. I really enjoyed the science fiction behind it. wouldn't mind reading a sequel!
Alexandra
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Cherie W
Jun 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I am so lucky to be a winner of a giveaway for this book! I am looking forward to reading it. Review to come as soon as the book does!
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Stories were a central part of Danielle Stinson's childhood. Growing up in a military family meant frequent moves across the US and abroad. She spent many summers in her room surrounded by unpacked boxes and stacks of library books. She currently lives with her husband and four boys in Virginia, where she writes fiction for young adults. Before I Disappear is her debut novel.