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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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Hardcover, 373 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
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ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

"Because sometimes you have to leave to survive."


Before I disappear is a YA sci-fi that tells us the story of Rose, a teenager with a tragic past that is suddenly thrown into a warped reality where her new town Fort Oregon, is swallowed by an alternative dimension. Rose must find her younger brother, Charlie, to save him. Charlie is the only one able to save the town from the mysterious entity called the b
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Rating: ★★★★✬ (4.5/5 Stars)
Title: Before I Disappear
Author(s): Danielle Stinson
Character(s):
Rose Montgomery: 17 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed
Charlie Montgomery: 10 years old, Black, Violet Eyed
Setting: Fort Glory, Oregon
Tag(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Content Rating: PG
POV: First Person (Heroine)
Smexy Level: Subtle
Favorite Quote(s):
― "Can you hear the music, Rosie?"
― "Ever since that night in July, I don't wear makeup, or rebel against authority, or drive above the speed limit. stayi
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Giselle
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
Regina Hansen
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle Stinson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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!
Anna Bright
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya, paranormal
if you've got a soft spot for stranger things-- this book is for you. it's not got that 80s vibe but it's got all the small-town sci-fi your heart could desire.
rachelwrites007
Jul 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
I need this book in my possession. A Wrinkle in Time meets Arrival? I'm here for that.
cafeyre
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rose together with her mother and brother Charlie moves from the city to the city. They are running and trying to find a safe place to live. Their next stop is Fort Glory. Rose wants this city to be their final destination. She works at Rusty where she meets people from the city and a lot of journalists who are trying to gain more information about DARC scientific organization. Rose is trying to fit in and ask her family to do the same. Her brother is very different from other kids. He is absent ...more
Jessica | Booked J
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2019
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Review was originally posted here to Booked J. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Everything happens for a reason. But what happens when a mysterious force engulfs and entire town and most of the people living within it? Before I Disappear sets its bleak and chilling atmosphere straightaway. It's so captivating, readers all p
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Tiffany Neal
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
London Shah
Apr 07, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
LOVE the premise of this book, can't wait to read!
Michael
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
Paige Green
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nicole Hewitt
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Marie
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
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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Maca
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“(...)he taught me that we are never alone. Never. Even in the darkest places, there is light. Always. Everywhere. We just have to look for it.“

It had mysterious, dark and paranormal vibes, which I love.
But at the end I was quite confused, because I didn’t understand what and why something happened.
Overall I liked this and it showed how people can get stronger and help others even when they themselves are lost in grief, sadness and misery.

3,25⭐
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Olivia Hinebaugh
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.
cafeyre
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose together with her mother and brother Charlie moves from the city to the city. They are running and trying to find a safe place to live. Their next stop is Fort Glory. Rose wants this city to be their final destination. She works at Rusty where she meets people from the city and a lot of journalists who are trying to gain more information about DARC scientific organization. Rose is trying to fit in and ask her family to do the same. Her brother is very different from other kids. He is absent ...more
Katy Upperman
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book is so many things — a sibling story, a tale of survival, a testament to friendship, a romance, and a deftly plotted sci-fi that left my mind spinning with wonder. Danielle’s prose is gorgeously lyrical, her descriptions are lush, and she conveys her characters’ emotions with raw clarity. BEFORE I DISAPPEAR broke my heart time and again, but left me feeling ultimately hopeful. I highly recommend this beautiful book!
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Something’s Missing
BFF Charm: Heck Yes!
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Delightful Debut
Bonus Factors: Physics, Survival, Found Family
Relationship Status: Don’t Disappear On Me

Read the full book report here.
Mary Thompson
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Engaging, character-driven sci-fi! The book does a great job of integrating the real world struggles of Rose and her brother, Charlie, with an exciting action-packed sci-fi mystery. Highly recommended!
Genevieve
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maureen Joseph
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Action adventure meets fine literature. A unique reading experience. Impossible to put down. Enthusiastically recommend !
ANNE
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read. A story about love, hope and redemption. It will leave you breathless.
Ashley
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See the full review (with gifs!) on my dumb blog here.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Montgomery, her mom Helen and her little brother Charlie have been living on the run for a long time. Rose and Charlie’s father disappeared when Charlie was still a baby and after that, things fell apart. Helen became depressed, and entered into a relationship with an abusive piece of shit referred to only as the Monster. Rose, Helen and Charlie fled the Monster, but he kept pursuing them farther and farther West. At
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David Cremin
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal read, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Stinson will have you on the edge of your emotional seat with this one!!
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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.