“Meg is in the witness protection program, not that she knows why. But after her sixth move and new identity Meg Jones has some rules for this life. Don't make friends, and especially no boyfriends. It's just to hard when you have to leave. But Ethan seems determined to befriend Meg and her little...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Meg is in the witness protection program, not that she knows why. But after her sixth move and new identity Meg Jones has some rules for this life. Don't make friends, and especially no boyfriends. It's just to hard when you have to leave. But Ethan seems determined to befriend Meg and her little sister Mary. Soon Meg starts to fall for Ethan, and Ethan's seeing past her facade. Can Meg and Mary trust him to keep their secret? ”Madddie M wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Don't exactly know why I love this book, but I do. Girl & family in witness protection program move around, trying to stay alive. Then she meets the perfect guy, and she doesn't want to run away again. Good plot & characters. Liked the premise.”BE Kelley wrote this review Saturday, June 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 stars review to come. ”Carissa wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good YA "thriller." A pretty compulsive read, with likable characters and a cute love story, too.”Aunt Vee Gee wrote this review Sunday, June 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First of all, this book was not was I was expecting at all. I was expecting more of a contemporary feel, with maybe a little romance and self discovery. I got all those things, plus more! This had a good mystery at the center of it, and I can't resist a good mystery!
"Sissy" and her family have been in hiding with the Witness Protection Program for over a year. Its Sissy (real name Anna) and her little sister "Teeny", her strong and capable dad, and her recent alcoholic mother. They have moved around way more than is normal, and the book starts with them at small new town in Louisana. Her given identity in this town is "Meg" and her sister is "Mary."
Meg has no idea why they are in Witness Protection. Her parents won't tell her anything, so she assumes her dad got mixed up in something bad. She's tired of getting yanked from town to town just when she is making friends, so she's decided this time she is not making any friends, and she is going to find out the truth about her dad.
Things don't go well from the start--Meg meets Ethan, who sees right through her. Even though she vows she's not going to fall for him, he pretty much calls her bluff. I loved Ethan, and he was definitely the bright spots in the story for me. The dynamic between him and Meg was perfect.
The mystery element of it had me turning the pages (or "flipping" the pages on my Nook) without stopping. The suspense is really well done, with the author giving us just enough to have us worried, but not enough to know what's really going on. Loved that!
I loved reading this story, but after I finished, and started to really think on it, I realized how unrealistic a lot of things were in the book. I left my rating at 4 stars, though, because I really enjoyed the read!”
“Very good.”Scarlet (aka Taylor)- I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG TO COME OUT!!!! wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review coming soon to: www.booksinthespotlight.blogspot.com”Cullengirl l wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As soon as I found out The Rules for Disappearing is about a Witness Protection program, I wanted to read it. I can not recall if I ever read a book that covers that subject and I thought that it was an opportunity for some great character development. When I started reading The Rules for Disappearing, very soon it was clear to me that I was right.
The story is narrated by 17-year-old Meg who talks to us about problems and experiences that her family encounters while being 'protected witnesses'. The strain and tension of constant moves, names changes, crappy living condition and tension of expecting an unknown trial date has taken it's toll on everyone. Her father, mother and young sister are all just shadows of their lovable perky past personalities. So what to do when you are moved to yet another strange town? The best is to keep everyone away and do not get involved. Meg learned that the hard way. But keeping people away is not so easy as it looks. I loved Meg's inner struggle, her monologues and thoughts, she sounded like real teenage girl.
Additional charm to the story is added with cute rules for disappearing that are written at the beginning of each chapter. They contain some lessons Meg had to learn the hard way and sometimes hints what is going to happen. If I am ever enlisted into the Witness Protection, those are going to come in handy.
RULES FOR DISAPPEARING BY WITNESS PROTECTION PRISONER #18A7R04M:
Only use public transportation. It's the one true way to look completely uninteresting. That is, unless, you have a hideous wood-paneled station wagon. That'll work, too.
Compared to strong family and personal drama both mystery and romance in The Rules for Disappearing seem secondary and somehow lacking. The final twist and bad guy are too predictable. The love story happens too fast and jumps from instant attraction into dreaded territory of insta-love. In fact, the whole second part of this book when romance starts to really grow and develop and mystery to unravel seems a little bit too easy and unbelievable. More like a Hollywood movie than a realistic life story. Because, where else will you see a teenage girl without any weapons and combat training go on a quest against bad guys? Only in movies. And even there it's usually some tough guy like Jason Statham or Liam Neeson.
Despite these flaws, I think that The Rules for Disappearing is going to find a wide range of fans in both lovers of realistic contemporary young adult fiction or fans of fluffy romantic suspense novels, if they do not set their expectations too high.
Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.”
“ Loved this premise, and The Rules for Disappearing definitely delivered. It packed a lot of emotion that I wouldn't have necessarily expected. I connected with Meg, she was smart, and loyal to her family in a big way. I also loved her snark. She is by no means perfect because she has low self esteem at times (another reason I connected for her and cheered for her.)
The moving around from being in the witness protection program has taken a huge stress on her family, and Meg had to step up in ways that no teenager ever should. Taking responsibility for her little sister like she did told me so much about her character. I loved them both and hurt for everything they saw with their mom, the fear that they lived in, and I melted a bit at how deep their love for each other is.
The way that the first couple pages set it up is that there would be a love triangle, and honestly, I hope that it wouldn't turn out that way. And luckily it ended up being a one man show, and I was so thankful for that.
I really liked Ethan, but was frustrated for Meg's benefit at how perceptive and intuitive he was. He is quirky, witty, and has such a kind heart. I loved the romance, that they bantered, flirted, and that although they were attracted to one another, things built more slowly.
The mystery was great. It kept me on my toes, and the things that I thought would happen had a twist to it and then went in a new direction.
Oh, and the chapter headings are cute and funny.
The story itself wraps up pretty well, but the epilogue definitely leaves room for many more questions and has me eager for the next book.
Bottom Line: Beautifully executed premise with an emotional punch. ”
“4.5 out of 5 rating
This book really had me hanging on. For some reason, the idea of being in the Witness Protection Program really intrigued me. And I've never read another book about it. I can't imagine having to up and move your life around so quickly and so often. I know if it were me, I would mess up and mention my old life in my new life.
I liked "Meg". She was strong and determined to find out why her family was in the program. Yet she was still vulnerable. And I liked Ethan. A good ole boy. I loved how protective he was of her so quickly (without being stalkerish) and his humor.
One part of the mystery I kind of knew from the beginning. But I didn't know how or why. And the ending. I was suspicious of him, but the note left me questioning things. Yes, I'm not about to give everything away!
I had to check and it looks like there's an untitled second book. Yay! I can't wait to see just what's going to happen!”