Before I Disappear

Before I Disappear

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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Title:Before I Disappear
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Before I Disappear Reviews

  • Ashlee Cowles

    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

    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 without a trace. I loved the way the author used Physics to deepen the plot and make you think. I loved the gorgeous, poetic writing. I loved the twists and turns that kept me up reading way too late into the night.

    But most of all, I loved the characters.

    Rose Montgomery is an uncommon YA heroine. She’s brave, independent, resourceful, and smart, but I liked how she wasn’t “in your face” in a stereotypical way. Rose has had a tough life that has caused her to grow up way too fast, but her strength and maturity are genuine and shown more through her actions than her words. And while there is a subtle but swoon-worthy romance woven into all the action, the real love story is between Rose and her little brother, Charlie. I can’t think of many other novels that portray a sibling relationship in such a compelling way--you truly feel how much Rose loves her brother and have no doubt that Charlie is a special soul worth risking everything for...which Rose does.

    The secondary characters are also fantastic (Rowena is my favorite!). Stinson has a talent for throwing a group of unlikely people into a challenging situation and allowing the natural conflict that comes from such a ragtag bunch to create tension that drives the story. The ending of this book will have you in tears AND on the edge of your seat (a difficult combination to pull off!), but it’s the characters, the beautiful prose, and the promise of hope that will remain with you long after you finish reading.

  • 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

    "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 Rose. She, alongside a misfit crew of teens, trapped in an in-between place called The Fold, must fight to bring back the town, and Charlie, before darkness takes them all to another dimension. This book is part Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle In Time", part Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet", as Rose must survive in a strange wood, where time, space, emotions, and weather are constantly changing. Rose is a serious, driven, strong female character, who chooses to see the good in the people around her, while at the same time coming to terms with deep trauma of her own. BEFORE I DISAPPEAR is a disorientating, dark, but hopeful journey. It's the kind of book that will keep you guessing and turning pages till the end.

  • 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

    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, and multiple dimensions cropped up, I was hooked. A Wrinkle in Time and When You Reach Me are two of my favorite middle grade books of this ilk, and Before I Disappear has just made it to the ranks of top YA of this kind.

    The debut author, Danielle Stinson, has a unique writing style that follows a “less is more approach” which I appreciate and enjoy. Every page, every paragraph, every sentence, every word adds to the plot, world-building, or character development. There is no writing to fill pages or to sound writerly. It all has a precise purpose, and what a purpose it is. I’m in awe of how her words created images of incredibly difficult concepts and ideas. The book could have been too dense with ideas, but the style of writing is what allowed it to be readable and so enjoyable.

    The character development was spot-on. Again, Stinson carefully created layered characters who unraveled bit by bit along with the plot. Mysteries about the character felt true and were revealed in a way that feels like slowly opening up a package with multiple presents within one another. I fell in love with Rose and her relationship with her brother. I grew just as fond with the secondary characters, and I cared deeply with what would happen to them.

    I tore through the last hundred pages and cried through the ending. What an incredible experience, reading this book. I have a feeling this book is going places. Thank you, Danielle for pouring your heart and soul and energy into this book. I can’t wait to see more books from you in the future.

  • Michael

    Many years ago, I read the book

    by the author

    . I am not awesome at physics (a reality I've discussed in my review of the book

    , 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

    Many years ago, I read the book

    by the author

    . I am not awesome at physics (a reality I've discussed in my review of the book

    , 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 universes, and parallel realities was--like so many other things--science fiction...until it wasn't.

    In literary criticism, the Big Idea proposed by science fiction authors is called a

    : a time machine! An intelligent computer! A warp drive! An android! Far too often, the fiction part of science fiction focuses on cardboard characters interacting with the consequences of whatever the

    might be, and while the Big Idea can often times be fun...the best stories are about people, not things. For example, the popular series

    on Netflix has make dimensional portals popular, but this book--like the Netflix series--is much more about the people who are impacted by this terrifying phenomena than the phenomena itself.

    is about people--flawed, struggling, loving people--interacting with a terrifying event that sets reality itself askew. I was reminded of both

    and

    in some of the book's plot devices, but Stinson's story is very much her own. This is no simple tale of good versus evil, or of scrappy young people becoming unlikely friends in the face of some terrible mystery. The characters in this story are both heroic and deeply wounded, which only makes them more compelling to read about. I found myself completely caught up in not only the story, but in the personal arc of each and every one of them. The best compliment I can give a book is this one: I wanted to know what would happen next so much that I didn't want to put the book down.

    Some of Stinson's writing jumps off of the page. "We have to meet the darkness where it lives and fight to get them back" (pg. 213). "To love is to open yourself up to pain. The deepest pain there is. But it is worth the feeling." (pg. 320). And, "Because there are a million things that separate us, but none of them will ever be as strong as the ties that bind us together." (pg. 334). These truths transcend what I normally read in YA fiction. These observations are beyond most science fiction that I read as well.. There is a wisdom here; a depth of observation of life, the universe, and everything else that I found quite captivating.

    So, yeah...read

    . You won't be disappointed! I will definitely read more of this author's work.

  • Regina Hansen

    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

    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 do with love, romantic love --yes -- but also family love and the love of humanity. After a terrifyingly rendered freak accident (having to do with secret physics experiments) Rose, the novel's tough, practical and loving female protagonist must save her brother -- and her whole town -- from being lost forever. In the process, she and her few companions must their own fears, secrets, and devastating personal realities. The science fiction/physics scenes are told in a confident fashion, with a touch of magic, but what truly capture the reader are interpersonal elements -- especially between Rose and her brother Charlie. This debut novel evokes Madeleine L'Engle and Ursula LeGuin with elements of Twin Peaks and Stranger Things, but is also something complete original, with a heroine readers will love. And don't forget that scene in the drugstore.

  • Paige Green

    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,

    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

    Amazon Link

    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, 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 vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.

    Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill.

    To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he'll be gone forever

    Review: I thought the writing was amazing in this book, you can tell the author is well mastered in this book. The characters are well developed, the story is amazingly vibrant, and the whole book just feels you with this eerie feeling. It’s a good book for thrill seekers.

    However, I did think that the book was very hard to get into and the pacing is really slow. The book can be confusing at times too and it demands absolute attention.

    Verdict: If you can devote yourself to this book it’s amazing!

  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

    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

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

    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 black nothing. While trapped in the forest aka the Fold, Rose meets the outcast of the town, Ian. Along the way other people appear. Together they must seek Charlie and avoid the danger that lurks at every corner ruled by the supernatural while time is running out.

    I really liked the bond between Rose and her brother. It was touching and it felt real.

    I think Rose was an amazing protagonist and she had great leadership skills. I loved how raw and determined she was. I was surprised with her past.

    The concept of alternative dimensions was a bit scary but it was well done. I loved the eerie feel the descriptions of the sceneries added.

    I also liked Ian a lot, he had some pretty good advice to offer and was a really sweet boy. However considering his past issues with trust, I felt he fell in love with Rose a bit too fast.

    I liked Rose's group but they felt underdeveloped considering Rose and Ian's steady development. I think that was my biggest disappointment.

    Charlie was a great and definitely the most intriguing character of all, he really broke my heart. However, his metaphorical chapters although very poetic were utterly confusing and really hard to understand. Charlie's pov was really hard to follow. I also think Rose at the end was a little bit deus ex machina but the end was appropriate considering the circumstances.

    It was an enjoyable read, a 3.5 stars in a rating scale of 5. If you enjoy sci-fi Ya with a touch of eerie supernatural you about definitely give it a try! I'll also definitely read the next book the author writes.

    TW: violence; death; abusive relationship.

  • rachelwrites007

    I need this book in my possession. A Wrinkle in Time meets Arrival? I'm here for that.

  • London Shah

    LOVE the premise of this book, can't wait to read!

  • 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

    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 sure I had the correct amount of suspicion in the right places towards this story.

    Plus it also has a lot more sci-fi mumbo jumbo than I care for. Stuff about atoms and black holes, which, so early on, feels like it’s wanting me to already form theories and make educated guesses on what happened. (Likely so it can have a big “unexpected” twist, but that’s just my assumption.) I’m just not feeling it, but I’m sure some who are more into these kinds of stories could enjoy it. Hence the lack of an actual rating. It did have a Stranger Things feel to it which could be compelling to the right reader.

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