Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • ISBN-10: 0062433385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062433381
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 24, 2017)


Life can be transformed in one moment, but does that one moment define you for life?
Lost in the Sun meets The Thing About Jellyfish in Ali Standish’s breathtaking debut. A poignant middle grade novel of friendship and forgiveness, The Ethan I Was Before is a classic in the making.
Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from Boston to the small town of Palm Knot, Georgia.
Palm Knot may be tiny, but it’s the home of possibility and second chances. It’s also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets. Coralee’s are catching up with her, and what she’s hiding might be putting both their lives at risk. 

The Ethan I was Before by Ali Standish is an amazing debut novel for this author.  This book just blew me away when I read it! 

It had me enthralled from page 1 through the very last page. The plot was excellent - leaving tidbits of who Ethan was before in each chapter. Even after you find out about the "event" that changed Ethan, there still is further suspense  up to the very. last. chapter. 

The story flowed really well, keeping the suspense building till the final chapter. The characters were humanly flawed, broken and endearing in their attempts to forgive, heal and move on with their lives. 

The Ethan I Was Before truly is about love and loss, hope and redemption. I loved this book and highly recommend it for everyone - regardless of age. That's how good this book is! 

5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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