The Ethan I Was Before

The Ethan I Was Before

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...

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Title:The Ethan I Was Before
Author:Ali Standish
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:368 pages

The Ethan I Was Before Reviews

  • Dana Langer
    Sep 25, 2016

    A sweet, beautifully written story about grief, family, and friendship, this is a perfect book to give fans of Lisa Graff's Lost in the Sun.

  • Ellie Terry
    Sep 21, 2015

    After reading the first sentence, I was interested. After reading the first page, I was hooked. After reading the first chapter, I knew I was going to LOVE this book. And I did. All 343 pages. I didn't want it to end. I wanted it to "go on forever." This book is so, so beautiful. Not only did Ali Standish craft a heartbreakingly wonderful story about a boy named Ethan and the accident that cost him everything, she threw in life advice and an amazing Keep-You-Turning-The-Pages mystery. I loved ev

    After reading the first sentence, I was interested. After reading the first page, I was hooked. After reading the first chapter, I knew I was going to LOVE this book. And I did. All 343 pages. I didn't want it to end. I wanted it to "go on forever." This book is so, so beautiful. Not only did Ali Standish craft a heartbreakingly wonderful story about a boy named Ethan and the accident that cost him everything, she threw in life advice and an amazing Keep-You-Turning-The-Pages mystery. I loved every second of it from start to finish and I can't wait for the world to meet Ethan Truitt in January 2017.

  • Wendy MacKnight
    Oct 28, 2016

    From the very first page, we are sucked into the mystery of what happened to Ethan Truitt's best friend Kacey and why it resulted in his parents moving themselves, him, and his older brother Roddie to a small town with Georgia to live with Grandpa Ike, who seems less than thrilled to have them there. Ethan is a haunted, broken boy, and his heartbreak makes the reader's heart break. Nothing his family does seems to bring him out of his depression and guilt, but a small spitfire named Coralee, may

    From the very first page, we are sucked into the mystery of what happened to Ethan Truitt's best friend Kacey and why it resulted in his parents moving themselves, him, and his older brother Roddie to a small town with Georgia to live with Grandpa Ike, who seems less than thrilled to have them there. Ethan is a haunted, broken boy, and his heartbreak makes the reader's heart break. Nothing his family does seems to bring him out of his depression and guilt, but a small spitfire named Coralee, may be up to the task. This is a rich, deeply personal and moving story, and Standish creates a world that thrums and hums with life - both in terms of characters and in terms of setting, and the two support each other admirably and thematically, especially when the hurricane hits. When the story of Kacey is ultimately revealed it is done naturally and carefully, as are the other surprises. This book is sure to be beloved by young readers and the adults in their life. I truly loved it!

  • Becca AE
    Jun 11, 2016

    This book was a page-turner filled with adventure, magic, and friendship while also dealing delicately with the subject of trauma. More than anything, the story is gripping! The dialogue feels natural and true to the characters personalities and their ages. The author shows a talent for writing clearly and effectively on a sensitive topic and young readers will surely see the connection between the story and the tough situations present in their own lives. This is a book that will help kids find

    This book was a page-turner filled with adventure, magic, and friendship while also dealing delicately with the subject of trauma. More than anything, the story is gripping! The dialogue feels natural and true to the characters personalities and their ages. The author shows a talent for writing clearly and effectively on a sensitive topic and young readers will surely see the connection between the story and the tough situations present in their own lives. This is a book that will help kids find their own confidence and their way back to mischief. For a book focused on kids, family relationships, adventures, and animals in the southeast, it's full of substance and meaning.

  • Carlie Sorosiak
    Sep 24, 2016

    It takes a lot for a book to make me cry.

    had me completely choking up. What a gorgeous, gorgeous middle grade novel. There is so much heart and love in this book. It's one of those novels that you just know is going to be on a "classics" list, and is exactly the sort of book I would've treasured as a kid. (And I probably would've begged my parents for a pet wolf and a pet alligator. Once you read the

    It takes a lot for a book to make me cry.

    had me completely choking up. What a gorgeous, gorgeous middle grade novel. There is so much heart and love in this book. It's one of those novels that you just know is going to be on a "classics" list, and is exactly the sort of book I would've treasured as a kid. (And I probably would've begged my parents for a pet wolf and a pet alligator. Once you read the story, you'll know what I'm talking about!)

    Ethan is such a relatable, empathetic character. In fact, it's hard to find a character in this novel who, by the end, you don't want to give a big hug. (Okay, except maybe Suzanne.) Coralee in particular is just so, so amazing - really sharp-witted. And Grandpa Ike! Love him!

    At the risk of giving any spoilers, I won't delve too much into the plot, but let's just say that there are plenty of twists and turns. The mystery elements had me holding my breath, and there's just the right amount of suspense.

    Above all, this is a story about friendship and finding yourself again after tragedy; the gorgeous writing carries you through grief and to the other side. I felt hopeful after finishing

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    One of my top MG picks for 2017.

  • Claudia
    Aug 28, 2016

    This hauntingly beautiful debut novel by the prodigiously talented Standish takes as its starting point the unanswerable question: what becomes of who you were before if you unwittingly do something tragic and irrevocable that divides your life forever into two parts, Before and After? The portraits of Ethan, his currently estranged brother, previously estranged grandfather, troubled parents, and charismatic but unsettling new friend Coralee are brilliantly drawn. Standish kept me turning pages

    This hauntingly beautiful debut novel by the prodigiously talented Standish takes as its starting point the unanswerable question: what becomes of who you were before if you unwittingly do something tragic and irrevocable that divides your life forever into two parts, Before and After? The portraits of Ethan, his currently estranged brother, previously estranged grandfather, troubled parents, and charismatic but unsettling new friend Coralee are brilliantly drawn. Standish kept me turning pages in a desperate longing for Ethan to achieve self-forgiveness and to reconcile his "Before" self with the self he has become. I'll be surprised if this one isn't going to be a contender for major awards.

  • Kristin
    Jan 24, 2017

    A heartbreaking, beautiful book of resilience, grief, and forgiveness amidst one boy's struggle with guilt. To help him heal after the loss of his best friend, Ethan's family moves from Boston to Palm Knot, Georgia. Specifically to his Grandpa's house. Where getting along isn't always easy. First-time author Standish has crafted a winning, emotional debut. You'll root for Ethan the whole way through.

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Jan 06, 2017

    Guilt, grief, family relationships and secrets, all interwoven seamlessly through the characters in this middle grade novel. Excellent.

  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 11, 2016

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Ethan and his family move from Boston to the south to live with his grandfather, who is elderly and having problems. The family felt they needed to move because something horrible and undefined has happened to Ethan's best friend and neighbor, Kacey, and he was unable to move on. His older brother is really miffed, and the grandfather has been dysfunctionally grieving his wife's death from breast cancer 30 years ago. Ethan manages to make a new friend, Cor

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

    Ethan and his family move from Boston to the south to live with his grandfather, who is elderly and having problems. The family felt they needed to move because something horrible and undefined has happened to Ethan's best friend and neighbor, Kacey, and he was unable to move on. His older brother is really miffed, and the grandfather has been dysfunctionally grieving his wife's death from breast cancer 30 years ago. Ethan manages to make a new friend, Coralee, who has her own family problems. Ethan's family is concerned that he is replacing Kacey with Coralee in an unhealthy way. When a large storm imperils Coralee when she tries to save some wolf pups, Ethan feels he must go save her, since he couldn't save Kacey.

    Strengths:The reviews I've read have said that this one is "beautifully poignant", and I have to agree. The writing is good, the characters are fine, and it moves along decently for a book where there's not a lot of action until the end.

    Weaknesses: I just can't get behind books that are primarily about grieving. They are boring. The grandfather especially irritated me. It's not okay for parents to ignore a living child when the parents are grieving. Not okay at all. Also, the child imperiled in a storm plot twist has been done too often, especially in novels set in the south.

    What I really think: A lot of people will like this one, but I will pass.

  • Rikke
    Feb 14, 2017

    This book is really wonderful. I enjoyed A LOT. in fact, I more or less breezed through it, that's how well told it is. I imagine quite a lot of readers will like it. Especially the ones who adore more serious novels, because this one does deal with some serious subjects.

    Is it a 4 or a 5 stars read for me? It kinda feels perfect, but then there's a tiny tinge of "perfect behavior" that did rub me the wrong way once and again... So for now, it's a 4+ stars.. If it turns out to be one of the unfo

    This book is really wonderful. I enjoyed A LOT. in fact, I more or less breezed through it, that's how well told it is. I imagine quite a lot of readers will like it. Especially the ones who adore more serious novels, because this one does deal with some serious subjects.

    Is it a 4 or a 5 stars read for me? It kinda feels perfect, but then there's a tiny tinge of "perfect behavior" that did rub me the wrong way once and again... So for now, it's a 4+ stars.. If it turns out to be one of the unforgettable ones, I will be sure to return to up my rating accordingly.