The Ethan I Was Before. Ali Standish. HarperCollins. 2017.
Most kids try to run away from home. Not many have a destination in mind. Or a reason to run away from home more than once. Ethan is a twelve-year-old kid who has just been relocated to a new city, a new state, and a new school by his parents to start over.
Ali Standish’s The Ethan I Was Before crafts a heart-wrenching tale about dealing with an overcoming grief as a young kid. What does the aftermath of a tragedy look like when you are only twelve? Can Ethan even attempt to overcome his past and move on from the Ethan he was before the incident happened?
Prepare for mystery and suspense and a chilling haunted house scene. Meet the lively characters of Standish’s world and fall in love while also being absolutely terrified. Know that you may cry, but that you also might learn alongside Ethan on how to come out all right in the end.
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