The Ethan I Was Before by Ali StandishThe Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

The Ethan I Was Before

byAli Standish

Hardcover | January 24, 2017

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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 is a story of love and loss, wonder and adventure, and ultimately of hope.

Title:The Ethan I Was BeforeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062433385

ISBN - 13:9780062433381


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional and Outstanding! I completely adored this book! I had to stop myself from crying in a coffee shop I was so invested in the story. The characters really grip onto you and take you on a ride throughout the plot. I found myself wanting to step into their little town and join them on the adventures they had. But aside from the wonder of discovery this book has, it also does an incredible job of portraying the naive sort of guilt and mourning of a young boy and the effects it has on him and his life moving forward, as well as the lives of his family and those around him. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-08

Editorial Reviews

“A deft balance between storytelling and accessible reflection for the middle-school reader.”