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Teen Book Review – The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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woman-on-beach

I just finished reading The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. The story is about two sisters who live in a quaint beach community. One sister is wild, while the other is “very normal”. They are so close it’s almost as if they are twins, except that Dara likes to break all the rules and seems to have a knack for getting into trouble. Nick, short of Nicole on the other hand always follows the rules. Everything seems perfect in their relationship until Dara starts “hooking up” with Nick’s best friend, Parker. Now Nick feels like a third wheel and she resents it. Nick does her best to move on and even starts dating another guy.

Just when Nick starts to move on with her life Nick and Dara get into a serious car accident leaving Dara scarred and Nick trying to find a way to cope with the guilt from what really happened during the accident.

It’s a great book. There’s romance and mystery and suspense as Nick tries to find Dara after she vanishes shortly after the accident.

 

Teen Book Review Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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After the battle

After the battle (Photo credit: Conyn The Barbarian)

 

Just finished reading Requiem by Lauren Oliver. This is the third and final novel in the Delirium trilogy. The final battle for freedom has arrived and Lena finds herself having to make lots of choices.  The resistance is swelling and overflowing into the city and the fight for freedom is here.

 

Lena meets unexpected people as she is free to finally love who is wants.  Over the time she’s been living in the Wild she’s transformed into a new person – a fighter. It’s a very exciting book and written very poetically.  I believe that this story really shows us what sacrifices people are willing to make when certain freedom and liberties are taken from us.

 

When we think of modern-day revolutions like Tiananmen Square, it’s often that children or young adults lead the way in the struggle. Great book. I don’t want to give the plot away.

 

Teen Book Review – Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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Pandemonium (Killing Joke album)

Pandemonium (Killing Joke album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just finished reading Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.  It’s the second book in the Delirium series. Lena, the story’s protagonist realizes that she can’t live her life without love and the love of Alex, her new-found love.  This may seem like a normal thing,- falling in love but it isn’t at least not in Lena’s world.  At eighteen everyone in the United States receives a procedure that rids them of the desire to love.

This book takes off where the first novel ended.  Lena has escaped over the border and into the Wilds, a forbidden place where a band of people called the Invalids dwell.  Invalids are a sect a people who refuse to get the procedure.  Lena nearly lives after she crosses over after being separated from Alex, who was and captured and presumed  dead.  She is nursed back to health and ends up joining the Invalids.

Lots of action and surprises as Lena finds herself falling in love with someone new, a boy named Julian who is part of the part the opposed everything she believes in.  Great read! Definitely put this one on your book list for the summer.

What’s on the Bookshelf for Today

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Pandemonium (The Time album)

Pandemonium (The Time album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just started reading Lauren’s Oliver’s second novel in the Delirium series, Pandemonium.  So far so good. I already have the third book Requiem on standby.  I am more than half way through so I don’t feel guilty that I take out more than one book at a time.  I’ll finish it by the end of the week.

6 more days left for school.  Finals start today.  I was wondering what’s on your book list for this summer.

Review of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Cover of "Before I Fall"

Cover of Before I Fall

Before I Fall is the story of Samantha (Sam) Kingston, a high school senior and one of the most popular girls at Thomas Jefferson High.  Sam has it all – gorgeous boyfriend, great friends and the envy of all the girls in the school.Sam and her friends are not the nicest people in the world though.  In fact they can be really cruel to anyone that’s not part of their precious little cliche.  The story opens on February 12th, Cupid‘s Day, it’s the day when people get to show off how “popular” they are and make fun of people anyone who aren’t.  Nothing in the world matters but getting the most flowers so you can show the world that everyone loves you and this year Sam plans on being the winner.Sam and her friends end up getting invited to a party and when they arrive all eyes are of them.  After Sam and her friends get into a horrible accident while leaving the party Sam finds herself literary reliving that day after day.The story is like Groundhog Day where Sam is forced to relive that day over and over again until she gets it right.  Very good book and it’s a realistic portrayal of what life really is like as a teenage.  It’s the story of the haves and have nots that takes you on a wonderful ride in the process.