Thursday, June 5, 2014


by Lauren Oliver

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Synopsis:  Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.  Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors.  She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out.  But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic.  His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it.  But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret.  Everyone has something to play for.  For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
From the ebook

Review:  This book was like a train wreck-it's horrific and you can't stop looking.  This book was not good but yet I had to keep reading.  I found this book disturbing.  Panic was such an awful, dangerous game and I really hope no one gets ideas after reading this book.  I found much of this book inappropriate for teenagers.  There were so many times that there was underage drinking-I think every scene where kids were getting together had someone drinking.  Plus there was cigarette smoking.  None of these characters were good role models for teenagers.  The teenagers were so reckless and parents were non existent.  The author introduces names of people who had won Panic or had been hurt by Panic and I couldn't keep these people straight but yet I needed to in order to understand what was going on.  There were also topics that were brought up that I thought were unnecessary-homelessness, drug abuse, animal abuse, and more.

Rating: 2 stars

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