by Lauren Oliver
Suggested Ages: 13+
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Description: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love
Mini Book Review: Please remember I am not critiquing the talents of the author, I am just giving my thoughts on my personal enjoyment of the story. Met the author at a book signing and she is a wonderful, fun and intelligent women and she is an extremely talented author. Now that that is over with, let me get on with my opinion on this story. I struggled with this book and had to keep putting it down, not because of there being something wrong with it, it was the subject matter. The idea of a world where love is a disease and where parents take care of their children because it is the right thing to do, not because of overwhelming love actually sickened me. Some of the descriptions on the treatment of children and animals was written very dispassionately that it actually disturbed me and I had to put the book down right away. Honestly, this is how you are supposed to feel so you can understand Lena's transformation, but it is very hard for someone as sensitive as I am to get through it. That being said 3/4 way through after Lena starts to change, I totally didn't want to put the book down. It was beautifully done and made me grateful to have actually stuck with the book. I am now impatient for the sequel to come out, because I am dying to know what happens. I am going to disagree with Natasha, I actually liked the ending because it fit very well with the book and I look forward to discussing this with her on Friday -- can't talk about it here because there would be tons of spoilers. This is an extremely powerful tale, but the sensitive should be warned. I will some this up with a quote from Delirium which is what I truly believe the message of the book is about and something I believe to be very true.
"Hate isn't the most dangerous thing." he said."Indifference is."
3.5 Dewey's (Remember based on MY enjoyment of the book, NOT the talents of the author)
I bought this because Teri suggested I give it a chance, but I still want to say I hate the scene with the dog, it made my heart break!
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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!