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Monday, March 3, 2014

Panic by Lauren Oliver

by Lauren Oliver
ISBN: 978-0-06-228559-1
Buy from Indigo
Release Date: March 4, 2014

Description: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 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, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. 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

Random Thoughts
  • Would be a fabulous book for class discussion and opening up communication
  • The adults were mostly caricatures - the typical self involved and neglectful parents that can be found in most ya novels (You must remember I am a 43 yr old mom and am a good parent). That being said it does explain the actions of the teen characters 
  • Great message without being preachy
  • Author had a good understanding of the teenage mind with all its turmoil, confusion and angst. Especially of those teens growing up in such a poor and depressed town.
  • I didn't feel a real connection to any of the characters, with the exception of Heather, and some of their actions (Bishop's for example), didn't really makes sense to me.
  • Fast paced and interesting - ir was a hard one to put down - even when I wanted to slap these kids upside their heads for some of their stupid actions (yet I still remember being a teen so I can see how they would react the way they did)
  • Oliver does a brilliant job of creating a town that is in an economic downturn and the feeling of desperation permeates throughout the story and all of the characters
  • The towns name is Carp (hmm play around with those letters LOL!)
  • Could totally see this situation happening
 Memorable Quotes/Passages

"The sky was deepening, the light was fading and so were the colors, swirling away behind the line of trees beyond the ridge, as though someone had pulled the plug"

"...about her fears that she would never get out of Carp and it would eat her up, swallow her as it had her mom, turn her into one of those brittle, bitter women who is old and drug-eaten and done at twenty-nine." 

"My point is, when you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you're happy and it's easy."

3.75 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins at work as part of my job. I am in no way obligated to review or sell any copies. One of the perks about being a bookseller which almost makes up for crappy retail pay LOL - love the job though so I really shouldn't complain - just miss my cushy library job that had benefits and paid vacation time


  1. I just finished this one and feel pretty much the way you do.

    1. Nice to have someone agree with me Laura - now to just get the kids to agree with me LOL - thanks for commenting Laura!