Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: Panic, by Lauren Oliver

panic by lauren oliver ya young adult book contemporary mystery 2014 book cover large hd
By: Lauren Oliver
ISBN-10: 0062014552
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Panic is a game played every year in the small town of Carp. The reward is huge, but it’s also illegal and deadly. Heather desperately wants to escape the town with her little sister, and get away from their drunk mother, so she’s willing to risk taking part in the game. But she begins to realize that the stakes are even higher than she presumed, and by the end of the day, she doesn’t know who she can trust.

It contains:

• Profanity (many renditions of the F-word throughout, sh*t, Jesus Christ, *sshole, and b*tch)
• Full nudity (brief; not romantic)
• Teens using drugs, smoking, and drinking (also, a mother does drugs, drinks, and drives drunk, and a man dies from a drug overdosage)
• Stealing
• Kissing
• Many sexual references (a parent having sex in the other room, a teen girl having sex with a guy so she can get a job, condoms, a guy’s hand down a girl’s jeans, and feeling a girl’s boobs through her shirt while hugging her)
• Violence (reference to animals being exterminated, fistfights, death, suicide, and reckless endangerment of lives)

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  1. When reading Panic, it's easy to see why Lauren Oliver has become one of the most popular YA authors. She's a superb writer and she really understands her audience and what they want to read. Panic really lit a spark within me and has instantly converted me into a fan of Oliver. I can't wait to read Rooms, Oliver's adult debut and I have a feeling it's going to be amazing. Can we just fast forward to Fall '14 so we can all read Rooms?

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