Saturday, June 13

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368

Summary: New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.

My Thoughts:  I adore Lauren Oliver! I always seem to find myself reading her books and enjoying them.

Vanishing Girls was a difficult read for me. I didn’t get immersed like I usually do. We are introduced to Dara and Nick. Sisters. They used to be close but now Nick finds herself drifting from Dara. Ever since the accident the two sisters just can’t connect to one another. And we also meet their friend Parker. I really liked Parker and the place Nick worked with him. It felt very laid back and enjoyable there.

I think I liked Nick more than Dara. But even she at times got annoying. I just didn’t connect very well with the girls or the plot. And, the plot confused me at times. I understand why now but it seemed like it jumped around too much for me to really keep track of what was going on. And it showed us some of Dara’s writings too and I just didn’t care about what she said. HAHA!

I finally figured out what was actually going on about ¾ of the way through and things came together. But by than I was almost done reading.

Overall:  I can see where some people will love this book and give it 5 stars. For me, I just had a hard time with it, BUT I still adore Oliver! I have enjoyed the rest of her books so far so hopefully this was just a miss with me and I’ll be right back to loving her next one. Maybe it was just my reading mood or I just have a hard time with mystery or books that deal with this subject.

I did finish it and I thought it was just okay.

Cover:  I do like the cover. Very neat and I’d definitely pick it up to see what it’s about.

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