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23 August 2014

Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

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.

5 words: Silly children playing dangerous games.

I was pretty love/hate with this book the whole time I was reading it. From loving the turmoil with the relationships to hating the actions of these stupid, irresponsible children, I was swinging backwards and forwards from a rope swing tied to a branch.

There was something that just angered me so much about how these stupid little children endangered the lives of everyone. Their stupid game, in the name of "boredom" just made my blood boil.

What's wrong with picking up a book? Or getting a summer job? Or doing some volunteering?

Or doing anything at all that doesn't involve vandalism, theft, animal cruelty, dangerous driving, under-age drinking, drugs, man slaughter, tomb-stoning... The list of irresponsible, dangerous, IDIOTIC things these stupid little children get up to is endless.

But I found that I enjoyed the other stories in this book, although they were greatly overshadowed. I loved the relationships between siblings, the love of a family, the way friendships don't always last.

As much as I enjoyed reading Panic, I can't help but to hope it's a stand alone. I think that's where the power of this story lies.


  1. I've got this one, but haven't gotten around to reading it. Thanks for the review!

  2. I thought elements of this book were good, but it became a little too unbelievable for me in the end.

    Kate @ Ex Libris


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