Panic by Lauren Oliver was quietly thrilling, original, and shocking.
I was surprised by the drab setting as I started reading this book, and by the depressing atmosphere that clung to every character. Now, looking back, I realize that the mood of the entire story was vital to the message: There is always a light in every darkness. Yes, Carp was a boring, small, hopeless town, with a large amount of boring and hopeless people, but what made this novel extraordinary was not the setting but the people who defied all odds. Heather, Nat, Bishop, Dodge, and even little Lily didn’t let Carp bring them down, suck them into a life of drinking and sleeping in trailers all day, but they rose above and refused to be held down. We should all remember that there is no need to be afraid, as the last lines of this book tell us.
For the second time I have been impressed by Ms. Oliver, and I look forward to a third.
Ivy B. Lake
“There was always light – beyond the dark, and the fear, out of the depths; there was sun to reach for, and air and space and freedom. There was always a way up, and out, and no need to be afraid.”
“No matter what, he would always be hers, and they would always have this: a perfect day, a temporary reprieve from the cold.”
I am enthralled with Lauren Oliver’s writing now, so my next book is going to be Panic by (you guessed it) Lauren Oliver.
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Ivy B. Lake
Lauren Oliver was a new author to me, and I recently went to the library and literally picked up every single book that was written by her. The first of these that I read was Before I Fall.
Let me please just say, if you liked If I Stay at all, please read this book. It has the same elements that take your breath away, make your toes tingle, and leave you stunned nearly every page. You’ll love it, I promise.
This novel was incredibly impressive. It’s hard to find the proper words for it. I almost feel as though I’ve lived through Samantha Kingston’s life and I am just now waking up from a very short (and somehow very long) dream. “Powerful” is probably the most appropriate word to describe it. This book takes you and slams you face first into real life and, quite frankly, real death. You have no choice. Once you read the first page you are in for the ride.
The story that Lauren Oliver formed in this book is brilliant, and will leave you feeling slightly dizzy if you’re anything like me. I was swept off my feet, and I don’t mean in the romantic, sighing way, I mean in the I-Just-Got-Knocked-Over-On-The-Ice-Rink-And-Suddenly-I’m-On-My-Back sort of way. Oliver is showing us no mercy. This book is raw, real, and harsh in all the ways that are good. I’m starved for more of her writing, and I can’t wait to begin another one of her novels tonight.
Once again I’ve read a book too fast and forgotten my Currently Reading post. So here it is:
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Ivy B. Lake