Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Vanishing Girls

Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

I hate reviewing books like this. They are so hard to review because you can't just say what you like or what you don't like. You have to be vague so that you don't give too much away.  So, here, I go. My best shot at a spoiler free review. 

Vanishing Girls wasn't what I was expecting. The description on the back is kind of vague, again, to keep everyone from knowing what the big reveal is. I didn't know what to expect from Vanishing Girls but I still found myself surprised the way the story went down. And I'll be honest and say that I didn't see the big reveal coming. I had ideas of what could happen but none of them were right. Oliver does a very good job of making you think one thing, only to find out that what you believed the entire book is wrong. 

One of the problems I had with Vanishing Girls was the romance between Nick, Parker, and Dara. It's obvious that both sisters are in love with him but I didn't feel like I saw enough of his personailty to see why they liked him as much as they did. It's explained that they have been friends for a long time but Parker came off as kind of wishy-washy. I'm not sure if it's just because of the way the story was told and seeing him from both Nick and Dara's perspectives or that's just how he was. 

Another problem I have is that the story seems a little unbelievable. I get that it's fiction but it's realistic fiction, not fantasy. I just feel like Nick and Dara's parents should have been more concerned and seen some things. They came off as very clueless. 

Overall, Vanishing Girls was okay. It's not my favorite book in the world but the intruging plot did keep me turning the pages into the late hours of the night. 


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