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The Program (The Program #1)

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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to ke...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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After having some time to think, i made the overall conclusion that this book is the most frustrating and saddest book i have ever read.

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The Program is set in a world where depression and suicide are considered a virus. If you are thought to have caught the virus, the handlers come to get you and take you to a facility known as The Program.

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I look back at James one last time, and he gives me his signature smile, wide and cocky. But it's not real. Sometimes i think it's never rea...more
If I wasn't so bored with dystopians lately, this one might have been more enjoyable for me. Although it has a little contemporary feel to it more than most, and the plot direction it takes is different from the expected and clichés "run and hide from the big bad government", in the end I still felt that it was yet another dystopian novel that doesn't particularly stand out from the rest.

A little reminiscent of Delirium, The Program involves teen suicide and how its become an epidemic, and the c...more
Reactions to The Program will differ I think based on which of these two scenarios you were expecting:

A) a thought provoking treatment of teen suicide
B) a typical dystopian that co-opts yet another attention grabbing premise only to degenerate into the same evil government conspiracy keeping apart the star crossed lovers plot

If you thought B), The Program is a perfectly fine book. Ignore this review and enjoy the book for what it is. Personally though, I thought A), so my reaction went from...more
Okay, I’ve put this off long enough, so I’m just going to power through this… See, I’ve struggled for over a couple of weeks putting into words what The Program is truly about. My hesitation lies with the possibility that when I say, …This book is about suicide, but it’s really not about suicide... someone will take that one statement and not only get irritated with my lacking analogy but also not give The Program a chance.

So allow me a few moments while I try to convince you not to make the s...more
May 20, 2011 Hannah marked it as to-read
Suzanne Young, Simon Pulse, and brainwashing. These are a few of my favorite things.
That ending... This book was simply amazing.

The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the romance, and the repetition that occurred in the first 120 pages. After finishing the book, I understood why Suzanne Young wrote those scenes, and I loved that she did.

The idea for The Program was actually quite brilliant, but also a bit frightening. This book is not a dystopia, it's more or less the exact same government that we have today. It's scary that something as horrible as suicide could...more
Trish at Between My Lines
The Program is a book with oodles of plot holes but I was still sucked in. It kept me on the edge of my seat, reading nervously, always waiting for the axe to fall. I couldn't put it down so even though it’s far from flawless, I have to give it 4 stars.

Sloane’s brother has committed suicide and Sloane’s parents will do anything to stop her falling victim to the teen suicide epidemic that is sweeping the world. Even if that means sending her to The Program where teens are sent for a treatment cou...more
Books don't usually piss me off, but then I don't usually read books as poorly researched, offensive, and misleading as The Project.

The premise is that suicide is claiming the lives of one in three American teenagers - an epidemic. The government has developed a brainwashing program to remove the memories of teens they flag as suicide risks, thinking that if they remove the bad memories from someone's brain, they will magically stop being depressed and stop wanting to kill themselves.

Number one,...more
Bieke {Istyria book blog}
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Wow... This book is heartbreaking, frustrating, dramatic, romantic and more. It was more then I expected, to be honest. Way more. And I loved every part of it.

"You're here for me. I wouldn't have survived without you, and I couldn't now. We're in this together , James. Don't forget that."

So in this book suicide is an epidemic. And the only 'cure' they could come up with is The Program. (Stupid donkeys... I may have a few ideas that could...more
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Hayley G
This book wrecked me, it's unlike anything out there right now. Full review to come.

If you're going to read one book this year, this is the book!!!

I'm not sure I can write a review that will do justice to the brilliance that Young has created with The Program. I experienced so many emotions while reading this brilliant title, I would cry in anguish, than I would feel a spark of hope, only to feel helpless all over again. It's hard not to sympathize with the characters of Young's society, I found...more
This book was an entertaining read, I will give it that. Unfortunately, I had some major problems with it. For one thing, you didn't get any good descriptions of anything really besides James. It is true it leaves the reader to his or her imagination, but a better writer would give you some of both.

Secondly, Sloane was very dependent on boys. She depended on James to get her through Brady's death, she depended on Realm to get her through the program, and she even depended on Roger to help her r...more
Ashley (Nose Graze)
The Program by Suzanne Young - What did they erase this time?  It wasn't theirs to take.

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4.5 stars

Wowie, The Program book was awesome! Even though the synopsis hints at a love story, I didn't expect it to dominate the book the way it did. I think I expected more of a sci-fi than a romance, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out otherwise! This love story completely rocks. Imagine soul mates, destiny, "meant to be", love that knows no bounds.. but all without being cheesy.

The Program is completely effortless. I feel like it deals with so ma...more
May 12, 2013 Caterina marked it as never-reading-ever
The premise, as the reviews describe it, is flawed.

Depression is not a matter of teenage angst gone horribly wrong. I should know. I was there. Removing my memories wouldn't have changed anything about the course of my illness because it was the product of a chemical imbalance, one I have inherited from my father.

(Do you know how I can tell? He's on the same drugs.)

Would it have made my illness easier to bear? It might have done. After all, mine was aggravated by an intense homesickness and the...more
Rashika (is busy trying to graduate)
Actual Rating 2.5

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so confused about a book. On one hand I enjoyed it and on the other it goes against a lot of my opinions. The main reason I was able to read this book at all without tearing all my hair out was because I did my homework and stalked the hell out of this book before reading it. The reviews told me what to expect and the ‘possible disappointments’.

It took me a while to get off my ass and to actually write this review. I took too many notes and serious...more
Emerson Forest-angelos
Probably the worst book I have ever read. Concept is absolutely stupid, makes a joke of eating disorders and depression like everyone can magically get infected for no reason. Suzanne Young's writing is reminiscent of Stephanie Meyer's because it is really just downright awful. Main characters have sex too much in the beginning, and it's stupid, random, and sporadic. It seems like she wrote this book because of a pathetic desire to have had a relationship as "intense" and "real" as how she wrote...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)

I am seriously, seriously conflicted about this book.

I will say right away that this isn't an indepth analysis of depression and suicide. Readers should not look here if that is the kind of book they're looking for. It's also not a book that is necessarily completely understandable in the way it relates to current technology. It is definitely a book where you will need to suspend your disbelief. It's also not a book that is easy to read. There was more than one moment where I literally wan...more
Lexie Robinson Austin
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their d...more
Book # 142 for 2013

That epilogue alone deserves a 4-star rating. :-) (view spoiler)

I didn't know this wasn't a stand alone book, the pacing of the story actually made me think I'd be able to finish Sloane's story tonight, but surprisingly it's part of a series. And I have to wait for 2014 for the next book. dammit.

It wasn't a typical dystopian novel, since it's not about hunger, zombies, vamps, or any of your usual dystopia-elements....more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Imagine a world where you were likelier to commit suicide than graduate high school. And imagine that the only cure for this epidemic was to erase any and all tainted memories...any memories that might lead to depression. Would you take the cure? Or would you rather die your own way, painful but real memories intact? What if that choice was taken from you?

I'm not going to lie; I'm a little burned out on dystopian novels. And so I was a little hesitant to pick The Programup, even though I was exc...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
It's like I never existed. We had so many secrets together and now they're just mine. The weight of them is too heavy for me to carry.

Rating: ★★★★


Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as...more
Angela (:
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

No spoilers. (I don't think so, anyway.)

I want to say I'm disappointed in this, but to be honest, I'm not. I'm not because I had low expectations for this when I started. Suzanne Young is not an author I like, or am very familiar with. The Program is a dystopian, which is a genre I really can't stand. There are few dystopians I enjoy, this not one of them.

This is so hard to review. Ugh, okay, I'll start off with what I liked. I liked the story, for the most part. It was i...more
Faye (The Social Potato)
May 06, 2013 Faye (The Social Potato) marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: painful

Ridiculous premise? No.

Annoying heroine wallowing in despair all the time? No.

I would not like to waste my time, thank you very much.
Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

The Program is a book I went to not really knowing what to expect. I hadn't read many reviews for it, so I was unsure of what was awaiting me in between the pages of this book. I was completely blown away by the emotional impact that The Program had on me which made it a YA dystopian that really stuck out to me.

More than anything, The Program was a heavily character driven story and although that should have bothered me a little, it didn't. In fact, I...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
You know you like a book when:
1. You look at the page count and wish it didn't have to end
2. Constantly think about the book -- even when you should be getting your tan on at the beach
3. Cry and cry and cry when you reach the last page. Because it's just that good.

Well, I've been converted. Or Suzanne Young has put some type of spell on me because I'm head-over-heels, crazy-in-love with this book. It's one of those books that you just cannot put down. Everything hit its mark: The characters, the...more
Ta§chima Cullen

"I stand there, clutching my arm and feeling helpless. I'm so violated, so angry, that I think I might completely lose it right now."


The Program left me in a puddle of my own feels. I read the book for hours without being able to put it down. At first it's a little slow, true, but it starts to pick up real quick once the bodies start dropping. The Program is so heartbreaking, so honest, that every word just cuts into your soul. I was not expecting what I got, but I am glad I took the leap. The c...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
The Program by Suzanne Young is broken down into three parts and each part is just as good as the first. I found myself at the edge of my seat with butterflies in my stomach, and also fear that Sloane and James would be flagged and taken into The Program.

The world that Sloane and James live in believe suicide is a disease and can be cured. I was taken by surprise over this unique idea. It's a very touchy subject because it's happening in the real world more and more. But the view Suzanne Young c...more
This book was amazing. It has everything: likeable characters, a unique premise, funny moments, tragic moments...everything. The main characters were very well done. In fact, all of them were. Each one felt complex and individual. I was so grateful to find a book where I actually like the main character. Sloane has her moments, but that's what makes her so relatable; she feels like a real person, struggling to work through the situation she's been put in. James too was extremely likeable; he was...more
Emily Anne
Sep 14, 2013 Emily Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of books that make you think, while not too heavy!
The Program exceeded my expectations, especially after reading a lot of "meh" reviews! However, I can really see how this is only for certain people, and they should probably to be in a certain mood, so check out the other reviews to see if The Program is for you!

The idea, a teen suicide epidemic, is a bit depressing, yet it really makes you think: What is happening here? Do the depresses teens really need their memories wiped? Is it for the best? What is The Program up to? Why is it happening?...more
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Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. She's the author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, A WANT SO WICKED, and THE PROGRAM. Learn more about Suzanne at
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