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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
Edit, July 2014: Wow, so much passion about this review over a year later! While you can certainly feel free to leave comments on this review, I don't see my opinion of the book changing. The fact that the book is fiction does not change my opinion that it's irresponsible and unrealistic (particularly in a science fiction novel, which is supposed to be based on scientific fact) to portray mental illness in the way it is shown in The Program.

Books don't usually piss me off, but then I don't usual...more
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Mafia Princess*
4.5 Mental Stars

Imagine a world where suicide is an epidemic. Where showing signs of depression could get you sent away, and you'd come back as only a shell of your former self. Where shedding even one tear could wipe away your entire past...

I've always had a fascination with mental illness and how it works. Sloane, lives in a world where anti-depressants have been banned, after her brother committed suicide she couldn't even mourn because that would've have gotten her flagged and sent away to T...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
Harriet (British Button)
5 stars

Usually when I love a book as much as I did with this one, I normally can't wait to write a review, things will pop in my head and I even just start writing things down in my notes if I'm busy. With this I couldn't do either of those things just because of the fact it is so hard to review. I actually feel like this could be the trickiest book to explain, this is because it's one of the most angsty, twisty, mind fuckery, heart-breaking, depressing and so out of the ordinary books I have ev...more
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
May 20, 2011 Hannah marked it as to-read
Suzanne Young, Simon Pulse, and brainwashing. These are a few of my favorite things.
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
May 12, 2013 E. 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
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
Rashika (is tired)
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
James is the best at hiding the pain, disguising the feelings. He knows what it takes to stay out of The Program. He'll keep us safe.
He promised.

Last night I had a million things in my head that I just HAD to say in this review and I totally knew how I was going to lay it all out for people to read...and now, sitting here with a keyboard right in front of me, I'm even more speechless than I was when I finished this two nights ago. This story was special to me, therefore I want to say things cor...more
Cait Grace
Ohhh my gosh, where do I even start? How do I even sum up the awesomeness that is this book? I expected to like it, but I absolutely ADORED it. It hit all these teary chords in my heart and I sniffled quite a bit. It's talent to writ a book about a depressing subject and have the reader come out mildly happy at the end. This book has aaaall the talent.

Do I shelve it as dystopian, though? It's set Somewhere In the Very Near Future, where teens are treated for depression by locking them up an...more
ARGGGGGGG. The ending. my thoughts are all over the place. I seriously need to read the second book soon ;-; I am actually not joking, this is probably the most distressing/upsetting book I've ever read.

Me when i finished the book:

Has anyone close to you committed suicide? YES

Has anyone close to you committed suicide? NO.

"Bullshit, Sloane!" James would yell out, slapping his hand on the table. "You're the worst liar ever!"

When Realm picks them up, he looks me over, studying my expression. "G...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
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
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
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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