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The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and movin ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Ecco
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Emily May
A few years back I read Oliver's debut novel - Before I Fall - and I was a mess of emotions. I thought the book was beautiful, moving and a completely realistic portrait of a teen girl's mind and journey to self-awareness. Since then, I have awaited every new release by Lauren Oliver, just hoping to be taken back to the places where that first book took me.

Delirium jumped on the dystopian bandwagon and failed to convince me with its whole "love is a disease" concept. Liesl & Po was a cute k
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Faith
I can't wait for this.Actually,I would read Lauren Oliver's grocery list. (TFIOS) reference ;)
Wendy Darling
If you've read Liesl & Po, you know that a ghost story by Lauren Oliver is not going to be your typical horror fare. This is a slow, secretive book that intertwines the lives of the dead and the living, and yet its tone is, in turns, contemplative, chilling, and in the end, nearly unbearably sad. I've no doubt that some YA readers will struggle with this unusual story, and some will be frustrated with not having everything tied up neatly in a bow by the end. But if you appreciate well-crafte ...more
Elena
Aug 14, 2012 Elena marked it as to-read
A new book from Lauren Oliver???
2014? NONONONONONO.
OMG.
This is my reaction:
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Ohhhh, Lauren LET ME LOVE YOU! *w*
You make me cry everytime!
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I want this book, I need this book.
Will Byrnes
We’ve nested in the walls like bacteria. We’ve taken over the house, its insulation and its plumbing--we’ve made it our own. Or maybe it’s life that is the infection: a feverish dream, a hallucination of feelings. Death is purification, a cleansing, a cure.
If death ever takes a holiday I expect he might vacation in Coral River, the upstate New York locale where Richard Walker lives…well…lived. Richard’s recent passing is what has brought the Walker family back together for a spell. A funeral,
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Giselle
I didn't love this, but it's a very unique - I'd even say peculiar - story with some candid personalities and buried secrets. And of course, Lauren's writing makes the storyline so intriguing that it compels you to read even if it's not blowing your mind. This review will be short, because the whole of this (also short) book is one haunting secret after another being unearthed into a story full of tragedy.

Brought together in this house by the death and upcoming burial of a husband and father, t
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

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Richard Walker has passed away. His house, currently inhabited by two bickering ghosts, now belongs to his estranged family; alcoholic wife Caroline, sex-addict daughter Minna, and depressed, suicidal teenage son, Trenton.
Now that they're back in this home, old memories best forgotten begin to emerge, and we find out just what made these ghosts stay and how they can leave in peace.

This book had so much potential. An old house in which ghosts feel with its walls and furniture, long dead secrets
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Whitney Atkinson
Video review coming!
Ta§chima Cullen
Mar 24, 2013 Ta§chima Cullen marked it as to-read
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Shut up Peter, I do what I want! And I want to follow Lauren Oliver to the edges of the Earth, to the deepest, coldest, parts of Hell, and even into the next chapter of our lives. Adulthood.

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You write, I follow blindfolded. Then take the blindfold off, but only to read the book.
Diane S.
3.5 First offering in adult fiction for this YA author and it is a very unusual ghost story. Two adult ghosts are stuck in a house, they don't remember why, only bits and pieces of their death. It is a house that Caroline, Mina and Trenton along with Mina's young daughter are returning to after the death of their estranged father, and in the case of Caroline, her husband. All seem to have negative memories of Richard but they are there to do their duty, hear the will read, clean out the house an ...more
Katie
I received a free ARC of this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the synopsis of Rooms, it sort of reminded me of Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game – a rich man has died, leaving a collection of misfits and misanthropes to squabble over his fortune. Spoiler Alert: Rooms is nothing like The Westing Game.

My only previous experience with Lauren Oliver was her Delirium trilogy, which, for the most part, I found moderately enjoyable. Rooms is billed as her debut a
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Melissa
If this was divided into two, smaller books, I'd prefer to read the one about Sandra & Alice & how they are haunting the Walker house because they're tethered to the earth with regret, because that book is engrossing & depressing as all hell. But the book about the real people; sexually compulsive Minna, mopey teenage Trenton, and their uber-alcoholic mother Caroline, just falls flat in comparison.
Maya Panika
A haunted house. A ghost story told in seven voices: three of them dead, four still alive.

Richard Walker has recently died. His estranged family gather at what was once their home, to organise a funeral and hear his will read. There's Caroline, the mother, Richard's ex-wife, who still secretly loves her husband and has spent the years since their divorce, salving her grief with epic quantities of Vodka. Her twenty-eight year old daughter Minna is almost as damaged: a single mother to six year o
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Taryn Pierson
I didn't plan to read this book—I had seen so many reviews that ranged from lukewarm to flat-out negative that I wasn't sure it would be worth my time. But when I saw that I could get a copy from the library with no wait (something that rarely happens in the first month after a book's release, at least one written by an author as popular as Lauren Oliver), it seemed a shame not to give it a try. If nothing else, it would be something to pass the time while I'm waiting deep down on the hold lists ...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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MY THOUGHTS
I love all of Lauren Oliver's other books, so I decided to pick up this book, despite my irrational fear of adult books. To be honest, this book isn't all that different that YA books. I read somewhere that the difference between YA and Adult books is just who it is written for and, yeah, this book was written for adults, but it's not all that different from YA. My point is that if you're worried about the fact that Lauren Oli
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Aliza Katz
Apr 07, 2012 Aliza Katz marked it as to-read
When I saw this I think my heart stopped. I LOVE LAUREN OLIVER AND CANT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK.
Damaskcat
I thought I would enjoy this book but unfortunately it contains characters who are so dislikeable I didn't really care what happened to any of them. I liked the idea; a house where someone has just died and where his family have come back to clear out the house and hear how he has left his property in his will. There are ghosts as well as live people in the house and we hear from all of them about what happened to them in the past in each room and what is happening now.

So far so good - I like th
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Sydney
Jun 24, 2013 Sydney marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-releases
My first thought:


Because this is a big deal! I am always interested to see how a YA author can transition into the adult genre. Honestly, there are very few who can do it fluidly. But Lauren is a great author and I think she might actually do better as an adult fiction write than a YA author because she's amazing at creating relatable characters and adults tend to appreciate that art more.

Plus, I am REALLY happy Lauren has so many books in the works right now. Cannot wait to read them alllll
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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Rooms is an unexpected ghost story filled with secrets and mysteries in an old haunted house, and horrible, horrible people. As Lauren Oliver’s debut into adult fiction, it is a solid and unusual read but I’m just not sure if I enjoyed it.

The story is narrated by two ghosts and a family. You’ve got Alice and Sandra, the two ghosts who inhabit the house and only remember bits and pieces of their deaths. The terrible Richard Wa
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Steph
Nov 12, 2014 Steph rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Edit 11/12/14: I am over my guilt. I have now moved on to the acceptance stage. This is definitely a two star read.

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I feel a deep feeling of guilt giving a Lauren Oliver book a three star rating, which is perhaps why I ducked out of reading the rest of Panic and just haven't finished it "yet".

When starting this book I was very excited to read a work where she is able to discuss sex with more detail when not being constrained by the YA label of her other books. In this she delivered with the s
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Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
3.5 stars!

What It’s About In A Sentence: A family comes together to clean out the house of estranged patriarch and secrets and the past hurts come unearthed as the ghosts of the house, wrought with their own secrets, watch on.

I really liked this one! Lauren Oliver is such a great writer and I think her adult debut was very solid. It’s definitely different than her YA and I think those looking for exactly THAT could be disappointed as this is definitely more character driven and more of a slow pa
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Bandit
Anyone going strictly by the cover might be expecting ghosts and/or a haunted house story and be disappointed. That is probably the only way one can be disappointed by this amazing book. It does in fact have ghosts, takes place in a house and it is haunting, but in a way that's neither paranormal nor supernatural, but all too human. It's sad, profound and incredibly moving, the interconnected lives struggling to genuinely connect, to understand each other, to matter. Above all, it's a story abou ...more
Benni
Review: http://bennitheblog.com/bookbiters/ro...

Richard Walker, patriarch of the Walker clan, has passed away. For his funeral, his family returns: his estranged wife, Caroline, his reclusive son, Trenton, his sex-addict daughter, Minna, and Minna’s daughter, Amy. The ghosts of the house, Alice and Sandra, observe, and sometimes do more than just observe.

As each person (or ghost) tells their stories, we find out that no one’s narration may be particularly reliable.

After the debacle that was Pani
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Amanda Patterson
'Rooms' is about a house and everyone who lives in that house - the living, the barely living and the no-longer living.

Richard Walker dies and his ex-wife, Caroline and his children, Minna and Trenton, and Minna’s daughter, Amy arrive at his home in Coral River to settle his affairs. The ghosts, Alice and Sandra, ache in the crevices of the house, adjusting to the invasion, hiding old secrets and witnessing the beginnings of others.

Everybody in 'Rooms' is damaged. Caroline is a barely functioni
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Caitlin
"Aren't we all, in a way? Liars, I mean. Unable to help it"....."We don't even know we're lying. Not about ourselves, anyway. Everything we see, everything we remember-it's all just made up, isn't it?"

I love Lauren Oliver even more as an adult fiction writer, than a YA writer. She writes with such depth and feeling. The characters are so real and complex. I felt like I knew every character in this book, personally.

This is not a scary ghost story. This is a ghost story about several generations
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Tânia
There is something very odd going on with Lauren Oliver, first she’s in a Panic, and then locks herself up in Rooms, leaving me completely clueless, because I have no idea where that panic room is located. Maybe inside that safe space is the answer to why she would write Panic, which I didn’t care much, followed by Rooms, which I didn’t care at all. This is supposed to be her first adult novel, and, hey, I give her kudos for trying to be a diverse writer, but I think this is still a bit YA, mixe ...more
Sonja Arlow
2 1/2 stars

This is this author’s first venture into a more adult genre (she has published many YA titles) and I assume that the amount of references to sex, orgasm and masturbation was not featured so often in her other titles.

This was more a family saga than a ghost story and centers around the occupants of a specific house (living and dead) The ghosts get their own chapters and tell their own back stories (which really led nowhere most of the time but made for pleasant reading).

It also felt
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Abeer
Mar 18, 2015 Abeer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
3.5 stars!!!

Quite a peculiar read. I liked the characters and their voices. And how they were given a fair share of dialogues. It's a ghost story but not in a horror kind of way, but more of ghosts from the past that will hunt you in the present.

Also a fast and easy read!
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Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After colleg
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