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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  6,758 ratings  ·  1,174 reviews
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

One of the scariest things to think of- is that someone is always watching you. Watching you in your most personal moments. Ghosts. Ghosts in your house. Ghosts invading your privacy. Your private moments as entertainment for the living is bad enough...but how about for the dead? That IS scary!!! It makes you want to know who lived there before you? Who can be peeking behind the curtain?? It's not always the living... The dead are right there too- watching....and judging...and waiting....waiting
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
Aug 14, 2012 Elena marked it as to-read
A new book from Lauren Oliver???
This is my reaction:


Ohhhh, Lauren LET ME LOVE YOU! *w*
You make me cry everytime!
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,
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
Kat (Lost in Neverland)


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
Whitney Atkinson
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Taschima Cullen
Mar 24, 2013 Taschima Cullen marked it as to-read

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.


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
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
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.
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
I had never heard of this book or author, but a member of one of my book clubs chose this as the monthly read. I love expanding my reading horizons in this way; it's like being given a present. This is a very unusual ghost story told from several viewpoints of both the living and dead. It's a quick, easy read and being a ghost sounds a great deal like being alive in this story. I had to chuckle a bit to myself that even ghosts irritate one another here just like your friends and family do when y ...more
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
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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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
okay...this was a mess!

Apparently this is Lauren Oliver's only ADULT novel and it had way more immature dialogue than her YA books. I really liked Oliver's "Delirium trilogy" and I thought "Liesl & Po" was really cute! "Rooms" had so many things wrong with it. The characters were uninteresting except for Alice, (she's the reason for the 2 stars instead of 1). So yeah I just didn't enjoy this...
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.
Ivonne Rovira
May 14, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Allie Chickie
Sandra Wilkinson, born in the 1950s, and Alice Luddell, born at the turn of the 20th century — both long dead — occupy an old manor in Upstate New York. Once ghosts, they’ve so seeped into the house — or, conversely, the house has so percolated into them — that they have now transcended into something more.

Patriarch Richard Walker, always overly exacting and promiscuous, has died in the house in Coral River, N.Y., leading his entire family — his dipsomaniacal ex-wife Caroline, his snobby, near-n
If you came here expecting a horror story, you will be disappointed. Even though there are ghosts involved in this story, the main focus is not the horror. Except, it's that these ghosts are holding secrets. Secrets about the past. Secrets about what happened. Secrets about the house.

"Memory is as thick as mud. It rises up, it overwhelms. It sucks you down and freezes you where you stand. Thrash and kick and gnash your teeth. There's no escaping it."

Rooms reminded me a lot of The Casual Vacanc
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
Jun 24, 2013 Sydney marked it as to-read
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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
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
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
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.


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
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
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
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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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