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3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,132 Ratings  ·  419 Reviews
This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.

Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.

But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a s
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jan 06, 2013 hayden rated it liked it
Panic, Sharon Draper's latest novel, was much different than I expected going in. When I started Panic, I expected a creepy, chilling, Lisa McMann-type thriller, but what I got was instead a more subtly creepy thriller with happy subplot distractions. It was almost as if Draper was afraid of being too creepy.

Panic tells a story of a kidnapped girl -- or, at least, that's what it would like you to believe. The main story is of how this decision by Diamond, the girl who was manipulated and taken w
Jul 02, 2014 Jade rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: library, disliked
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Panic was a crazy read for me. I as a mother would completely freak out if my child was to be kidnapped. This story starts out like any other story and what is so shocking is that Diamond would be so trusting. I have taught my children not to talk to strangers but to also go with their own gut feeling and if something is off run and scream and don't stop until you find a police officer.

Diamond is so trusting that when the stranger comes and talks to her she agrees to go with him. Then she wakes
May 25, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I felt like this book tried to address too many issues in one short book. One the one hand, you have a girl abducted, on the other there is a girl being abused by her boyfriend. It seemed like they were only dealt with superficially. A longer book might have been better to really delve into the problems that teens face.

The rape scenes were handled very well. They were not graphic, but there was no doubt in your mind what had happened. It was a hard enough book to read without intense d
Jun 14, 2013 Juliette rated it did not like it
This book was honestly a pain to endure, there were quite a few times I considered quitting the read. The characters all talk in a mock ghetto fashion- honestly, is this how she thinks teenagers talk like?- and yet none of them have the personality to match. One of the characters had a father who went to jail.. We never quite learn why, two of the dance studio members become porn stars by force but was that really necessary? No, it wasn't. The character development SUCKED and I mean that! It was ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Jennifer added it
Shelves: dnf

I found this boring for a kidnapping book. Diamond makes the mistake of trusting the wrong man. He offers her the chance to audition for the part of her dreams so she lets her logic fly out the window. The parts from Diamonds POV were disturbing but luckily not too many details were given. But it was no Stolen, Held, or The Breakaway. There was like one sentence of Stockholm Syndrome thrown in randomly. Diamond mentions that she looks forward to her captor bringing her clothes and food every
Mar 10, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it
Let me preface this by saying I know the exact readership of this one. There are going to be reluctant readers taken in by the problems brought up in the novel and they will be satisfied with the swift pacing and the resolution.

That said, from the writing and plotting standpoint, this was a flop.

Diamond and her best friend go to the mall and while her best friend tries on a leotard at the dance store, Diamond finds herself engaging in a conversation with an older man who promises to get her a ro
I'm sorry but what the hell?! I picked this book up because I thought the plot was interesting but I regret ever reading this book.

The abduction of Diamond was supposed to be the central conflict in the story but somehow the depiction of her situation didn't seem that grave in this book. Perhaps it was the narration and the use of slang that made it so.

Also, I despised Layla. She was so naive to the point of being stupid. I can't even begin to express my disgust.

Anyway, I felt nothing but irri
Oct 06, 2014 Dakota rated it really liked it
I didn't put this book down for two days until I finished it. It was thrilling and pulled me in like no other book has before. As I was reading I kept grasping for more, so I kept reading and reading. When I was finished I wanted more of her books. I am now on the look out for more. This book got me hooked on the first page and I can't wait for more. The only problem with this book is that it's like she tried too hard to make the characters stereo- typical black teenagers.
Mar 03, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-slj
I didn't think much of this latest offering from the renowned author of Tears of a Tiger and Copper Sun. The characters and plot never rang true for me. Everything felt very artificial, very much a device, rather than any sort of organic story unfolding.

The two main teenage female characters share dance classes at Crystal Pointe Academy where they are friendly rivals for parts like Wendy in Peter Pan, working under benign dictator Miss Ginger. On the afternoon of the spring showcase, Diamond is
Simon & Schuster Ed/Library
Panic by Sharon M. Draper

I consider myself very lucky to have had the pleasure of working with the talented author Sharon M. Draper for more than 12 years. I love her books and I have had the opportunity many times over the years to accompany Sharon to events and award ceremonies and witness firsthand the power of her stories and the way they have deeply touched middle school and high school students, their teachers, and librarians. My personal favorites of hers include Copper Sun, Double Dutch
Neira Bouzgarrou
Nov 04, 2013 Neira Bouzgarrou rated it it was amazing
This book really made me cry when I was reading it .. It was so good that I finished reading it in a day . I find that the way it talks about different stories through the teenage characters in the story is really intreating . And it helped me a lot , as a teenager I never thought that I could get in so much trouble just for wanting so much my dreams to come true or for being myself or for loving someone who dose not respect me . Us teenagers we should be really careful who we trust, find someon ...more
Emily Togstad
Jan 20, 2015 Emily Togstad rated it really liked it
Emily Togstad
English 12
I read the book “Panic” written by Sharon M. Draper. I really enjoyed how the book kept me interested. The plot continued to change unexpectedly, and I could never guess what was going to happen next. I really liked how I got to know each character personally. Each character had a story that was told. It was a very good book.

Diamond is a teenage girl whose life changed dramatically at the mall one day. Diamond separated herself from her friend Mercedes while
Kaleigh Gibbons
Apr 08, 2016 Kaleigh Gibbons rated it it was ok
Smh. Dis bk trble. she b tryn 2 hard.

When I first read the text message near the beginning, I thought to myself, "Oh no. This is not good." Lo and behold, every other sentence was mentioning a COOL SONG ALL TEENS LISTEN 2!!!! or featured the characters conversing in the most bizarre slang/urban (?) speak...I literally do not know what to make of it. I teach 7th grade urban kids and have never heard them use the phrases in this book. My main issue with this books is, well, the sheer amount of is
May 20, 2015 Raelyn rated it liked it
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Mar 18, 2015 Sakara rated it it was amazing
I read “Panic” by Sharon M. Draper. I thought the book was pretty good for someone who does not like to read. It was such a suspense-building book. It kept me wanting to read on or look ahead to see what happened next. Things just kept happening unexpectedly. I liked how I got to know each character personally and their background also.

In this book there were a lot of plots. The main plot was about the main character from the book, Diamond, being kidnapped. Diamond and her best friend, Mercedes
Richie Partington
Dec 22, 2012 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: PANIC by Sharon M. Draper, Atheneum, April 2013, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-0896-8

From the statistics I've just retrieved, it appears that every day in America a dozen children on average are abducted by strangers. The most vulnerable segment consists of teenage girls.

PANIC is a story that begins quite upbeat, but then the ugliness of the world intrudes upon the young characters' happiness. Told from multiple points of view, this is a music-filled tale of an ensemble cast of teens
Oct 18, 2012 Latoya rated it really liked it
Diamond just made the worst decision of her life but she doesn't realize it at first until she wakes up in a dark room with her arms restrained. Disoriented, confused and scared, her attempts to call for help go unanswered. She discovers that no one knows where she is and the man that promised to make her a star has sinister plans and dirty deeds that no fifteen year old girl should ever experience. Will she make it home with her spirit intact or will her world be forever shattered by the horro ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Panic is a pretty intense book that shows the power of friendship, and the arts. It tackles quite a few tough issues, kidnapping, abusive relationships, and what happens when you take things a bit too far and then the consequences. It wasn't what I expected from the summary, but I ended up liking it anyways.
I appreciated the multiple points of view, showing how Diamond being missing effects her friends, as well as Layla being in the destructive relationship hurts more than just her. I liked t
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Panic is not one of those light and fluffy, enjoyable reads. It's a chilling, horrify, creepy read that tackles realistic issues. Well the realistic part of the book is what makes it so heart pounding. What I first thought to be a mix of something between a Lisa McMann / Holly Black / any other YA author who knows how to make my heart race kind of book, I quickly realized that wasn't quite the case. While I appreciate the author bringing to light the dangers of child predators, online predators, ...more
T.R. Raven
Apr 26, 2013 T.R. Raven rated it it was ok
This is my first work from this author, and I had high hopes for it, based on the description and the author's best seller status. I was sorely disappointed, I'm sorry to report.

I made it about 75 pages in before I called it a day. Why? While the story itself had great promise, I couldn't stand the characters. The author tried too hard to capture the teen vernacular. The OMGs and LOL stuff is far too prevalent, and it felt forced into the dialogue, instead of natural. It got so bad I found mysel
Jade Warwick
May 19, 2013 Jade Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulse-it-books
Diamond is a teenage ballet dancer with a lot of potential. And when a stranger in the mall named Thane sees that potential and tells her that he can make her a star, she believes him. She follows him to his car and unwittingly traps herself with him. Thane is a registered sex offender with a long list of victims and quite a few ideas on how he can make Diamond a “star.” The story follows Diamond through her ordeal, as well as three of her close friends, Mercedes, Layla, and Justin, as they grap ...more
Kristin Taggart
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“Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.

But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?

Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and
Hannah D
Aug 18, 2013 Hannah D rated it it was ok
Sharon M Draper

This book had so much potential to be a good read, but was unable to meet my expectations.

Though this novel is supposedly about Diamond, most of the novel does not concern her at all. Though her story is the most gripping, enthralling, and creepy part of this novel it seems as though Draper abandoned her most lovable character in the desert. I found myself more invested in the other characters' accounts than her own, even though Diamond herself is the main character.

Now I ca
Jun 01, 2013 Twizzie rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book. It looked good but it really wasn't. I was fooled by the butterfly. Even though I think Sharon could be an amazing author, this book just didn't work.

One, I never knew what they looked like. I never got a description for the main, main characters.

Second, the dialogue was awful. It felt forced and had text words more than regular. Plus, every five seconds, someone is saying, "You trippin'!" or "OMG." That made my head hurt. No teenager says that anymore.

Third, I
Carrie Ardoin
Oct 29, 2012 Carrie Ardoin rated it did not like it
I gave it my best attempt, I swear, I really did.

But I had to quit reading around page 95 when a character's name made me laugh out loud--and not in a good way. This book was not a satire, so when I came across the name Magnificent Significant Jones, I knew I couldn't take the book seriously any more.

I should have stopped after the first chapter. The part I read was full of slang and it made reading very awkward for me. Maybe I'm not the core demographic for the book...but just because a teenage
Sara Roc
Feb 27, 2016 Sara Roc rated it it was ok
1.5--The topic was serious, but the writing was horrible. Sharon tried to talk like teenagers nowadays I guess, but it failed... No one says "girl, you trippin'" every other sentence. Ugh it was so annoying. The only good part was with Layla and her dad.. It was only about 2 pages... If you want a good and well written book by Sharon M. Draper, read Out of my Mind.
Jun 13, 2016 Madhumita rated it did not like it
This book is so messed up; I couldn't finish reading it. The main character is an idiot for trusting some random stranger she meets in the mall and her friends just go on with their life while occasionally crying about how she's gone and how it might have been their fault. Horrible book; don't recommend it.
Nov 20, 2015 Kiasia added it
she is a fantastic author this story has many twist and turns making you want to keep reading and reading. talk about a fast paced page turner.
Sharon draper is a wonderful author and I love her stories !!!!!!!!!!!
Claire Connelly
Nov 15, 2015 Claire Connelly rated it liked it
Sharon M. Draper

Diamond, a dancer, mistakenly gets in the car with a stranger, not knowing that he intends to harm her. Her friends, Justin, Mercedes, and Layla express their worry, anger, and stress about the situation from their point of view throughout the novel. As other friend drama unfolds, they put that aside, in hopes of focusing entirely on finding their beloved friend Diamond. This novel teaches us about trust, bravery, and when things don't work out, you can look to your friends
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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