Panic is the caffeinated version of the old childhood game, "I Double Dare You." The story is told from the perspective of 'reflecting' back on past ePanic is the caffeinated version of the old childhood game, "I Double Dare You." The story is told from the perspective of 'reflecting' back on past events. In this book, willing teen participants agree to challenges in hopes of winning a cash pot. In the small town of Carp, Panic is the yearly event that amuses the bored graduating class and their followers. Place your bets, and pick a favorite! Lauren Oliver does an adequate job with the plot, but doesn't hit the middle of the target to make this one a winner. There are too many places that tension, suspense and creative structure could have been achieved, but were scuffed over and the climax suffered as a result.
The story is fairly predictable, nothing really unexpected happens -- yep, you won't get that awesome, "PLOT TWIST!" surprise. Some of the details and insight into supporting character lives will leave you wondering by the end why it was included in the first place. Sure, developing characters are supposed to create relatability and conjure sympathy, but if it leads to the question "So What?', then the reader is left wondering why they invested in them at all. Unfortunately, certain parts of the story were over developed and other (more important events) were under developed.
Panic is a good read, but I wanted more depth. It just didn't deliver, and instead was a bit too shallow and predictable to be a 2014 YA favorite. ...more
Fans of Dexter (which I am one) will likely be irritated than overjoyed with this book. It's a total plot rip off with a few changes and not for the bFans of Dexter (which I am one) will likely be irritated than overjoyed with this book. It's a total plot rip off with a few changes and not for the better. Too convenient and basic to be really intriguing or believable. The ending had me rolling my eyes and if I had to sum it up with one word, it'd be "Really?" I'd recommend to non-Dexter fans who are younger and want a Disneyland-rated serial teen killer tingle rather than a dark psychological thriller.
My biggest issue was with the blatant plot formula steal and tired stereotype traits of a psychopath. The book tries to stray from that by stating on the back cover that Lane comes from a loving home with no drama or trauma, but it's misleading, and not in a good way. Her mother and step father are FBI agents, after all, so that allows for careless and convenient access to information. Sure, she hates her sister, but isn't that 'normal' too? Oh, did I mention she has a friend who is a computer hacker? Yep, that sure helps. Too neat, too tidy and way too ridiculous.
Just not good on so many levels. I'd recommend passing on this one if you are a fan of psychological thrillers and serial killer mysteries. Too basic for a seasoned reading veteran. ...more
This was just 'meh' for me. It is a quick, plot driven read with high school characters that are geared toward the younger end of the YA scale. I woulThis was just 'meh' for me. It is a quick, plot driven read with high school characters that are geared toward the younger end of the YA scale. I would categorize it as a 'teen' read. In order to avoid too much explanation or creativity, many things in the plot take an expected path for the sake of convenience and quick explanation. It's all too neat and the timing is too perfect to really give it the punch it needs to hold tension and intrigue. The character development is a little strange, especially the BFF, an amazon muse slapped with an aggressive stereotypical Italian personality. From meatballs to the over use of "confessional" catholic rantings, I got a bit bored and found myself doing the 'eye roll'.
This one just wasn't for me and although, I read it quickly, it left little lasting impression besides another plot-driven disappointment that takes the easy way out by grabbing at stereotypes and inserting some paranormal (and not knowledgable) elements to sell because those are "hot" "popular" items in the book market at the moment. ...more
I love this take on a fairy tale. Helen Oyeyemi knows how to craft a story into literature that can span time. Although this story is based on Snow WhI love this take on a fairy tale. Helen Oyeyemi knows how to craft a story into literature that can span time. Although this story is based on Snow White, it's done in such a way that sets it in another time and adds a completely different concept and dynamic. The bones of the story are recognizable, but it's written in such a manner that the old tale is subtle and fresh. Boy, Snow, Bird, is a thought provoking piece of lit. that is classroom worthy, and perfect for a book club or group discussion. It's thematically rich without being overdone. It's a gem of genius and can be viewed as a serious work, or simply a good read....more