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Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Mar 23, 2011

really liked it
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Read from February 25 to March 23, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I liked this book, but I didn't love it (no pun intended- ha,ha). The idea of love being a disease that has to eradicated is original and has a tremendous amount of potential. That said, I think Lauren Oliver could have done so much more with this story. With all of the references to Romeo an Juliet (A Cautionary Tale) throughout the book, I didn't expect the ending to be what it was, but I wasn't entirely displeased. I really wanted it to be a Romeo and Juliet-esque double death at the end; both dying for love. I didn't like that she escaped and he died. What's the point in that? At least it wasn't a "happy" ending... I am glad that I took the time to read it, but I'm also glad that I didn't buy it. My recommendation is that if you are a fan of YA Dystopian Romances, it is a must-read, if you like darker less romantic dystopias, skip it. If you are not of fan of dystopian novels at all, do not even pick it up... If you do choose to read it, don't waste the (almost) $30 to buy the hardcover version. Wait for paperback or get it on an e-reader for $10- or better yet, get in the queue at the library...
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