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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
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Madhumita Going by the summary Diamond would be the protagonist because the book is about her getting kidnapped and how she escaped. But after reading it you…moreGoing by the summary Diamond would be the protagonist because the book is about her getting kidnapped and how she escaped. But after reading it you see that there's an equal part of the story for all the characters so you could honestly choose any one of them as the protagonist and it will still work. (less)

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Jade
Jun 30, 2013 Jade rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: library, disliked
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hayden
Jan 01, 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
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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
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Jo
Dec 30, 2012 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
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Juliette
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
Dakota
Sep 22, 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.
Kelly
Mar 08, 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
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Jennifer
Aug 14, 2012 Jennifer added it
Shelves: dnf
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
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Abbie
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
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The Potato Who Became A French Fry (Pepe De French Fry) (Kaylee White)
THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ AND I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE WHO HAS AMAZING TASTE IS BOOKS! I loved the thrill and everything! 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000/10 rating
Suzanne
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
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-Firmiana-
Mar 08, 2017 -Firmiana- rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5/5 Amazing book!! Intense. Diamond goes through so much, and her friends care so much that everything becomes one chaotic mess. How has no one ever turned Thane in? This book is real. We all want to meet famous celebrities, even if it means going with a stranger and risking our lives...

That one sentence, "Think of how jealous your friends will be when they see you with celebs."

So true... we'll risk anything.
omelette
Feb 27, 2017 omelette rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. There were many things that I loved about this book. It was telling stories from different characters points of views. There are so many things that you can learn from this book one important lesson is to not talk with strangers because throughout this book there is a big reason why.
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
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Neira Bouzgarrou
Oct 28, 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
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
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Jade Warwick
May 14, 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
Genna
Jan 16, 2017 Genna rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
I gave this book at 4 out of 5. This book was really good and I enjoyed it. It really kept my attention with all the different things happening in each of the characters lives. The only thing I did not like in this book was the beginning. It was hard to figure out who was who at first, because there were a lot of different characters to keep track of.

Plot:
Diamond and Mercedes needed new tights right before their dance show, so they had to stop at the mall. When they got separat
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Kristin Taggart
I don't use star ratings, so please read my review!

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“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
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Sakara
Feb 24, 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
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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
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
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Destiny K.
Sep 19, 2016 Destiny K. rated it liked it
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Emily Togstad
Jan 15, 2015 Emily Togstad rated it really liked it
Emily Togstad
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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
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Colin
Nov 10, 2016 Colin rated it liked it
BOOK REVIEW #3 Escape is all that you can think about, But there is no way out of this situation. You try screaming for help, but who is going to hear you? Nobody. Suddenly you get an amazing thought, but you know it will not work...or will it? This was all that 15 year-old Diamond could think about.
Panic is a 261 page book full of twist, mysteries, and action. I loved reading this book. The vocabulary of the author, Sharon M. Draper was outstanding. She used many words that intrigued me in so
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Raelyn
May 11, 2015 Raelyn rated it liked it
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Latoya
Oct 12, 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
Hannah D
Aug 18, 2013 Hannah D rated it it was ok
Panic:
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
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Juhi Patel
Jan 28, 2017 Juhi Patel rated it really liked it
I would say this book didn't fully meet my expectations. When I first picked up the book, I thought it would have more drama about Diamond's kidnapping, but they kept it PG and left all the details out. I know Draper is a family friendly writer, but why write a book that has so much potential to be full of drama and suspense with juicy details if she just keeps it kid friendly? Also, throughout the book, the other characters in the story had their own POV, but Draper chose to write about their o ...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
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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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