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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  3,097 ratings  ·  558 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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David Rough The book seems to be silent on the setting because this story could happen anywhere. The author is from Cincinnati, Ohio and Skyline Chili (mentioned …moreThe book seems to be silent on the setting because this story could happen anywhere. The author is from Cincinnati, Ohio and Skyline Chili (mentioned just in passing in the book) is headquartered in Cincinnati as well. Hope this helps.

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Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: library, disliked
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Jan 01, 2013 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
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
Dec 30, 2012 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
Sep 22, 2014 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. ...more
Nia Forrester
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
More comprehensive review to come.

It took me a while to complete this book because it included some very difficult subject matter. But, as always, it was well-written, observant of young people and their language, thought-processes and culture.
Jun 14, 2013 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
Mar 08, 2013 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
kaylee white the trash bag
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 ...more
Aug 14, 2012 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
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
Mar 08, 2017 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.
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
Mar 03, 2013 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
Neira Bouzgarrou
Oct 28, 2013 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
Feb 27, 2017 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.
Sariya Williams
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Panic by Sharon M. Draper is by far one of my favorite books. Throughout the book, I am amazed by how the author is feeling what the characters are feeling like emotional traumas. This book not only seems connected to the author, but it seems to have emotional ties to me too and to read a book like this makes me want to keep on reading.

This book is about a few teenagers named Diamond, Justin, Mercedes, Layla, and Donovan. Diamond is out with Mercedes, her best friend, at t
Mikyla Reeck
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I really loved reading this book. It caught my attention how fast and easy things could happen to anyone. When I first started reading this book, I did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did. I think the author did a great job illustrating this book.

Plot: In Panic , Diamond Landers was a sixteen year old teenager. She lived with her mom, dad and little sister Shasta. Diamond had been a dancer since she was little. It was something she really enjoyed doing, along with her
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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I really enjoyed Panic by Sharon Draper. This book was very eye-opening for me. The story this book told could happen to anyone. I think this book would help to be a good prevention for girls and boys. I also like that the stress through the book is merely resolved by dancing. The main character, Diamond, learned to channel her inner dance to help her free from her problems.

This storyline started out as any other: happy. The main character, Diamond Landers who is fiftee
Tory Wagner
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This YA book will appeal to young girls with its message about friendship, loyalty, and the dangers of sexual exploitation. Some of the content may be too adult for middle school girls, but most high schoolers will relate to many of the themes.
Abby Garnett
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick and easy read! Kind of cheesy, but what young adult novel isn’t? The author is from my hometown so I appreciated the little subtle mentions of Cincinnati :) I almost wish this book would have been longer. The book was climatic from start to finish!
Richie Partington
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Jade Warwick
May 14, 2013 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
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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.

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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“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 now
Feb 24, 2015 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
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
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Emily Togstad
Jan 15, 2015 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
Destiny K.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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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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