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Banished (Banished #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  2,704 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, a ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 31, 2011 Vinaya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!

This was me about one minute after finishing Banished, Stunned Pictures, Images and Photos

After another minute or so, I was at this stage: Hair pulling Pictures, Images and Photos

Now I'm here... Photobucket

I've only been on Goodreads for a little more than a month now. But in that time, I've had some truly amazing books recommended to me. I've read and fallen in love with The Queen's Thief series, Fever series, and The Hunger Games, amongst others. And I owe all of this literary munificence to my Goodreads friends. Now I've found a way to pay them back, and it
Wendy Darling
Meh. Banished held my interest for the first half, but somehow I just didn't connect with this one. The best paranormal books offer unique worldbuilding of their supernatural side and combine that with strong, compelling characters and relationships for their urban side. Unfortunately, neither one is particularly well-done or unusual in this book. I don't mind books that have a less complex mythology, but what's here seemed underdeveloped and not terribly original . Hailey's powers are handy, bu ...more
2.5 out of 5

first of all - &%#@/&%ç!!! another trilogy/series/whatever!!!!!!! the second one is scheduled for next summer/fall, unforsaken is supposed to be titled ¬¬ it's very annoying to realize you're been reading the first in a serie when you finished it... that explains why 40 pages to the ending i wasn't able to figure out the book's meaning/plot/point... it didn't have one... not yet!! this book is quite introductory fO.o

second - what a gorgeous cover!!!!

and last - i imagine the a
Apr 19, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
The ending was (intentionally) quite abrupt, but I read the whole thing in one sitting. Loved the gypsy feel to it, the strong main character, and Chub!

Note: I wouldn't call this one a romance.
Feb 16, 2011 Vasya rated it did not like it
Recommended to Vasya by: Vinaya
Shelves: young-adult
I really didn't feel this book.

As far as the writing goes it was good, and the story does have some potential, but I just couldn't connect to Hailey. Or to any other character for that matter. Prairie (and I have to be mean here, but Prairie and Clover are so not the names of the characters I want to read about) didn't feel to me as a savior, nor did Gram feel like the great villain she is supposed to be. Not to mention the unreality of Chub becoming a normal kid overnight.

I think that I didn't
Amy Jacobs
Dec 20, 2010 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Banished, to me, left me scratching my head at the end. I was confused and I felt my reading appetite had been unsatisfied. While I like the idea of The Banished, I still haven't quite got the understanding of the history. I had to reread a bunch of parts in this book because it tended to go off onto another subject before explaining the first thing that was introduced.

The author has a wonderful idea for the book. I loved the characters in the story, but I couldn't get invested in them as much a
Mar 09, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
Rant: I hate when wonderful books are hidden from adults by the YA (Young Adult) category. Yes, it has a teen protagonist, but that doesn't make it just for teens. Young Adult or Teen should be subjects or tags, not overall dividing-line categories. I read many YA novels. As a librarian, I can probably find out about these easier than most. Library reviews and such. You may need to search for them. It's the same for young adults, you should be able to read "adult" novels. Your school library may ...more
May 08, 2010 Bex rated it liked it
Recommended to Bex by: Kartel
Shelves: own
I hate when I start to read a book and I like it, but then about 40% - 50% of the way in it starts to
The story is nothing new, but the characters are likeable. Hailey is sweet and from her horrible living situation you would expect her to be hard
but she isn’t, she takes care of her 'little brother' Chub who I quickly found out was my favourite character in the book. Her grandma is a whole different story though, mean,
surly, and a drug dealer she is not the ideal role model and I got kin
May 07, 2011 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Darkest Powers Trilogy and general paranormal YA
Banished is the story of Hailey, a poor girl in a rundown town that's going nowhere fast. Hailey lives with her tyrannical grandmother, a woman who not only deals drugs in her house, but is slowing suggesting expanding her market to the prostitution of Hailey herself. Hailey's only comforts in this world are her adopted mentally challenged brother Chub, her dog, and the knowledge that when she turns of age she will be finally able to run as far as she can. The paranormal fun-times show up, howev ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Swati rated it really liked it
Like traversing a road bend: Surprising twists hurled out of the blue!!!

There are few books in this genre that are not cliche or predictable, and in Banished I think we have found that book.From the very first page, you are hooked. The reader can relate to the confusion and helplessness that our protagonist,Hailey feels as she tries to discover who she is or rather what she is. She is on her own with no cuddling parents or supportive friends except for a Grandmother, the kind without whom one

Jan 16, 2010 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it it was ok
BANISHED centers around Hailey Tarbell, a small-town girl from the wrong side of the tracks who discovers she's heir to an ancient legacy and all the power that it brings. Though she has an amazing gift, Hailey's life is anything but. She lives with her cruel grandmother--a woman who sells drugs to make ends meet and neglects Chub, a cast-off child in dire need of serious developmental therapy. When a stranger comes along and offers Hailey a way out, Hailey's life changes in ways that she never ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never heard of this book before starting it. I went into the book blind, so I didn't know what to expect. What I got was something I have never read before. Of course I have read lots of books that involved witches and their magic, but I have never read anything about the magic of healing. All you hear about is witched and their magic and history, but not the other side of magic where some can heal. The only time I have was in the show Charmed. But I have never read anything like this and ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, paranormal, no-ending
Note to readers: This is the first book in a series, so there is no resolution at the end of the novel. If this doesn't bother you, then go ahead and enjoy the first part of the story.

As for me, I HATE reading books that have no ending. Waiting for the next book in a series to come out is a huge pet peeve of mine. I am all for books in a series being related, but I really can't stand it when I book just ends without tying up any of the plot twists or resolving anything. Those are the series tha
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jan 04, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book other than I love it. The plot was very intriguing and held me from page to page. Hailey is not your average kid. She is always being picked on and teased by the other kids. She has been told lies about her past and know nothing. One day after saying a student from death does she start to question things. She begins to get closer to the answer when her long lost aunt comes looking for her. There are other people, dangerous people looking for her too.

Let me tell you
Cindy (eclecticfirefly)
The story takes place in a small town. Hailey is a Sophomore in High School. Not only is she from the wrong side of town, but she is considered the lowest of the low. She has no friends and is quite shy. She lives with her Grandmother and a 4 year old foster child named Chub.

Hailey is the caretaker of the family. She cooks and cleans, does her homework, cares for Chub and Rascal, the family dog. Her dream is to get out of town and take Chub with her.

But, then something strange happens...... A gi
Mar 07, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
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I was introduced to Sophie Littlefield by reading her Adult novel AFTERTIME. I absolutely loved it and decided to give her YA a try. The writing was great, I loved the family mythology, and I enjoyed the characters. The narrator Hailey was like-able and had a great head on her shoulders. BUT I had a hard time getting into the story. It seemed to have a hard time getting going and once it did I found myself a bit confused at times about what was
Sep 07, 2012 Jcel rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Although I really wouldn’t categorize this under dystopian as it is more on the Thriller side, in my opinion. The paranormal aspect in this book is lacking. The place, characters and supernatural powers doesn’t really hold up to the dystopia category. But I loved it nonetheless. I enjoy a book that wrecks my imagination, in a good way. This book is seriously a rollercoaster ride. In the beginning it felt like witchcraft then suddenly it was Bourne Ide ...more
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
I was a little worried as I started this book as it is quite slow to get going in my opinion despite the fact that this is a very short book but I did end up enjoying it.

I really like the characters, particularly Hailie and her Aunt Prairie.

As I mentioned, this book is very short. I really felt as though the story could have been better fleshed out as the story felt a little incomplete to me.

I will say that this book has no romance in it which I was pleasantly surprised about from a young adult
Feb 01, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
This really had an exciting finish. Bonus points. But, I didn't know this book was going to be about Zombies. It is hard for me to read zombie books because of what they are - lifeless creatures. I never can get invested. Overall, the book was well written and the story clicks right along. I really enjoyed reading about Hailey caring for her adopted younger brother. The suspense was great, and the action really picked up in Chicago. I was extremely happy for Hailey having found some family and f ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Nina rated it liked it
Girl, 15, learns she has supernatural abilities and goes on the run with her aunt and foster brother. It feels like the author dumbs down the writing a bit, and it took a while for the plot to kick in.

I can't tell if my favorite part is the zombie dog, the lack of an instaromance/love triangle with the mysterious new hot boy who just moved in (there is no new hot boy! What!?), the fact that there are no mean girl/queen bee characters, or the crazy drug-dealer grandmother. It might actually be t
Rachael Herron
Oct 14, 2010 Rachael Herron rated it it was amazing
I loved this -- gripping and emotional, I was rooting for the heroine from the first breath we watch her take. The surprises had me literally gasping on the plane I read it on (in one fell swoop -- couldn't put it down, finished it over Illinois), and I think I startled the man I was sitting next to. Fabulous. Highly recommended.
Non aspettatevi del romance da Banished (infatti il titolo italiano "Il bacio dei dannati" non c'azzecca per niente), ma è un bel libro, originale, ben scritto ed è impossibile non affezionarsi ai protagonisti soprattutto ad Hailey che ci racconta le vicende in prima persona.
Lo stile della Littlefield mi ha ricordato molto quello della Armstrong e della Cole.
Bello, aspetto il seguito!
Emory Russo
Nov 05, 2011 Emory Russo rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
This reads like something I would have written in the fourth grade. The only real difference is that this one got published. When I was nine I usually gave up on my stories after twenty pages, especially if they were as bad as this one.
Kenya Moore
Jul 26, 2014 Kenya Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I couldn't put this book down, it was really good. a must read! Ready for the second one! This author is brilliant(:
May 15, 2011 Muana rated it did not like it
For a YA genre, this is okay. But I guess, cliche's are unavoidable for every YA book. It was page turning at first then gradually turned to be boring.
Sophie Jordan
Oct 06, 2010 Sophie Jordan rated it it was amazing
CANNOT wait for this book!!! Heard so many good things about it! And the premise is to die for!
Sepideh Sahebsara
Feb 24, 2014 Sepideh Sahebsara rated it it was amazing
Mar 15, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it
This was a waste of my time!! It started out good and I thought I'd stay with it to see if it continued being as good but it got boring!! Hope she doesn't write anymore like this!!
Apr 22, 2012 Booknut rated it really liked it
Brilliant - I thoroughly enjoyed this one and looking forward to reading the book to come!
May 05, 2012 Sahilah rated it did not like it
didnt finish the book..
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“A lot of people were wounded in our kitchen and in the week of a car less than a mile away. And the life I had before- the one I had hated so much- was in the past.” 4 likes
“Now he [Rattler] was staring at Prairie with an intensity you could light fires with. And she stared back. There was something between them, all right, something cracking with tension and danger, something almost ... alive.” 3 likes
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