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Panic by Lauren Oliver
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it was ok
bookshelves: teen-romance, contemporary, not-what-i-expected, meeeeeeh-books, did-not-connect-with-characters, disappointed
Recommended for: Fans of contemporary books with drama and a bit of action.


**This is not a dystopian.**

*2 stars*

This one was very disappointing, because I had high expectations and I feel like the synopsis misled me.

I picked this book thinking ''A competition? I love competitions! You’re mine baby.'' The synopsis left me (almost) drooling. I wanted to read this newly published book by the acclaimed author Lauren Oliver badly. I was sure I was going to have a blast reading it.

I was kind of wrong.

It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t very good either. I really have mixed feelings about it. Why I love competitions is because I enjoy feeling the excitement, getting to know the competitors and picking my own champion. But in Panic, we didn’t really get to know the other competitors around the main characters except by their name (which, by the way, I couldn’t help but forget.)

This is really a contemporary.

There is so much drama.
Heather has problems with her mom and is heart-broken. And is so whiny.
Dodge has revenge issues!
Nat is a manipulator.
And so it goes on and on.

Maybe if I started this book thinking I’ll read a contemporary story with some real life matters and drama, I would’ve enjoyed it more. But I didn’t because I wanted more ACTION!

The challenges were very uncommon and I thought some were well thought of. Except, there weren’t many and one that I really wanted to witness (the one with spiders), was ''cancelled.'' Urgh.

The writing was actually pretty nice but, again, disappointing because it’s not as good as the writing in Delirium. It reminded me a bit of Michael Grant’s writing in the Gone series.

The characters weren’t bad either but very common and there wasn’t much developpement there, except a bit for Heather.


Do I recommend this book? Huuumm, if you have nothing else to read, then yes. But if you have the choice between Panic and another book like, for example,To All the Boys I've Loved Before(in the contemporary genre), pick the latter.

Happy reading! Or not...

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Reading Progress

May 3, 2014 – Started Reading
May 3, 2014 – Shelved
May 4, 2014 –
page 103
25.25% "Ok, this is not what I expected at all. Plus, it's slow-paced. :("
May 4, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Lola Thanks, I hope it'll be good. I kind of have high expectations for this one. Yeah, I feel you! ;)

Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Just keep checking to make sure he's doing his essay and not looking at porn.

Lola Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams) wrote: "Just keep checking to make sure he's doing his essay and not looking at porn."

Right? Last time I checked, he was on Facebook. :/ He takes his tiiiiime!

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Emma Depping Is there enough action to even make it library checkout worthy?

message 5: by Lola (last edited May 05, 2014 09:57AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Lola Emma wrote: "Is there enough action to even make it library checkout worthy?"

Action, yeah a bit. There is some, but it's principally drama and real life matters. It's really a contemporary. I'll write my review in a couple of hours. =)
It's not a ''bad'' book though.

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Lola Kat Stark wrote: "SAME FEELS NOD."

Yeah it really was a disappointment...
Glad we feel the same way! ;)

Lola Me too!! I mean, it's understandable people thought it was, so they shelved it dystopian, but it's important to know it's not to enjoy this book. Are you going to read it? Awnn thanks, you're nice, beautiful Harriet! (Haha, I have now two new nicknames ^^.)

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♥Rachel♥ I can't stand a whiny main character so I doubt I'll ever pick this up. Sorry this was a disappointment, Lola. Great honest review. :)

Lola Right?! That's why I stopped reading the UF series Queen Betsy! Thank you but well, I guess, in a way, I knew it wasn't going to be spectacular either because of the low ratings. Thank you very much, Rachel! :Dx

Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion) I loved this book, but I can totally see why people didn't, especially if you went in expecting an action-packed dystopian. It's so not that. It's a character and relationship study, with the small town sort of acting like one of the characters. This was much closer to her first book, Before I Fall (which I also loved), where it's really just all about the people, and much less about a screwed up society.

Lola Yeah, exactly! But, it seemed like a dystopian and was shelved as it. Someone was fooled (me!!!) Haven't read Before I Fall but will check it up!

Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion) Before I Fall, while I adored, is definitely not for everyone. It's very much just a straight up contemporary. No real action or anything. It's about a (bitchy) girl who gets stuck in a Groundhog's Day kind of trap after she dies (this is in the blurb, no spoilers), and it's about her learning more about who she was and trying (perhaps futilely) to become someone she would rather be.

Lola Oooh, ok. And I think she has like multiple chances or something? There was a time when all of my friends read this book, but I was still stuck into the Harry Potter series. Haven't even finished the final book because...I don't want the series to end. LOL, I know.

Jenn (One of Many, We are Legion) Lola wrote: "Oooh, ok. And I think she has like multiple chances or something? There was a time when all of my friends read this book, but I was still stuck into the Harry Potter series. Haven't even finished t..."

Can't blame you there. I think I've read the entire series like 4 or 5 times now. I lost count. There's nothing quite like the first time, though....sigh.

And yea, she gets second chances, in a manner of speaking. The day repeats over and over. like she's stuck in a loop. So, her decision is to either make the same choices over and over, or choose to be different, perhaps even better, each day.

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