One of my monthly goals was to start reading more. I went to the library and after standing there for the longest time I finally picked one. I felt so proud of myself for doing a step forward to achieving the goal. The thing is that I used to read a lot. I’d spend the whole afternoon, day by day reading. Because of the school work and things like that I forgot about my hobby for a while. I missed it in a way and I decided to start again. Not necessarily wanting to read 37057 books by the end of the year but one every now and then.
I picked up “Vanishing girls” from Lauren Oliver. It’s a psychological thriller about siblings. The story is about two unbelievably connected sisters (Nick & Dara) who look almost the same but are completely different. Dara is the prettier and more popular one, the trouble maker and the one who parties a lot. On the other hand Nick is a good girl, always looking after her slightly younger sister. They get in a car accident and everything changes afterwards. Their relationship gets weaker and there are also some love problems with a handsome neighbour Parker. In the meantime a nine-year-old Madeline Snow vanishes and the whole town is dealing with the missing girl. When on her birthday, Dara vanishes too, Nick, after realizing it’s not just one of her sister’s games, gets convinced that the two disappearances are somehow connected.
That’s all I’m going to share because I don’t want to spoil the book too much in case anybody intends to read it.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about the book. It was not bad but it’s not one of my favourites either. I have to say I had a hard time putting it down. I just don’t know whether that was because of my excitement for reading again or the twists and plots in the story. It was definitely interesting to read. It got me even confused at times. There were some parts where I predicted the ending, following up with something completely different, but ended up as I predicted. The ending did surprise me even tho I predicted a tiny part of it at the very beginning of the book. I’d give the book 2.5 stars out of 5. Remember that’s just my opinion and don’t hesitate to read it if it grabbed your attention. As I said it wasn’t bad and I couldn’t wait to read it on.
Maybe it was the fact that everything sounded so cliché that disturbed me. I’m tired of the same old “teenage love” and “being a teenager is all about drinking & being popular in high school” types of stories at the moment. Also the book isn’t exactly like the description that back of the book gives. It definitely includes all of it but there’s a bigger picture you only see at the end.
I like the writing style of the author. There are some parts of the book I really like. Some thoughts are written down so well.
I also like the idea of including “diary entries” of the characters.
I don’t regret reading the book and I look forward to reading more of them from Lauren Oliver. Have you ever heard of the author or read the book yourself ? Share your thoughts in the comment section !
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