Book: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Date Published: March 10th, 2015
Date Started: March 30th, 2015
Date Finished: April 2nd, 2015
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
Oh Lauren Oliver, you’ve won my heart over. This book. Words are hard to come by, but I’m gonna try my hardest.
So when I read Panic, I wasn’t the biggest fan. It was a shame because I really liked the Delirium series. I still haven’t read her other recent book, Rooms. When I heard about Vanishing Girls, I was hooked put a little hesitant because of my feelings of Panic. But Vanishing Girls blew them out of the water. In fact, Vanishing Girls might be my favorite Lauren Oliver book yet.
Nick and Dara’s relationship is really interesting. The book is told in alternating perspectives and does a lot of glimpses back into the past when they used to be super close. One of the mysteries of this book is finding out what happened to them when they got into a car accident and they became estranged. A lot of the times I thought they were both being stubborn or kept putting things off so they wouldn’t have to deal with each other. I can’t say which sister I liked better because sometimes I would hate both of their actions. I was also unsure about the love plot. There were times that I felt that it was unnecessary and the story could have done without it. But in the end it made sense.
There is also a mystery of what happened to this little girl. I was unsure what this had anything to do with Nick and Dara, but it all made sense in the end. Everything exploded into this great moment where my jaw dropped and I was like WHAT THE HELL! I don’t want to give too much away, but this ending blew me away. I was a bit unsure about the rest of the book, but that ending was everything.
There were also some interesting things added to the book which I really liked. There were photos of the places that Nick visited or photos of Dara and her best friend. I liked these photos because they really added to the story and helped build my imagination for the story.
I really loved this book and recommend it. The ending is worth everything even if you feel a bit unsure about the story while reading it. Don’t read reviews that may potentially spoil the ending. Its one of those endings where you need to discover it for yourself to really feel the suspense.