Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Vanishing Girls

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publishing Date: March 10, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

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.

Vanishing Girls is mainly told through the point of views between Dara and Nick. The story is also composed of pictures, diary entries, emails, and website posts. I really enjoyed all the different ways this story was told and I think that it gives the reader a more well-rounded experience.

The first half of this book wasn’t slow, but it wasn’t very fast paced either and I was ok with that. I didn’t mind that the first half of the book was evenly paced because the story was still interesting and I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time. The events begin to pick up about half way through the book and I just couldn’t put the story down. The plot twist in the ending just blew my mind away. I actually had to go back and read the same sentence again because I was completed stunned.

At the end of the book, the reader gets a thorough and a mind-shatter explanation for all the events leading up to the very moment where everything “clicks.” I seriously enjoyed this book. I honestly have never read anything by this author before and now I don’t know what’s wrong with me! This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys a great thriller/mystery with a hint of romance!

5 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

You can find her on Goodreads or her website.

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