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Panic by Lauren Oliver

Posted by Caitie F on March 4, 2014

Title: PanicPanic_HC_JKT_des4.indd
Author: Lauren Oliver
Hardcover: 416 pages
Pub Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most


When I read the description, I thought that this book looked like it would be okay. People doing crazy and dangerous things isn’t really my speed. Well, I was just wrong.

This book surprised me. I have read a couple books lately that really look at a more diverse range of income. Young adult characters tend to be middle or upper class, while many readers are not in either group. It bring a fresh and much needed voice to the young adult market and that is what took this book from good to great.

Everyone has a reason for being in the Panic and not many of them are it in for the glory. Some need the money. Some need revenge. All need to win and it is very dangerous.

This book isn’t just about these stunts and competitions, it is about the people and the desperation they feel to make their lives better. I was so invested in Heather and Dodge and wanting them to succeed, especially Dodge. He didn’t always do the right thing. In fact, he did some VERY wrong things, but it is hard to blame him.

Panic made me cheer and it made me cry. It was a wonderful read and I can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks.


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