Book Review : Panic by Lauren Oliver

July 6, 2015

Reviewed by Tiernan, grade 9


Review by Tiernan, grade 9

Panic is a teen novel set in a small town stuck in its ways. Everything in the town happens like clockwork, day in and day out. One such thing is a competition called the Panic undertaken by the local graduating seniors each summer. The winner undergoes many tests and tasks and is given a cash prize that will change their life.

In the book, protagonists Heather and Dodge both compete in the Panic to earn money to support their families. Like many others in the book, they seek the purse at the end and go in believing they will do anything and everything necessary to achieve this goal. Read the rest of this entry »


Teens’ Top Ten 2011: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

July 26, 2011

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is one of the Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2011.

Have you ever wished you could live your day over again–have the opportunity to go back and change all the things you did wrong or make the good things even better. Popular senior, Samantha Kingston, gets that chance when fate changes her life completely. Sam starts Cupid’s Day thinking that all the right things will happen. Why wouldn’t they?

After all, it’s senior year, and Sam and her three best friends are the “it” girls of their class. Samantha will get her roses, hang with her friends, and maybe spend a special evening with her boyfriend.  But, in one quick moment, Sam’s life is never the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Eva Perry Library Reads: Before I Fall

June 22, 2011

*This blog post got Rachel tickets in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall was one of the few books with a truly unexpected ending – it’s great how the “happy” conclusion still involves the protagonist dying, but doing so in a more meaningful way than she lived her life. I found the climax – and all of the plot twists – surprising and yet still believable, which is extraordinarily rare. I also loved the way the narration flitted around from one thing to another, in one place just describing a scene or action, but then switching to some type of deeply existential thought. I don’t know about anyone else, but that’s exactly the way that my brain works. And I read tons of books with highly clichéd “character development” that only serves to irritate rather than to inspire, but Before I Fall wasn’t like that. Sam changes dramatically in a week – a relatively miniscule amount of time – but every little bit of it was fully justified in my mind. I was with her the whole way, from her point of view at the beginning, to the ending where she is willing to sacrifice her life. It was a gorgeous book!

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