This book, you guys. I was really nervous about it because I wasn't a fan of Panic and Vanishing Girls was starting to get similar ratings.
I read this book in about 4 hours flat - and by the end I was shaking.
Let me start by saying: Nick and Dara's dual narrative totally hooked me. Even though I wasn't sure about them 100% of the time as people, I LOVED them as characters. By the end I totally would have hung out with Nick in real life. I liked her a lot and just hated that she had to go through so much.
The conflict in this book is...raw. Like, crazy raw. I was so emotional the whole time - up and down, up and down, a total roller coaster/train wreck. It really struck me because being a sister is hard. Even when it's incredible and fun and amazing, it's hard. So I got it.
And that twist. *shudders* My hands were shaking when I figured it out. Or, I guess, when I read it. I would have never guessed that in a million years. I loved it, even though it ripped my heart out and threw it into the shredder. *cries forever*
Also, can I just say: PARKER. I love him. I love him I love him I love him I love him. And the writing in Vanishing Girls is as exquisite as in every Lauren Oliver book ever. She just has that WAY with words, you know? Nothing can stop this woman. Like, dang.
So. If you want a mystery/thriller about sisters that is very raw and upsetting and his an eensy-weensy romance....then this is your book. And if you have read it - let me know what you thought about it in the comments, or link me to your own review.
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.
Some strong cursing and the plot deals with a lot of very intense sexual things, although it is all tackled in a very non-explicit way.