Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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.

But no.

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.


  1. Asma @ IceybooksJune 2, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Ah, I love Lauren Oliver books and I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Asma, so glad you found the review helpful. I hope you love the book like I did. It was a glorious read and I can't wait to get into it again! (And thanks for stopping by! <3 )

  3. Paperback PrincessJune 6, 2015 at 4:10 AM

    Sierra I've just added this to my TBR list as it sounds fantastic, and it's about sisters so I can really empathise and you just made me sound so intriguing in your review. I've read Lauren Oliver books before but so far I'm 50/50, love her writing but I've read 2 books of hers and I didn't really like one but loved the other, so hopefully this can be my deciding book :)

  4. I'm so glad to see you loved this one too! I love Oliver's writing style and I've been wanting to read more by her ever since I read and loved her Delirium series. Hopefully I get around to this one soon!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  5. Oooh which other ones did you read by Lauren? I'm curious! I'm glad you'll give this one a go. It really was excellent and the mystery made me SO impressed at Lauren's mystery/thriller writing abilities!

    Thanks for stopping by! <3

  6. Ahhh I'm so glad you loved the Delirium series. I re-read those books every year...this year was my 5th time reading Delirium, actually, and next year I'm moving to Portland, ME where it is located. I'd love to read your review of this book when you do get to it, so link me up if you remember, or tweet to me, or something <3

  7. Paperback PrincessJune 7, 2015 at 3:20 AM

    Before I Fall and Delirium, enjoyed the latter but not so much the other :(

  8. Hmmm. Then I'd say there's a 50/50 chance of you liking Vanishing Girls. If you go into it a bit more reserved, you might have a greater chance of enjoying it. VG is more like BIF than Delirium. But it's not the same genre, really, so that's why I think there's a chance you'll *love* VG. :) Let me know what you think when you read it!