This is the best Lauren Oliver book EVER!
I’ve read Panic and Rooms and didn’t like the first but enjoyed the later a lot. I may have been the tiniest bit nervous starting Vanishing Girls, but it was absolute perfection. It had Lauren Oliver’s gorgeous writing style (which I’ve rather come to love) AND it was about sisters. Yay for sisters! Plus the ending left me clutching my blankets and whispering, “No. No no no NOOOOOO.”
Like Lauren Oliver, and also Nick (the main character of this book), I have a little sister. I completely understand how annoying yet wonderful they are. But even if you don’t have a sister, pshht, don’t fret. The story will swallow you.
It’s very heavy on delicious writing and amazing word-pictures. The author is genius at carving a visual with only a few words. I’m perhaps in love with the writing. (Don’t judge. I have a word fetish.) I actually, um, couldn’t put the book down. I know! Usually I’m very conscious of the clock as I read and I’m slightly (shhh) guilty of skimming. But I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this. #bookwormproblems
I did struggle to pin where the plot was headed. It’s all very vague and summery at the beginning. It basically blurted: there-was-a-car-accident-but-we-will-pretend-it’s-okay-and-just-do-our-summer-jobs-and-try-not-to-rekindle-old-romances. I was questioning how the plot would float.
But then things started VANISHING so all was well!
YAY! I mean, wait! This is BAD. Very, very bad. A 9-year-old girl (Madeline Snow) was kidnapped and then later Dara goes missing. It’s all very frightening. (Although does it bother anyone else that the title is basically Gone Girl rekindled? COME ON.)
Can we talk about the sisters now?!
It’s told in split POV by Nick (Nicole) and Dara (the younger sister). Dara is wild and messy and violently alive. Nick is perfect and put-together. They love each other fiercely until A BOY* gets between them. Also a car accident wrecks their lives. Dara is scarred. Nick is a mess.
The sisters relationship is basically fire and ice. They used to be as close, but now they’re like aliens. Dara takes stupid risks and steals Nick’s best-friend (Parker) just for the sake of it. There’s rivalry. There’s bitterness. Each sister thinks the other is more perfect, more fun, more loved. They’d kill each other, but they’d kill for each other first. It captures what it is to be a sister so well.
* Boys are clearly trouble. Why do YA book characters not see this?
But HOW ABOUT NO to that ending?! I literally whispered out loud, “NO.” Scream-whispered?
I smiled because it was perfect and then I screeched because it was so awful.
Basically GO READ IT NOW. I love this book in all its sisterly messiness. I loved the characters and the writing. I love/hated the ending. I’m still absolutely mind boggled. If you need me, I’m the shocked cuttlefish in the corner.
Thank you Hachette Australia for the review-copy! Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver came out in January, 2015.
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.
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.
“Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on.” — E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.
let’s talk about SISTERS. do you like reading sisterly books? also: do you think books have a bigger impact on you if you can really relate to the character dynamics?
Cait @ Paper Fury
…has, like, 4 sisters, which is a lot. But none of them have every vanished or excelled in stealing her clothes like the sisters in Vanishing Girls, so silver linings. Currently she’s reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and just a LITTLE underwhelmed, which is sadness.