Monday, March 30, 2015

Review ~ Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary / mystery
Pages: 368
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Description: 
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. 
Source: I was given access to an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Vanishing Girls was an amazing story focused on sisters and the strong bond between them, despite their differences and disputes. I started loving it from last page and I was crying as I read the last one. There were shocking twists at the end that left me reeling and feeling for the characters.

The POVs were pretty interesting. Most of the time, it was in Nick’s voice. Sometimes, it was in Dara’s. There were chapters told in the present and ones told in the past. There were some journal entries sprinkled in as well as some articles/emails (not told in either sister’s POVs). They were written pretty well! I really liked getting to know the sisters and seeing what they thought of each other while reading their different POVs. They had distinct voices too, which is always a plus.

Dara was such a brat. I hated her sometimes. I didn't like her actions or her attitude. However, I couldn't help but understand her character. Her behavior made sense! I ended up loving her character. Actually...I think I liked her more than Nick. Dara stood out more, though I connected to Nick on a deeper level.

I felt uneasy about the romance because I didn't like the conflict it added to the sisters' relationship. However, I ended up loving its presence and appreciating the place it ended up at.

Nick’s job kinda reminded me of the movie Adventureland--the scenes in Fanlad had a similar vibe. Fanland added some great elements to the story and helped make more special and meaningful. The Snow case did the same thing. The story was connected to a missing girl case, and the girls sister was involved. Having another pair of sisters and another disappearance in the book added another dimension to the book. It strengthened the impact the story had on me too.

Overall, Vanishing Girls was an amazing, sad read with really well built characters and a fantastic focus on sisters. I was very happy with how it turned out. Lauren Oliver has yet to disappoint me!

2015 challenges this book counts towards:
105 Challenge
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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