Books about sisters reel me in time after time as it’s a subject that resonates with me. And Lauren Oliver’s books reel me in too as I know I’m in for a cocktail of mesmerising words that will thrill me. Vanishing Girls is a perfect example of this type of writing that I love so much; her language skills leave me flailing. But it wasn’t a perfect book for me as you’ll see.Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Published by Harper Collins on March 10th 2015
Genres: Family, Love & Romance, Siblings, Young Adult
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.
First Line of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver:
“The funny thing about almost-dying is that afterward everyone expects you to jump on the happy train and take time to chase butterflies through grassy fields or see rainbows in puddles of oil slick on the highway.”
The highs of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver:
– It’s Lauren Oliver and I flat-out love her prose. It’s so lyrical that I just want to lick it off the page (I refrained though, you’ll be glad to know.)
– I loved the theme of sisters and their messy, complicated relationship made for compelling reading.
“That’s the thing about Dara and me; we’re both similar and worlds apart. Like the sun and the moon, or a starfish and a star; related, sure, but at the same time totally and completely different.”
– I loved the setting of funpark where Nick works for the summer.
– The romance was central to the plot but didn’t dominate it which I really appreciated. First and foremost, this is a book about sisters.
– The drama of the missing 9-year-old girl – Madeline – adds a tense, scary vibe to the book and shadows everything with a tinge of danger.
– All of Lauren Oliver’s books are as alike as chalk and cheese and I love how versatile she is.
The lows of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver:
– The plot is hackneyed. This is the third book I’ve read in the last 12 months with this plot and enough already. It’s bad timing that the author is releasing this hot on the heels of some other really well-known books as she is a creative and adventurous author but the sameness drags the book down.
– I found the timeline very confusing at the beginning as it hops around a lot between pre-accident and post-accident and I felt a bit lost. This resolves itself pretty quickly though.
Overall Vanishing Girls has fab writing and attention-grabbing characters that made me want to know their story. However the now clichéd plot lets it down a little. But don’t get me wrong, even this didn’t drag this book down too much. Lauren Oliver’s writing transforms this hackneyed plot in to an enjoyable read
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Who should read Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver?
I’d recommend this to you if you like contemporary YA books with a mystery element but mostly if you like books with fascinating family relationships. Fans of Lauren Oliver’s previous books should also enjoy as her prose is as delightful as always. If you liked Burying Water by KA Tucker or Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian; then I also think you might appreciate this one.
Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.