The Innocence Treatment by Ari GoelmanThe Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman

The Innocence Treatment

byAri Goelman

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her-and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, Ari Goelman's The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren's papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren's story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

Ari Goelman is the author of the middle-grade novel The Path of Names. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his family.
Title:The Innocence TreatmentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.44 × 5.85 × 1 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626728801

ISBN - 13:9781626728806


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised! This story is written like a book, authored by the main character's sister, told in alternating narratives of journal entries and transcribed therapy sessions. The writing style did remind me a bit of Illiminae, which made for a quick read. I did find in the beginning keeping track of the timeline slightly confusing, since the entries are not done in chronological order. However, the author did a good job holding my attention throughout the novel, curious as to what new developments will unfold next. I liked the main character Lauren. She was a very interesting character whose perception of reality is severely changed. The world in which Lauren lives in is full of deceptions, everyone and everything may not be as it appears. Or is it? While Lauren adjusts to life after a mind-altering operation, her behaviour becomes increasingly violent. Is she fighting against people who mean her harm or is she just a delusional teenager? #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-19

Editorial Reviews

"Readers looking to jump into government conspiracies will find a fresh take with this teenager who gains the ability to fight back, rebel against authority, and expose government corruption." - VOYA"...readers who enjoy the moral cartwheels of a nation flooded by fear and the chill of a troublingly plausible future punctuated by opportunistic and insidiously innovative scientists will find all the frissons they could ask for here. Nineteen Eighty-Four meets V for Vendetta in a thrilling package." - Kirkus"A fresh take on futuristic psychological thrillers and an easy sell to reluctant readers." -School Library Journal