Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls

byLauren Oliver

Hardcover | March 10, 2015

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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a raw and heart-pounding story, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars or Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects.

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.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:Vanishing GirlsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.99 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.99 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062224107

ISBN - 13:9780062224101


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. This book had an interesting plot and although it seemed a bit of a slow start, it got quite interesting and there were different connections in the plot being made to keep it intriguing and a plot twist I honestly didn't see coming at all. I also quite liked how it was concluded. <i>"I guess that's the really nice thing about disappearing: the part where people look for you and beg you to come home."</i>
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... I agree with Jamie's comment about the ending of the book. I was disappointed by the twist and how it ended. In my opinion, it doesn't make sense with some parts of the book like the dialogues between Dara and Ari, and also the family dinner for Dara's birthday. It was still a good book, but not a great one. I definitely prefer the previous book I read by Lauren Oliver.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Little Disappointing I was so excited for this one, I preordered it (which is something I rarely ever do). I love Lauren Oliver's writing style and she is so eloquent with her words that I have loved everything she has ever written. Except for with this one. Maybe I went into this one with too high of expectations or too much hype, but I thought while it delivered on characters and being a Lauren Oliver novel, it lacked a believable, original plot. Because this was basically the same story as Identical by Ellen Hopkins. And I usually don't mind if a story has a similar plot line as another book as long as it is well executed but I don't think this one fits that bill. Nick and Dara are polar opposites. Nick is sporty and scholarly while Dara is fun and always down to party. One thing that Oliver did well is the sisterly relationship that they have with one another: they love each other, but they are also extremely jealous which leads to some petty actions between the sisters. I thought at some points it was too black and white between them and that they were written as stereotypes but they were still interesting and complex characters on their own. However, at some points they were fairly codependent on one another and it seemed at some points that they didn't even like one another but then would switch back to the petty feelings they had. It was almost as though they were out of character at some points, if you know what I mean. I think part of the problem I had with this book is that it was so slow going. I read this on my way home from a six hour drive and it took me all those six hours. A book this size should have taken me maybe three-four hours, but this one was just so agonizingly dry at some points that it took me forever. I did, however, like the mix of notes, emails, posts, etc. that were included in this writing. I thought that broke it up nice and gave the reader a taste of "reality" that surrounded the book. Too much was riding on the ending -- the twist -- and it wasn't creative or original, it was something that has been done multiple times before and it was a tad disappointing to me. There was too much to disprove the conclusion from the rest of the book that it didn't seem to really fit. It seemed as though Oliver had the direction she wanted to take mapped out and then started to change her mind half way through but needed the ending to stay as is for the story to make sense. Overall: 3/5 stars. I thought it had a good premise but was pretty predictable.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read! I am a big fan of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall and Panic. I love those books, and when I heard about Vanishing Girls, I was beyond excited. I’ve said it before – I love reading stories about siblings. I’m a middle child and am always interested in stories about sibling dynamics. Lauren Oliver has really captured the way sisters can both love and frustrate each other, often at the same time. Of the two sisters, Dara and Nick, I think I identified a lot with Nick – she was the good daughter, who stayed out of trouble and followed the rules – but a part of me could also identify with Dara, who often felt like she was in Nick’s shadow. I was also interested in the way that other people acted in accordance to Nick and Dara’s relationship: Nick’s best friend and Dara’s sometimes boyfriend Parker, their divorced parents, and their friends. I loved the way that the story of Madeline Snow’s disappearance combined with that of Nick and Dara. It seemed unconnected at first, in the background to whatever was going on between Nick and Dara, but as the book went on, the link between the two storylines became clear and by the end, I was frantically reading in order to get to the bottom of it all. WARNING: SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH TO AVOID MAJOR SPOILERS! When I did get to the bottom of everything, I was crushed. Shocked. Heartbroken. I actually put the book down and had to explain it to my husband, almost in disbelief. I can honestly say that I did not see the twist (that Dara had been dead since the night of the accident) coming. And believe me, I can usually predict this stuff. I always say that I think it’s difficult to truly surprise me as a reader because I read SO much, but Lauren Oliver really did it here. She totally blindsided me when the truth was revealed. I genuinely love when that happens, and the fact that I already loved this book made it even better. But it also broke my heart because it meant that Nick and Dara would not make up. But now I’m eager to purchase a finished copy and read it again, reexamining the conversations and interactions between Nick and the other characters. END OF SPOILERS. I’m a sucker for stories about siblings, the way they can love and hate and infuriate each other and also have each other’s backs. Combine that with a tantalizing mystery and Lauren Oliver’s wonderful writing, and I’m in book heaven! This is a must read! (Received from the publisher for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2015-03-14

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR PANIC: "Retains all the tension and excitement of Oliver's Delirium.A work with sharp corners, dark places, and considerable humanity."