Book Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: March 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.59

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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.

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Two sisters, Nicola (Nick) and Dara, were once best friends. As teenagers, their relationship has become strained, and it is forever changed after a terrible car accident.

This story is told using alternating timelines – before the accident (“then”) and after the accident (“now”). The story is also told using multiple points of view – Nick’s POV, Dara’s POV, random news reports, and entries from Dara’s diary. I found the hopping around to be a bit jarring. It wasn’t hard to follow the story, but it didn’t flow well.

The “then” part of the story deals with the sisters crumbling relationship, which has to do with a boy. Nick’s best friend is a guy, and Dara goes after him. Not cool. The “now” part continues to deal with the sister’s relationship, but also involves a young missing girl. When Dara goes missing too, Nick believes it has something to do with the other missing girl.

A dark story with a twisty ending. I read this in one sitting, so it was a compelling read, but it was also awkward. Mainly, it was too disjointed with the jumping narrative. I’ve enjoyed other books by Lauren Oliver, and will continue to read her work, but this isn’t one of my favorites by her.

I won this Kindle ebook in a Goodreads Giveaway.

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