Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Review: The Program

Title The Program

Series The Program, book 1

Author Suzanne Young

Release Date April 30, 2013

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

I first found out about this book when browsing other book review blogs. As soon as I read the description, I knew I had to read it. Of course, with my luck, the person reviewed an ARC and I had to wait. Well, with all the waiting, I ended up waiting far too long before reading this. I wish I had read it sooner. It was so incredibly good.

There's so much I enjoyed about The Program. The writing was absolutely wonderful. It's some of the best YA writing I've read in a while. The characters were perfectly done. Every single character was unique and well-developed. The plot was interesting and fully kept my interest.

When I originally put this book on my to-read list, I believed it was a standalone. It isn't, though. There is one more book, but it's not currently out. Until I get my hands on it, I'll be eagerly waiting. I can hardly wait for it to come out. Until then, I definitely recommend this to everyone!


5 out of 5 stars

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