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Vanishing Girls

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 12, 2015 – Sisters Dara and Nick had grown up as "the Two Musketeers, the Dynamic Duo, Light and Dark, two sides of the same cookie," but after a serious car accident, the two sisters are irrevocably distanced. As older, more reliable sister Nick tries to find her way back into Dara's graces, their strained relationship, the boy who came between them, and the sudden disappearance of a nine-year-old girl bring secrets of a local underworld too close to home. The novel alternates between the sisters' perspectives, both before and after the accident, while news reports, diaries, and blog posts and comments from the community create a narrative full of shades of grey. Oliver (Panic) is in top form in this psychological family drama that investigates the complicated nature of sisterhood. Perfect for readers who devoured We Were Liars, it's the sort of novel that readers will race to finish, then return to the beginning to marvel at how it was constructed and at everything they missed. Ages 14 up.

Customer Reviews

Superb teen thriller!

Oliver does a superb job of setting this mysterious teen thriller. The story is woven with eerie images and haunting clues. The characters are real enough, their voices distinct and leading. I couldn't put this one down, reading it within a day. I do have to admit I had the mystery figured out halfway through the book, but the unveiling of it still held some surprises. The jumping around between dates and points of views was a little confusing in the beginning but as I became wrapped up in the story it was easier to follow. A great book to read on a dreary, dark day!

Clever story. A story with many layers. A story about change, loss, and separation.

Dara and Nicole are sisters.
Parker, Nick, and Dara are friends.
Everyone can find something to relate to in this story since it deals with change.
It is an intriguing story about loss and separation. The story is full of mystery.

I'm searching for the hidden meaning behind the lies. This means something. The story is leading to something that is going to shock me.

I'm reading at a rapid pace trying to get the answers I've been waiting to discover.
A game. Desperate for attention. Disappearing to see who comes looking.
A place to forget your problems for the day. Many layers built into the story.

This story is hard to summarize because in order to do so would mean giving away parts of the story. I don't want to reveal any spoilers so I'm just going to say that's is a cleverly crafted story that unfolded slowly. Pay attention to the dates. Take notes of the before and after. Remember which POV you are reading. Stay focused on the clues. Most importantly free your mind and let yourself absorb the beauty of the words written.
The story has many layers. The town searching for Madeline. Nick working at FanLand. The car accident. The parents divorced. Dara sneaking out to party.
All important layers that help build the foundation for the mindset of Nicole and all the changes she encountered.

Great read

Absolutely great.

Vanishing Girls
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Mar 10, 2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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