New Young Adult Fiction: Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver

The prolific and prolifically talented Oliver is back with a mystery that PW says is “perfect for readers who devoured We Were Liars.” This is realistic fiction with a plot twist at the end that gives it an edge. PW gave it a starred review and covered it with its “Most Anticipated Books of Spring.”

Sisters Dara and Nick had grown up as ‘the Two Musketeers’…but after a serious car accident, the two sisters are irrevocably distanced….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 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.”
—  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Oliver’s characterizations and background stories are well-developed and compulsively readable. Recommend to teens looking for a well-written work with a juicy ending. They will not be disappointed.”
— School Library Journal

“Best-selling Oliver weaves a taut mystery interspersed with blog posts about Madeline’s disappearance, and the story is made all the more compelling by Nick and Dara’s close but troubling relationship, marked by both love and intense jealousy.”
— Booklist

Vanishing Girls (9780062224101) by Lauren Oliver. $18.99 hardcover. 3/10/15 on sale.

 

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