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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442408960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442408968
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Draper has created a nurturing setting for her characters in the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy where students have been dancing and working together for years. Miss Ginger, their instructor, provides support and challenge in endeavors like the spring showcase or the upcoming production of Peter Pan. Diamond, 15, is swept off her feet by a stranger's promise of an audition for a movie when he finds her alone at the mall. Her BFF, Mercedes, gets a cryptic text before they are to meet at the food court to go to the academy for a performance. Through drugs and restraints, villainous Thane and his henchmen cameramen, as well as other paying participants, abuse Diamond as the unwilling star in Internet pornography for days. Meanwhile, with only intermittent plot coverage of Diamond's ordeal, the dance academy and school hold vigils and worry about their classmate. Most chapters actually deal with Layla: she doesn't acknowledge fellow dancer Justin's crush because she is more concerned about boyfriend, Donny, who gets dangerous and abuses her when he feels jealous or insecure. Layla suffers from some bad judgment, a mostly absentee mother, and the challenge of her father being released after six years in prison. This realistic novel takes on too many characters and plotlines, and the scattershot approach may leave readers less engaged and invested. Dance enthusiasts should enjoy the depictions of costumes, jitters, daunting roles, and therapeutic workouts. However, multiple issues-bullying, kidnapping, sexual enslavement by a predator-pedophile, abusive teen relationships, and sexting-result in hot-button overload.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

After teenage Diamond makes a disastrously foolish mistake, she is abducted and finds herself in terrible danger. Will she survive? Will her life ever be the same? Told from multiple points of view, Panic is not only Diamond’s story but also that of three of her friends, all of them students at the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy. Mercedes is Diamond’s best friend, who, wracked by guilt, blames herself for her friend’s abduction. Layla, given to bouts of self-loathing, is trapped in a physically abusive relationship with a boy whom she thinks she loves. And Justin, the only boy in the dance class, is secretly in love with Layla. Although much of her material will be familiar to YA readers, Draper does a good job of balancing and integrating her multiple plotlines. Especially good are the subtle parallels she draws between Diamond and Layla, both of whom are, in their respective ways, trapped and victims of the worst aspects of the Internet. Draper’s many fans will welcome this latest addition to her growing body of work. Grades 10-12. --Michael Cart

More About the Author

Sharon Draper is a two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, most recently for Copper Sun, and previously for Forged by Fire. She's also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent for Tears of a Tiger and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for The Battle of Jericho and November Blues. Her other books include Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn, and Double Dutch. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years. She's a popular conference speaker, addressing educational and literary groups both nationally and internationally.

Customer Reviews

My 15 year old daughter liked this book.
Toby
Books about this subject tend to have messages of hope and help embedded- they teach a lesson to teens about what is and isn't acceptable.
Shanna
This book is kind of scary actually, because things like this happen in real life.
Sarah Lowe

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Shanna on March 27, 2013
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I guess I just didn't look at the description of this book enough (or utilize the "Look Inside" Option) because I was disappointed by this book. The reviews made it seem like it would be good. First off, the book is short and written in rather large text, which makes it a ridiculously fast, easy read (under an hour for a fast reader). The summary and reviews make it sound like the majority of the book is about Diamond being kidnapped, but really, the Diamond chapters are fairly short and far between. Chapters from the point of Justin (a very dry, seemingly pointless character), Mercedes (Another seemingly dry, dusty character) and Layla (in an abusive relationship) pack the majority of the book and for the most part seemed to be plot-less and filler.

Secondly, the book seemed targeted at a younger audience, but it dealt with more mature themes, which had me confused. There was some dancing around serious issues like child pornography, rape and abuse, but nothing was explicitly stated beyond the abuse. If you're looking for a dark, more up front book about those subjects, this won't satisfy you (Try Still Missing by Chevy Stevens instead).

Third, the book didn't reach me. Books about this subject tend to have messages of hope and help embedded- they teach a lesson to teens about what is and isn't acceptable. Usually there is emotional weight to the book and the story is powerful. Here, it wasn't. It was dull for the most part, and even the interesting parts seemed unexciting. The characters were all one-dimensional and so over-stereotyped as teens. Which leads me to my next point...

Fourthly, the dialogue had me on edge for much of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Vargas on June 27, 2013
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I loved it, it kept me very interested. I look forward to buying more of Sharon Draper books. She is my favorite author although I've read all of her books so far like the bully and the rest of the series. They're all awesome.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria Hanrahan on June 8, 2013
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I want to be kind in writing this review, since I think the book had a great storyline and message, and because it seems that Ms. Draper's books are popular (she's a bestselling author), but I just wanted to throw this book across the room too many times. My review will reflect that frustration.

It began with the characters' names. The most "normal" female names were Layla and Mercedes. The more oddball names were Diamond, Shasta, Zizi, and Magnificent (you *don't* want to know her full name!) I found these names to be rather distracting, as I just kept waiting to hear/read what the next introduced character's name would be.

The dialogue was the main problem, however. The first time a character said "true that," I grimaced. (Even if real teens actually say this, I think they say it in a mocking/amusing way, and they would likely say "true dat" with some dramatic flair.) Imagine my discomfort when that phrase was repeated at least 4 more times. Another piece of dialogue that did not ring true was "you trippin',"; I actually asked my friend, when I was telling her about the book and the awful dialogue, "is this 1997?" Another example of the lack of timeliness with the dialogue was a character calling something "super fresh." I'm not kidding. All of these dated phrases made the dialogue feel very artificial and out of place (and time!) There is a point at which one of the main characters, the girl who is abducted and missing and the focus of the book is thinking about what she'd say to her friends if she could speak to them. Instead of a heartfelt, emotional plea for her friends and family to find her and/or praying to be found/released, the author has her thinking these slang-ridden messages that seem to take the horror of her situation very lightly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 14, 2014
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This is a great five star read like so many other books by this author. Even though the characters and story lines aren't true it seemed so real from all three characters stories from the narration it never seemed like Diamond really didn't get kidnapped or abducted, Justin feeling out of place because he's the only male dancer on top of missing his mom and liking Layla even though she's talking or Layla having problems with her abusive boyfriend, dad in jail and having a mother who is always absent. All in all it was a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kendall m on February 20, 2014
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I am only 11 and I am a very picky reader I really don't like to read and I loved this book it was outstanding it is slightly inappropriate for kid maybe 11 and younger because it kind of has to do with porn and sexual abuse like they were video tapering a 15 year old girl having sex with an older man and there are some bad words in the book but otherwise the book was written fabulously and I'm definitely going to rad another one of her books again and be careful about trusting people so yer I am recommending this book for anyone cuz it was AMAZING. : ) !!!!!!!!!!!!! Buy this book now
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By gulf beaches public library on August 13, 2014
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Draper's Out of My Mind is such a crowd pleaser with my library kid crowd that I was eager to read Panic. So disappointed! Was Draper Panicked when she wrote it? Out of Her Mind? First of all, the dialog made me cringe. It was so imitation teenager that it condemned the whole narrative to the realm of unbelievability. Second, the combination of a lovely dance studio with teen dating with abduction and rape just set my teeth on edge. Somehow, the ballet background trivialized the horror of Diamond's abduction, trivialized it and then rendered it too unbelievable. It's too bad, because the theme is an important one for kids to read about but not in this format.
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