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Candor Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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About the Author
Pam Bachorz's debut novel was inspired by the six years she lived in Celebration, Florida–a "model" small town–when she thought, What if . . . ? She now lives in the Washington DC area, with her husband and son. You can visit her online at www.pambachorz.com.
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I liked the main character, Oscar, a lot. I thought that he was interesting and can’t forget how difficult it would have been to hide the truth from his own dad. He did love his dad even for all of his father’s faults. It would have been extremely lonely in a town when only he knew the truth. He would have made friends with those that he helped to escape but then would have no other contact with them. Even though I liked Oscar, I can’t help but wonder if the reason he fell in love with Nia is just because she was so different from everyone else in that entire town. Also, why doesn’t he just tell her the truth in the beginning? It would have made everything a lot simpler and it would have been easier to get her to act how he needed her to. Other than those things, I liked Oscar. He was a well rounded character and it was sweet how he cared for the people in the town even though they were brainwashed. Overall, I enjoyed the story line and thought there were several good things brought up in this book.
Pam Bachorz's Orwellian CANDOR, however, stands out, as a fresh and chilling take.
The teens of Candor, Florida are all model citizens. IN fact, they're damn near perfect. No filching Dad's liquor bottles or delving into Mom's medicine cabinet for these kids. No sneaking out of the house to attend a late-night rager. And sex? Fuggetaboutit. The most daring hook-ups in Candor consist of a shared chocolate malted at the ice-cream shop.
Why, you may ask? That's a question Oscar Banks--son of the founder of Candor--and the only teen who knows the truth would be happy to tell you.
If he was ever allowed to leave Candor.
The teens of the tightly-controlled community are being brainwashed.Every day. Every night. In every aspect of their lives.
I loved Oscar, the main character. He had just the right mixture of self-love and compassion to make him compelling. Also...I was nervous and worrying about him through the entire book. Yep. The plot and tension level are that good!
Oscar Banks is the perfect son of the founder of Candor and he is the only thing in this tiny town that is not as perfect as it seems. Oscar has found a way around the brainwashing and has made it his mission to aid fellow teens, specifically ones with very deep pockets, in avoiding the 'Messages' and finding a way to escape the town for good. But what happens when Oscar meets Nia, the smart, sassy new girl in town with a big chip on her shoulder, is something that he never expected and leads down a path he hoped to never cross.
I JUST finished reading Candor about 5 hours ago. This is a book I had to let resonate for a few hours before writing a review. I went through the entire spectrum of emotions and that was all AFTER I finished the last page!! Oh how I love this book now that the rawness has worn away and I can look back and appreciate the story (the ending in particular) with only a tinge of heartbreak left. I can tell this is going to be a book that will stay with me for days unless I start reading something new immediately!! LOVE IT!
Candor was an absolute page turner, I had a hard time putting it down because I always wondered what was going to happen next. I loved that the protagonist is a teenage boy, giving us a different view than most other YA books that are written from the female perspective... and I can tell you Oscar's thoughts are that of the typical American teenage boy, whether he's surrounded by brainwashed robotic girls or not. Be ready for surprises when you read this intriguing first novel from Pam Bachorz.