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Panic Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I know I am in the minority, but truly very upset that my middle schooler checked this book out of the school library. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mbm
Diamond has been kidnapped, she was at the mall with her friend.Only alone for a brief few minutes and now she is being held captive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Camilla dawson
I loved this book it dragged me I and I finished it in two days this was one of me favorite books it gets kind of scary. But overall it is a good book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brandi
I read this book I believe 4 years ago might have only been three at this point, but still waiting on the sequel! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heather Pierce
I really disliked most of this book. Granted, it's below my reading level, as I am 17, but it was terrible. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kenzie
Started reading it and was bored. Hoping it wasn't just a book about dancing and Hollywood. When Diamond met Thane I had a random thought, "Oh I hope she gets kidnapped! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elyse