Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver


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.

My Thoughts

I really liked this book. At first, I thought Nick was a boy but she’s not, her name is Nicole. In the first couple pages, I thought she was a gay brother to Dara. Then it becomes clear.

I really like the character Nick. She’s smart and knows herself. Dara on the other hand, I liked alright but it was mere toleration to see where the story was heading. It’s an interesting story, told from both Nick and Dara’s perspectives. When you get deep into the story, you may realize something isn’t quite right with Dara but you never expect it to be because Nick has taken over her identity after the car accident.

So after the car accident happens, Nick can’t accept that Dara has died. So she takes over Dara’s identity, all while still being herself. It’s a crazy, crazy thing but so brilliant in the writing. Oliver tricks you until it comes out in the very end what’s happened. After Nick saves the little girl who was missing for 10 days, it comes out that she thought she was looking for Dara this whole time. It’s twisted and just plain crazy, but it hooks you and you just have to know what happens.

I did have a problem with the parents. I know they’re going through loss also, a horrible loss of losing their daughter. But it’s like they forget to take care of their daughter who is still alive. The mom is popping pills, the dad is a drunk now…The only person who tries is the step mom who is painted as a lunatic and bad person- because she tries. It’s just frustrating. The reason Nick is so messed up is because the parents are just as messed up and not seeing a shrink either. Family therapy, anyone?

It was a great book though. It’s one that you have to know what happens because even though you think you know, you just don’t until the very end.

4 out of 5 stars!


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