What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Program by Suzanne Young

I was iffy when it came to deciding to read The Program. Just the topic of a teen suicide epidemic...I don't know. I wasn't sure about it. But when I found it on audible, I decided to see how it was in audiobook form. Okay, who am I kidding? Anything that stirs up emotions in me with just a summary is something I'm going to read.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories. Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
What I Liked: 1) I want to touch first on the narrator, since I listened to the audiobook of this one. The narrator was great. Seems to me that sometimes, with an AB, the narrator will make or break the book. In this case, narrator Joy Osmanski only enhanced the story. 2) The depth of the story. I understood going into it that this was going to be a tough topic to handle. Suicide isn't something that you think about when going into a book for pleasure. But I also knew that if it was handled well, it would give the reader a lot of things to think about. And it was done very well. The emotions were raw and I felt everything that Sloane and her friends were feeling. I think that this was really what made the book so good for me was that every emotion was right at the surface. 3) There is a lot of curiosity surrounding The Program (not the book) and it kept me hooked from beginning to end. I kind of started of believing that this "program" was too good too be true, but the more that is revealed, the more questions I had. To trust or not to trust is a big part of this story. 4) About the characters, well, I touched on this a little but when the emotions are as real as they were for me in this story, naturally I got attached to several of the characters. Sloane, and then her friends James and Realm. I personally liked Realm better than James, but in the other reviews I've come across, I've been in the minority. They both have their secrets of course, but who doesn't in YA fiction?

What I Didn't Like: I was shocked to find that I loved this one intensely.

Overall Thoughts: Again, I loved this so much that I'm ready to read it again. People, when I describe it as being about a tee suicide epidemic, look at me funny. But the suicide angle is only the tip of the iceberg. It's more about...what is driving the teens to this extreme and how extreme society has to be to stop it. It's emotional with characters who are easy to connect with, and there is even a touch of romance and humor. If you haven't read this one, and are at all interested in audiobooks I highly recommend you check this one out as an audio. The story really comes to life and I felt like I was experiencing the entire story.

My Rating: 5 shots

4 comments:

  1. Ooh, I looooooved this one. It was gorgeous and so beautifully written, and very very heartbreaking. I'm glad you enjoyed it :) I really can't wait for the sequel.

    Bekka
    Pretty Deadly Reviews

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  2. I want to read this one so badly! It sounds so interesting!

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

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  3. I keep hearing good things about this one. Sounds like you really enjoyed it!

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  4. "It's more about...what is driving the teens to this extreme and how extreme society has to be to stop it." <--- THIS. This is why I need to read this book. OH MAN. I keep trying to be good and not splurge, but so many great reviews gushing about this book make me want it all the more. Love your review, so glad you enjoyed it! :D

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