Panic by Lauren Oliver ~ Review by Fallon
Author's Description of Book:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Panic is from two points of view. The first was Heather devastated by a break-up with her long term boyfriend. She enters Panic to try to prove something. Heather soon finds herself in over head. She is stronger then she realizes. She has an incentive to win the High Stakes Panic Game. The cash prize is $67,000.00. This money would set her and her little sister up. Their mother is a drunk and addict who finds Heather and her little sister to be a nuisance. Nat, Heather's bestfriend decided to enter on a whim. Nat question's Heather's motives. Bishop is Heather's other bestfriend. I love Heather and Bishop's friendship. Bishop is always thought Panic was stupid but remains a support for Heather and Nat at every obstacle.
The second perspective is Dodge. Not the most popular kid. He is in love with Nat and she didn't even know Dodge existed before the Game. Dodge has joined Panic to seek revenge for his older sister who got injured in a previous Panic competition. Dodge needs the money to help his sister with doctor bills. He soon finds himself getting attached to his competitors. He cares for Nat and has become friends with Heather and Bishop. With friendships and enemies who comes out on top in this game of Panic.
I really liked this book. Lauren Oliver has a realistic quality to her writing. That being said I would not recommend this book for young teens due to the high volume of profanity in this book. This book is definitely geared more towards an older more mature audience. Besides that though a great job by Lauren Oliver! I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because of all the profanity.