Panic

Panic

Book - 2013
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Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger. All it takes is one bad decision for everything in her life, and the lives of her friends and family, to change forever.
Publisher: Toronto : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013.
ISBN: 9781442408975
9781442408968
Characteristics: 262 pages ;,22 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Nov 25, 2017

This book is actually two stories, really: your basic high school drama with a dance theme and a decent plot about abusive relationships, and a second story about a teen girl being kidnapped and raped.
The chapters alternate among different characters; chapters about teen life and the next big dance recital and teen romance are mixed in with Layla's chapters about her abusive boyfriend and Diamond's chapters where she's locked in a room where her kidnapper films her being raped repeatedly.

Any of these plotlines would have made an interesting read, and I think the author intended the mixture of these plots to have a jarring effect on the reader - one minute we're reading about who's going to play the lead in the dance version of Peter Pan, the next we see Diamond struggling against her bonds. But the actual effect, for me, was annoyance at the teenaged characters. Their friend has disappeared, they know she's been kidnapped, and occasionally they comment to each other about Diamond, but mostly they go about their usual teenaged (stereotypically teenaged) lives.

The author tries very hard to establish her "street cred" with teen readers - she references popular music, she has characters texting and tweeting and whatnot, she even provides a list at the end of the book of songs mentioned in the story. But she comes across as prim and prudish; I don't remember a single curse word in the book, and there are definitely curse-word-worthy situations. And while she does go into a bit of detail in the scene where Layla's boyfriend takes pictures of her without her top on, she glosses over any kind of sexual detail in Diamond's experience.

I honestly don't know much about the author; the book jacket says she's a best-selling writer, but I'm guessing she usually writes for adult audiences. This particular book feels like a grown-up trying to write a very-important-message book for teens.

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violet_sparrow_16
Jun 23, 2017

Couldn't get over the typos. Please, read your books before you publish them people. Also, characters were rather boring.

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TatiFlem
Apr 09, 2017

WOW. Hands down, one of the BEST books I have ever read. This is such a powerful story and should be shared with many. It concludes with a life lesson, that many of us have been taught at young ages regarding NOT TALKING TO STRANGERS, and it is very well put together. I would definitely recommend this for younger readers, but in different wording for say, but point is, this is a message that EVERY SINGLE CHILD/ PERSON should be taught early on.
AMAZING JOB to the author, Sharon M. Draper.
Thank you so much for this story.

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theliclan
Dec 15, 2016

The book is deals with very heady issues. I am very concerned how nowhere about the book did it prepare the reader for such a traumatic story: abduction! rape! abuse! As young readers pick up this book, they need to be mentally prepared for the seriousness of these issues.

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madi2001
Jul 25, 2016

I had bought this book because it was in the bargain book section at Indigo and I was in a kidnapping book phase. I tend to go through phases like this where I buy the book and then, don't actually read it. So, I thought that I would save myself some money. I didn't get around to reading this book until months after buying it, and I have to say I was disappointed, even while going in with low expectations. There were spelling errors, grammatical errors and the way the characters spoke annoyed me to no end. The plot it self was okay, but not great. The characters weren't relatable and I just couldn't connect with any of them. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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Geckolife202
May 24, 2016

I found some grammatical/typo errors in this book, so it wasn't my highest rated. The plot is pretty good though.

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yellow_hawk_31
Oct 08, 2015

i'm seeing some pretty mixed reviews for this book. still not sure if it's worth it, but i guess i'll put it on hold anyway :)

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maddieg918
Jul 07, 2015

Sharon M. Draper can do no wrong. All of her books are amazing and all talk about important things. :) TY SHARON :*

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k032199ks
Jul 20, 2014

ONE OF SHARONS BEST BOOKS YET!!

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copicmarker
Jul 07, 2014

great, but kind of disuting

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lilybluesea
Apr 25, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: One scene has a girl's boyfriend choking her. Also, the whole storyline is rather scary.

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lilybluesea
Apr 25, 2014

Sexual Content: Some sexual harassment.

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lilybluesea
Apr 25, 2014

Violence: Sexual abuse

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