Friday, 10 July 2015

Book Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Today I thought I would review this book I read a few weeks ago before my exams, which I really enjoyed, I am now currently onto the second book of this which I am loving so far. I ordered this book last year due to a recommendation from a friend, however as I do with a lot of books I just put it on my book shelf and forgot about it.

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. 

I was instantly drawn in by the blurb of this book as its a very modern book, creating an alternative view for the life of teenagers in the near future. The overall message of the book is pretty serious, however it is only a book and is not intended to have a negative effect on people just to make them more open minded. It is a very emotional book with the closeness you feel with characters and the pain you see them go through. I love the characters the author has the relationship between Sloane and James is incredible and makes you feel so close to them, it is really a book about romance between two teenagers and the issues they have with society that are stopping them from being together.

I feel it definatley takes a while for me to get into any book normally a good 50 pages and this was the same with this book because I always forget to read, but as soon as I was a few chapters in I just couldn't put the book down, Suzanne has written it very well so that its not predictable and so you are still shocked after each chapter. I also like how each chapter is fairly short as sometimes I'll only have 10 minutes to read so can fit in a couple of chapters instead of having to stop at a crucial point.

Overall, I would really recommend this book to any older teenagers, its very different to anything I've ever read before but almost believable to be real. I am about half way throught the sequel 'The Treatment', so look out for my review of that in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for reading, let me know if you've read this and what you think of it and if you have any book recommendations or ones you would like me to review!


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