During these test, I got the chance to finally read Lauren Oliver’s Vanishing Girls. I haven’t always been a big Lauren Oliver fan. Her writing is okay but I just don’t get into it as much as other authors. If I had to give Vanishing Girls a rate, it would be a 3.5/5.
If you have not read this book, you are at risk of getting SPOIlLED. Please take that into consideration as you read on.
It starts the book off with the two sisters at a party. A party that leads to life changing events.
We have these two sisters, who one is very out there (Dara) and the other (Nick) is a go with the flow type. On the way home from the party, Dara and Nick get into a car accident. Nick only has some PTSD from the accident by Dara wasn’t in a seat belt. Dara gets hurt and everyone starts to hate on Nick for the accident. Nick is told she can’t drive and must get a job at this summer vacation fun place. Dara gets to stay at the house and do anything she wants.
On Nick’s first day of work, she sees that Dara’s ex and her ex best friend Parker. Parker seems to be, well mad at Nick. It turns out he isn’t. When Dara goes missing, Parker and Nock set out to find her. They find it even stranger when these two thing happen:
- It happened on Dara’s birthday
- Another girl, this time 9 years old, named Madeline Snow goes missing.
The two find out a lot with everything that happens. Dara is working in a bar, underaged. Madeline Snow might just be for show. Nick starts discovering more and more when Dara gives her a call talking about winning a game and it’s on. Nick continues to live her life with looking for Dara and working at the fun place. She works on her relationship with Parker until they think they found Dara. Taken by one of the people in the bar. Nick drives over to the bar and finds that Dara is there and something that looks like Madeline Snow. Nick takes Dara and sees Madeline Snow. Nick loses her grin and they wreck the car. Dara doesn’t make it but Nick is able to keep Madeline safe.
Just a little bit after, Nick and Parker share a kiss. Parker goes off to college and the two don’t talk that often. Madeline’s sister and Nick start to hang out together more. Parker and Nick finally meet up again, with agreeing they are only good friends.
Overall I thought that the book was ok. I have had this love hate relationship with Lauren Oliver. It probably is just me but its okay. We have our own opinions. Like I hated Katniss the whole time in The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins. If you really like all of Oliver’s work, you’ll like this one.
What are you doing this summer? I’m going to Pennsylvania and doing stuff in the state. What about you? Let me know in the comments what you are doing and if you like Vanshing Girls!