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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Read or Ditch: The Program


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.
UGH!!  What is WRONG with me?!?!  Everyone I know loves this book, I mean not just love, but they want to have it's babies. But I just CAN NOT get into it.  I swear I just want to fall asleep every time I start it.  It's so depressing!!  I mean, I get that it's supposed to be, but why does everyone want to read that?  I just don't get it.  What am I missing?

Also, I feel like there are just so many inconsistencies or things that just don't make sense.  Like how they're under such a strict watch because they may commit suicide at any moment, but then they're allowed to go off camping together (two teenagers, mind you) where they could off themselves, no problem.  And the whole idea of this just doesn't seem realistic to me at all.  All of the adults are either hostile or completely stupid, and their parents?  Don't get me started. 

I'm about 30% done with it, and I'm wondering, does anything actually happen is this book?  Does it pick up?  What is it that everyone else connects with that I'm too stupid to see?   Maybe it's that I just don't like feeling depressed.  I don't read much contemporary, and this book almost reads like one so far.

What do you think?  Should I keep going?  Or is it just one I'm better off ditching?  Why did/didn't you like it?

10 comments:

  1. Huh. Yours is probably the first negative (sort of) review I've seen of The Program. I haven't read it myself but I've been super excited for it and having all these amazing expectations. I'll go in a little more reserved now. Thanks for your honest thoughts!

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    1. Yeah, this is what I'm saying! I haven't seen a bad thing about this book. Not one. So, what's my problem? I'm sure you'll like it, you'll have to let me know!

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  2. I did not like this book-I rated it 2 stars and am currently working on my review to explain why I disliked it so much. I did not think it got better although the last few chapters take it in a slightly different direction.

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    1. I can't even tell you how much better this makes me feel. I honestly was starting to think there was something wrong with me. I'M NOT ALONE!!!!!! :D

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  3. I'm listening to the audio of it, and OMG the parents disgust me. I'm not really enjoying the narrator, but I am hoping that the story goes somewhere. I like the idea of it so far, but there isn't a whole lot that has happened. And will we ever find out what makes these kids kill themselves?!! I mean, there's no real reason right now, they just become "ill" with their emotions and off themselves with no explanation as to why they have become this way! I'm sure it's coming. That's what is keeping me going.

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    1. I keep thinking I'll pick it back up, but I haven't yet. Did you finish it?

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    2. No, I actually haven't listened to it in a few days. I am hoping to finish in the next few days though. I will let you know when I do finish. Hopefully it gets a little more interesting.

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  4. I actually haven't seen too many reviews of this book but I was hoping it would be good. Sad to hear it wasn't for you. But inconsistencies would drive me nuts too. They make a story feel lazy.

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    1. A lot of people really like it. If you end up reading it, let me know what you think!

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  5. Well, I'm the kind of person who perseveres through even the most awful of books. I can count the books I haven't finished on one hand. Not even kidding. That being said, I would finish it. 30% in really isn't that much and it could really improve before the end. :)

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

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