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.
Includes a bonus interview with the author.
©2013 Suzanne Young (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
If you're into YA style romance, this book is for you! I have read some pretty good YA books, but this one was a snooze fest. The story had potential with a very cool plot, but the author chose the romance route . I wanted a more "Program" related plot.
I really like this book and am excited to read the sequels and prequels.
I like how the Program is terrible but also the epidemic of teen suicide and depression is worse. There were times when I was like, this program is terrible, how can you strip people of them memories and identity. Then when Sloane gets released from the Program and it feels like she's normal again and she and her family is happy again, I thought, well at least she's not dead and she's happy.
I also really liked the relationship in the story. In a lot of books, love is often a kind of happenstance love, but in this book, it makes you really believe in true love. Like these two really belong together despite everything that's happened to them.
Like how only slightly different it is from reality.
You are annoyed by things that are not scientifically possible? Don't listen to this book.
I like to dive into an author's imagination and books are such an escape that I enjoy when it's different.
Audiobook that I couldn't stop listening. "Page turner"
Not only for young adults, Im 28 And enjoyed it.
Trying to give young another chance after just finishing another one of her novels. Unfortunately, The program is just a few never ending plot circles that never get resolved. As soon as it starts to really get interesting, it's over! The synopses tells a better version of the story than the full work. Was really hoping for more!
I did not read the book, but I think, the narrator brought good life to the book.
Maybe. I am not sure any of my friends like this kind of story and I am not even sure, if I did.
Don't take ny memories.
Great read for those of us who do not trust the government. Ms. Young really puts you in the action. Loved the entire book.
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