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The Program Audiobook

The Program

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2013 - This fresh take on dystopian YA draws on the lives of everyday teens to build a realistic world complete with young love, and well-meaning, but overprotective, parents. It starts out with a strikingly unique premise: With a growing depression-related suicide epidemic among teens, infected teens are whisked away to The Program, a form of in-patient intensive therapy meant to heal the behavioral contagion. But it seems to involve a little more memory-wiping than counseling. Our heroine, Sloane (what a name!), is smart, savvy, and madly in love her boyfriend, James - with whom she witnessed her own brother’s suicide. This is a book that speaks and relates to the unspoken issues teens see in the real world: self-harm, the brave face, long bouts of depression, and the wish to just make it all go away - whether that be through running away, memory loss, or even death. This would have been my favorite book when I was 15, and the relatable sense of angst will definitely appeal to Twilight fans. Joy Osmanski is a fabulous YA narrator - I’m excited to listen to her take on Sloane. —Erin, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

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    roman bay 06-11-17
    roman bay 06-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a big meh "

    the book was a meh, the story felt kind of slow and unexciting. it felt of the mistery was revealed at the beginning and the story just tells a ... a story without any major twists or wow moments, kinds boring. mostly a love story too, which I did not like. the performance was great tho, the reader changed voices and emotions! 5/5

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    kirsten 03-22-17
    kirsten 03-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Omg!"

    💋🙏🏻💕
    Love this! So good! Omg prays to the writer! Plot was so good couldn't put it down?

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    Nikki 02-19-17
    Nikki 02-19-17
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    "I loved it so much!"

    I totally fell in love with Sloan and James love.. to me there was no love triangle between Sloan, James and Realm. Those two kids are the definition soul mates!

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    Christopher Toccoa, GA, United States 02-04-17
    Christopher Toccoa, GA, United States 02-04-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"

    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.

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    Michael Ngo New York 02-04-17
    Michael Ngo New York 02-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I really like this book"

    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.

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    terri j dukes 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    Great plot amazing I hate reading honestly but this book caught my interest and I listened to the hole thing in three days!

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    Cath 10-25-16
    Cath 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely interesting"

    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.

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    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 09-27-16
    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 09-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Never ending circle"

    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!

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    Tihare Salazar PROVO, UT, US 09-16-16
    Tihare Salazar PROVO, UT, US 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this story!"

    Great great book, loved every minute of it. Amazing story, just incredibly entertaining. Everyone should read it!

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 07-16-16
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 07-16-16 Member Since 2006

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    "I am not sure, if I liked it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Program to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but I think, the narrator brought good life to the book.


    Would you recommend The Program to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I am not sure any of my friends like this kind of story and I am not even sure, if I did.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't take ny memories.


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