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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / December 13, 2017

Within the first chapter of the book, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, the reader knows when Susie Salmon was killed, where Susie Salmon was killed, and who killed Susie Salmon. Nothing about her death is up for debate to the reader. However, Susie’s family is not granted the same luxury of knowing this vital information. The search on earth for Susie’s body stretches out for a painful eight months, and her killer is never found. The plot revolves around a forever-fourteen-year-old Susie, who watches her family devotedly from heaven. She watches them for fourteen years, every year burning her with opportunities she would never have the joy of experiencing. The stark comparison between herself and her younger sister shows the reader every single chance that as ripped away from Susie on that fateful December afternoon. For fourteen years, neither Susie nor her family is able to let go of one another, which prevents them from moving on to better days. When there is no question about who, how, or why someone was killed, a compelling story is needed to push the plot along, and, as a reader, a compelling story is not what is delivered in Sebold’s book. It…

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Dystopia , Romance , Series , Young Adult / December 13, 2017

Lauren Oliver sets Delirium in the future where love has been declared a dangerous disease, which needs to be cured and eradicated. The government decides everything: they choose jobs, partners, your life, and you get no say involving any of these decisions. The government taps all phones, always looking for the same thing: “Sympathizers,” “Invalids,” and love. Sympathizers are people who believe in love and Invalids are those who believe in love as well, but who defy the government and live in the Wilds. A treatment is enforced for everyone who reaches the age of eighteen to have a procedure called the “Cure.” The procedure will take any feelings of love away. The main character and narrator, Lena Haloway only has ninety-five days left until her treatment, until she is given the cure; then she meets Alex, a boy from the “Wilds”, living under the government’s radar and then everything changes. Lena has had to watch love destroy her mother, and she isn’t about to make the same mistake her mother made. She starts out as a perfect citizen who follows the rules, before slowly turning into a rebel, basically defying the government. She is told from a young age…