Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review and Giveaway: The Program by Suzanne Young

The Program
by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse
on April 30, 2013
Hardcover: 416 pages

"...sometimes... the only real thing is now." ~ The Program

About 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.


When I first read the premise of this book, I was a little nervous, and skeptical. A book about suicide. How is that going to work? But I know people who have read Suzanne Young, and love her other books, and I have seen a lot of good reviews on this one, plus, I am not one to judge a book by its cover, or cover blurb. Plus, as I have stated many times before, I am always on the lookout for the next great book.

And I think I have found one with The Program. It starts out a bit Delirium-like, in that there is an "epidemic", in this case suicide, that the kids who start showing symptoms of becoming "infected" have to go into a facility to help save them from themselves by altering them. But there is also a bit of mystery and suspense involved in that I found myself questioning everyone who Sloane came in contact with while in "The Program", and if their intentions were to truly help her. I find myself now even wondering what is really the plan for those who have gone through it. What, really, is The Program hoping to accomplish? Outwardly, it seems to help the kids who go through it. They seem content and are nowhere close to wanting to kill themselves. But at what cost happiness. And if they don't know what unhappiness is, how do they know that they are happy?

And how effective do those in charge think this program is going to be? If you erase someone's memories from their mind, do they still physically remember something? Just because someone's mind is altered, are their feelings as well?  And if something is truly meant to be, won't it happen that way whether you remember it or not?

This book is brilliantly written. The web that is woven between the characters is so intricate, that I couldn't help but hope that everything would be the same. That there would be a way for them to overcome the system and keep their memories. Rebel and show them that there are flaws in The Program. Whether this happened or not, I will not divulge. That is something you will all have to find out for yourselves.

I absolutely loved this book. I think it is definitely a contender for one of the best books of the year for me. I really want to know what happens next.

I also mentioned a giveaway.... Two lucky people will each win one copy of The Program. And believe me when I say you want to read this book. So be sure to enter at the end of this post for your chance to be one of the lucky winners!

About the author
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked. 

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  1. OMG!!! I have been DYING to read this book!! The first time I had seen it and read the synopsis I was like, I HAVE to read this book!! It sounds SO, SO GOOD!!! I'm definitely crossing my fingers for this giveaway!! THANK YOU so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

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  3. Woww this book sounds intense! Definitely sounds like something I'd like to read so will be adding this to my TBR pile :) Great review!

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