Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | Review

July 16, 2015 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 7 Comments

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | ReviewVanishing Girls
by Lauren Oliver
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: March 10th 2015 by HarperCollins
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover
3.5 Stars
Source: Purchased

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.


This book is probably the hardest book I’ve tried explaining how I feel about. I almost didn’t do this review because I didn’t know exactly how to explain my feelings but I did my best.

Let me first start by saying that overall Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver was a fairly good read. When I picked up this book I only knew what the summary says, this was a book about two sisters that used to be really close but then a bunch of things happen among them a car accident and now they don’t even look at each other. This book is the first ever Lauren Oliver book I have ever read and personally I don’t know if I like her writing style. It was really hard for me to get into the story. I felt like I kept reading a bunch of pages and a lot of things happened but to me they felt like they didn’t connect and it took a long time to get some answers (when I say a long time, I mean I looooong time, like end of the book long) Personally, I don’t like that, I get the idea behind keeping things hidden and trying to give it a mystery sort of feel but I think she went a little overboard. Most of the time I just really wanted to know what was happening and get it over with.

Another thing was that I felt like it was just a big mess, let me explain, this book has dual points of views, it jumps from before and after and it has pictures, diary entries and website post. This plot has so much going on that for me it was hard to keep up. Most of the time I was either trying to remember when/who was talking or I was asking myself or rather the book (yes, I talk to the book, let’s pretend its normal and move on) why what was happening was relevant to the plot.

I personally feel like the idea of the website post, diary post and all those little extra things where a nice and refreshing idea. I have never read a book with this kind of additions to it so it was a fun and I really enjoyed it.

Okay now comes the complicated part of this review. The ending of the book/ the big plot twist. I really don’t know what to say. In a way I liked it, I felt like it was good but at the same time I feel like this book had so much going on already that it could have gone in a different direction and still be good.

Like I said a fairly good read and I can say that I did enjoy it. I’m going to be looking at other peoples review and opinions so if you have a review comment leave a link below or if you have read this book let me know what you think.

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

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7 responses to “Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver | Review

    • Gaby

      Yeah. I agree completely,I sort of figured it out but I was hoping that it wasn’t what I was thinking.

    • Gaby

      thank you! 🙂 I mean if your interest and sounds like something you would like give it a try maybe you’ll like it more than I did.

  1. I really want to read this mainly because it’s a Lauren Oliver book. I have heard it can be a bit confusing but didn’t realize it had the diary posts and pictures and such. I am just interested to see what it is and what the plot twist is – Great review!

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  2. I loved this one, though I do know what you mean, it took some time to get used to the format. But I really adored Nick, and even though I did kind of figure some of the stuff out, I still really liked it! But I am a huge Lauren Oliver fan, so that helps too 😉

  3. Enjoyed your review, Gabriela. I’ve yet to read anything by Lauren Oliver, although I do own the Delirium trilogy. I’ve seen such incredibly mixed reviews of her books and her writing. It almost seems to be a love it or hate it kind of thing with her writing. When you mentioned going for pages and pages with no much happening.. eh, that might have done it for me there. When it feels like a plot isn’t moving forward or there’s just nothing happening I really start to consider putting it aside. Maybe one of these days I’ll pick up Delirium and see what I think of her writing myself.

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