Sunday, July 7, 2013

Panic by Sharon Draper

PanicThis book is pretty intense, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Diamond is part of a dance group and is kind of bummed when she doesn't get a bigger part in their upcoming presentation of Peter Pan. She meets a stranger at a food court who offers her a chance to audition for a part in the movie version of the same show. Bad choice. All of the bad things you were ever told about talking to strangers come true. Diamond is drugged and sexually assaulted, and her chances of surviving are very slim.

The main characters are dancers, and a large part of the plot revolves around Layla and her abusive boyfriend. Justin is a great, heroic character who is afraid to share his true feelings with Layla, but he is very willing to come to her defense. Again, although the description is not graphic, the plot is pretty intense. It's the not the kind of book you're necessarily going to read for enjoyment. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view.

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