Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on March 10th 2015
ISBN: 9780062224101
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

Two sisters grow up BFFs with the neighbor boy and the three are wonderful childhood friends, until one kisses the boy, the other is jealous, and the boy is confused. Fast forward to the present day, where the story is told in alternating points of view, interspersed with diary entries and news clippings. There was an accident, the family fractured, and now Nick is trying to patch her life back together.

She moves back home with her mother, is given a job at the local carnival, and can’t get her sister to talk to her. Then a nine-year-old goes missing, and Nick’s life gets more complicated than she ever wanted it to be.

Most of Vanishing Girls is about how screwed up Nicole and Dara’s relationship is, full of drama and emotion and tension and angst. So much so that you know there’s something coming down the pipe, because that’s how Lauren Oliver rolls. Vanishing Girls is such an engrossing read that I flipped through the pages as quickly as I could to find out what’s going on. I couldn’t put it down, and the payoff was definitely worth it. Oh, what a doozy it was.

I can’t wait to see how Lauren Oliver tries to mess with my mind next.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Vanishing Girls? What did you think?

About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA novels Before I Fall and Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee. Lauren’s novel Panic has been optioned for film by Universal Studios. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.


  1. I’ve been looking forward to this! I really like Before I Fall. The trilogy was good too, but I read Fall twice and really got caught up in the way she set it up.

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