Panic by Sharon M. Draper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It took me a long time to finish this book on audio. It was so intense and disturbing that I couldn't listen to it for very long at a stretch. However, it was also exciting and definitely has great suspense that will make you keep coming back for more. It's about a girl who is abducted, so it's very disturbing, even though the most graphic scenes are, well, not very graphic. Everything is very discrete, as much as you can be about child abduction, rape, and pornography.
Sometimes the other characters seemed a little childish, though. Like when one girl thinks "She knew she was being a butt." That's fine for a middle schooler or something, but for a girl who is pretty worldy (abusive boyfriend, dad in prison), I thought she probably would not be afraid to say 'bitch.' The word (and others) are used pretty widely here, so why the sudden coyness? There were several moments like this, where a character's internal dialogue didn't ring true. But overall, it was well written. I did enjoy it, despite the heavy topics.
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