Review: Panic

Jul •  22 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: PanicPanic by Lauren Oliver
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on March 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

When this book first landed in my hands, I thought it was some sort of drug or dream universe. I honestly did not expect it to be the ultimate dare.

Plot: This is about a small town that offers one thing: Freedom. That freedom comes with a price. The price of a bet worth thousands of dollars and only one person wins. In order to when this obscene amount of money you must complete dares. Now these aren’t just small dares. They are dangerous. The more you complete you make it to the next level. Not all make it to the next level. Some get seriously hurt and other times they die. Since it is in a small town, the cops act like they don’t know about it. But if your caught, its jail time. I have to admit that this premise alone in the first chapter suddenly took me in.

Panic: Panic derives from fear. You get dares on doing very dangerous and stupid things. Yet it is every entertaining to watch it all go down. It played like a movie in my mind, watching these competitors compete for their freedom. Some wanted they money to just be rich but others wanted it cause they needed a head start to leave the small town. So I can get their motives. Half-way through the book I felt it so connected with characters. I felt their fear but most of all their yearning to leave that small town and that panic was their only answer.

Ending: I think this story played out very well. Between the dares and the drama ensuing their everyday lives, I felt like this story has a lot to give to the reader. The relationships these characters has to trouble to that came upon them, Panic is certainly a story that plays out differently then most YA books. An equally effective story, Panic is great.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Oh I’ve heard some good things about this book series and now that you enjoyed it, I really need to check this one out. No more fence sitting! 😉 Brilly review!

  2. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Jul 23, 2014

    I liked this book, basically, but at the end it got a little unbelievable….

  3. Candace
    Jul 24, 2014

    This is probably the best review I’ve seen for this one. It seems like most every review I read was negative. So I have held off getting it. I love Lauren though so your review makes me happy!

  4. Wendy Darling
    Jul 31, 2014

    This sounds like such a cool premise. I think reviews have been mostly mixed, so it’s nice to see that you liked this! I like Lauren Oliver’s writing, though, so I’d definitely like to try this sometime.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden