The Program, Suzanne Young


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  1. bachbooks Says:

    The United States faces an epidemic of adolescent suicides, and parents and communities are so desperate to stop the deaths they turn to The Program at the first sign of depression in teens. The Program’s pharmaceutical in-patient treatment claims a 100% success rate, but it amounts to a drug induced lobotomy which purges patients of all “unpleasant” memories. Oregon teenager Sloane Barstow already lost her brother and a close friend to suicide and two other close friends to The Program. Without her friends to lift her spirits, Sloane finds herself slipping closer and closer to The Program herself.

    I tried to explain the premise of The Program to my mom, and she made a “That sounds awful” face. It does sound awful, and I struggled with the repetitive storyline of crisis, comfort, and loss in the first part of the book, but the author hooked me with the middle section and had me eager to find out how it all would end. (Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Romeo and Juliet meets A Clockwork Orange meets Divergent.) Despite its premise, this book deals more with teen romance than suicide or death. I would like to know more about the how and why of the epidemic, and I may get more information in the sequel, or I may be disappointed. The Program does address significant themes of friendship, memory, identity, loss, and control, but love overshadows them all.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Romeo and Juliet, Twilight, Divergent, A Clockwork Orange

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