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In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
Includes a bonus interview with the author.
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Umwerfende charakterbasierte Geschichte!
This is one of the books I did not expect to like. I'm sure I came across it several times before finally picking it up. It was only when I read that one review written by an annoyed teen claiming the protagonists had sex *all the time* (now that's... eh ... clearly distgusting, chuckle) I finally decided to give it a go. So, thank you for this, girl! I got myself a free preview - and was sold. This book is a little gem. I love stories that are character-driven and this one clearly is. It has got heart and soul in all the right places. The characterization is brilliant, the protagonists and their actions believable. I felt their pain, I feared for them, I cried with them.
Do the protagonists have actual sex in front of the reader? Nope. It is hinted at. And it is an integral part of Sloane's and James' lovestory. They're 17 (almost 18), they have a healthy relationship and they act responsible, that's it. Get over it.
It's a shame that the end seemed to be a bit rushed and it obviously hints at a much weaker sequel. (view spoiler) I wish the author would've come up with something more original. But seen as a standalone and for the way it made me feel, this book was great!
On a sidenote: The audiobook is very worthwhile as well! Loved the narrator!