Vanishing Girls

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A few years ago my mom became convinced that the kitchen was slanted. She would line up frozen peas and show Dara and me how they rolled from one end of the counter to the other. Dad thought she was crazy. They got in a big fight about it, especially since he kept stepping on peas whenever he went barefoot to the kitchen for water at night. It turned out Mom was right.

Finally she had someone take a look at the foundation. Because of the way the ground had settled, it turned out our house leaned a half inch to the left -- not enough to see, but enough to feel. I have to lean on the handle before it will open. The hallway is dark and smells faintly sour. Perkins, our sixteen-year-old tabby, lets out a plaintive meow and trots down the hall, twining himself around my ankles. At least someone is happy to see me.

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I dump my bags in the hall, careful to avoid the mud splatter, and make my way toward the kitchen, the whole time imagining Dara: Dara on the phone, Dara with knees up in the windowsill, Dara with new streaks of color in her hair. Dara waiting for me, ready to forgive.

But in the kitchen, I find Mom alone.

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There are two mugs, both half-filled with coffee now showing a milk-white sheen, and a plate with a piece of half-eaten toast on it. Mom sighs and takes a seat across from me. Her skin is chalky and dry, and the bags under her eyes are a bruise-y yellow color. The roots are showing at her scalp.

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

For a second I have the worst, most vicious thought: No wonder Dad left. He left even before things got shitty. Afterward, sure. When Dara got metal pins in her kneecaps and swore she would never speak to me again, and when Mom went silent for weeks and started taking sleeping pills every night and waking up too groggy to go to work and the hospital bills kept coming, kept coming, like autumn leaves after a storm.

Ever since I started work again I woke up in the hospital and she was holding me, rocking me like a baby, repeating it over and over. Like she had anything to do with it. Mom clears her throat.

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Vanishing Girls book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the ac. New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a raw and heart- pounding story, perfect for fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars or Gillian Flynn's Sharp.

Anger itches its way up through my skin. Most days the whole mall is empty except for moms in spandex pushing baby strollers, and even when they come to the Palladium they never order anything but Diet Coke. Amazing that my parents can only find time to stop hating each other to team up against me.


Like stimulated, that word is parent-speak for: supervised at all times and bored out of your mind. A crease appears between her eyebrows, as if someone has just pressed a thumb to her skin. She stands up, cinching her bathrobe a little tighter. Mom runs summer-school sessions Monday through Thursday. Since the name makes it sound like a strip club, everyone calls it FanLand. I almost add, You never make Dara do anything , but I refuse to mention her, just like I refuse to ask where she is.

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Lichme thinks. It's all my fault The lying is the hardest part, isn't it? Dara agrees to this even though she's not happy about the idea. By July 28, Nick has settled into her job at FanLand. She's now playing the part of a mermaid in the park's pirate singing show. Parker and Nick have mended their relationship, eating lunch together at work and taking breaks together. The evening before the park's anniversary party, Nick and Parker are assigned garbage duty to clean the park.

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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. Nick hasn't seen Dara in the two days she's been home. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. These sort of gimmicks rarely work and in this case it was an epic fail. 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. Mom and Dad moved Dara from the ground-floor bedroom to the attic in the middle of freshman year, thinking it would be harder for her to sneak out at night.

While passing the closed Gateway ride, Nick thinks she hears someone humming and wonders if the ride is truly haunted. Before leaving for the night, Parker and Nick spend some time together at the wave pool when Nick asks Parker if he still loves her sister. Parker admits that he never was truly in love with her but that he misses her. Later that night Parker shows up drunk at the Warren home and convinces Dara to spend a few minutes talking with him in his car. He tells Dara that he loves her but when he calls out Nick's name she is furious and leaves. The next day is July 29th, Dara's seventeenth birthday.

Nick arranges a special surprise for her sister, asking her to meet her at the Gateway to Heaven ride at 10pm when FanLand is closing. Dara is not in her room in the morning and later on in the day does not show at a family dinner at a restaurant.

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Nick believes she saw Dara getting on a bus to FanLand and when she arrives at the restaurant she tells her parents and her Aunt Jackie that Dara is not coming because their family no longer exists due to their father leaving. Nick leaves the restaurant and returns home later on to confront Dara but she's still not home. She returns to FanLand in the hopes of meeting Dara at 10pm but when she doesn't show Nick begins to wonder if Dara is in trouble. But what if she didn't? What if something bad happened? What if, what if, what if. The drumbeat of the past four years of my life.

The pictures were sent March 26, the day before the accident. Nick begins to suspect that these pictures contain the truth of what happened before the accident, events she cannot remember. It is a journey that will finally uncover her sister's darkest secret, lead her to find Madeline Snow and help her to recover her own identity and heal. However, this novel is one of several recent young adult novels that deals with dissociative identity in teenagers.

Dissociation, which sometimes occurs as a result of severe trauma, is a complex illness that is often misunderstood and often poorly treated. It's a difficult condition to write into a story but Lauren Oliver is up to the task in Vanishing Girls. The story, like the main character, is further fragmented by narratives that are labelled Before and After, in reference to this accident. The Before narratives by both girls provide the backstory to their lives; Nick the good older sister and Dara, the wild younger girl who parties and has plenty of boyfriends. We learn from this backstory that a sort of love triangle developed between Nick, Dara and Parker.

They all started out as childhood friends, but Dara changed the parameters of the friendship when she began hooking up with Parker. Product Details About the Author. About the Author. Show More. Average Review.

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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