Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.


Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.


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.


Ugh. This is the first time I’m forcing myself to write a review—even with books I hate, I usually jump on first thing to write about what I liked and what I didn’t like. But this book? I don’t know. I didn’t hate it, I was pretty invested with the story in the beginning.


The sister-dynamic with Nick and Dara was really interesting to read about. They loved each other to bits, but at the same time, they’re both jealous of one another. They always look at the qualities that the other siblings had instead of what they already had.

“Sometimes people stop loving you. And that’s the kind of darkness that never gets fixed.”

And then it just got whiny.


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You see, that’s not what really disappointed me about this book. What really disappointed me about this book was this: this book is 357 pages. We know for sure that Dara’s disappeared by page 220-ish. So . . . like 220 pages of just reaching the actual premise of this book.

“That's the problem with therapists: you have to pay them to say the same dumb shit other people will tell you for free.”   

To be honest, I knew the ending. I guess that now it seems to be a trend to have some kind of ending that is supposed to blow your brains into outer space or something, but I’d already predicted the ending which was:


(1) Dara is doing the vanishing from the conflict between her and Nick


(2) Nick is hallucinating everything and is an unreliable narrator 




(3) Dara is a paranormal thing that’s not real—and she’s seeing the past.

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The other thing that annoyed me about the ending was that there were so many loose-ends that weren’t tied up. Usually, with an ending like that, the reader’s questions are all answered. And, you understand everything and it links back in together. But, with this one I was confused. Here’s why:


If Dara had been a ghost the entire time, then why?



We don’t actually see Dara becoming free? What happened there?



What the hell was it with Dara’s family not realizing their second child is dead? Did no one realize that Dara is not dead?



Why was Nick to only one sent to rehab if Dara was talking to everyone?



Why did the disappearance of Madeline Snow have to be so weird?



Nick figures out that the police have caught someone from “the photography circle” when she realizes a comment from one of the posts saying: he likes young girls. She then states that the comment looked like it was written in a hurry because there was no proper grammar or punctuation. FIRST OF ALL, the comment was under an article that suspected another guy. SECOND OF ALL, I’ve see SO MANY PEOPLE WRITE WITHOUT PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR ON THE INTERNET. SO HOW?  

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Overall, I thought that Vanishing Girls was kind of disappointing. I didn’t see the whole “mystery” or “thriller” aspect. If you want to read this and try it out, then you should go ahead, but I wouldn’t be recommending this to people who are a big fan of mystery.


Thanks for reading everyone, and hope you all have a great day!