11.3.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  





today's blurb



Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads

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.

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. 


the blurb:  shredded 

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.  (Okay, I'm interested.  "Inexorably" is an interesting word, though.  Like, their alteration can't be stopped?  I'm confused.) 

Dara and Nick (Yes, boys names for girls are cute and edgy.  We get it.) used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. (Okay, I'm back again.  So Dara's beauty was important to her, and the scarring was a huge problem.  It also suggests to me that it was somehow Nick's fault, or at least Dara sees it that way.) When Dara vanishes on her birthday, (This time jump is confusing.  How long has it been since the accident?) Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. (Why would she be playing around?  Particularly since she and Nick aren't sisterly anymore.  You don't usually "play around" with people you hate.) But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, (The time is weird here.  It would be stronger to say, "When another girl vanishes, Nick becomes..."  Also, do we need to know her name?  Or her age?  This seems like too much, and it obscures the main point.) and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked.  (How come?  Is it shortly after?) Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.  (Ugh, if I never read "before it's too late" by itself again, it'd be too soon.  Before it's too late for what?  This is such a weak throwaway phrase that could be punched up by being more specific.)  

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.  (Wait, so we get Dara's perspective too?  Huh?  I'm lost.)  

"Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on." -- E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. 



the verdict 
3/5 stars

would i read it?:  yes

I'm not a huge fan of this blurb, but the meat in it sounds compelling enough that I'll grab it.  Plus, I trust Lauren Oliver.  Honestly, I don't know if I'd be as gung ho to read it if I hadn't recognized the author.  The set-up is intriguing, but there are so many questions about what actually goes on in the book.  Does Nick go investigating?  Is Dara trying to find her too?  Do we get Dara's perspective?  Is the accident related to the vanishing?  What's with the birthday?  Is that important?  Obviously, I don't expect all the answers.  I just feel like all I know about the plot is that Dara vanishes and Nick tries to find her.  Also, why does Nick have to find her?  What about the cops?  Do they think she's crazy?  Without some of this detail, the blurb reads to me like any generic mystery.  I want something that stands out.  



your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  



some previous breakdowns 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
She's Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine



1 comment:

  1. Please note that Vanishing Girls is a novel originally published by HarperCollins, in 2012, by Katia Lief. Some of my readers have expressed confusion, since it's the same title and the same publisher, and so I am spreading the word.

    "Vanishing Girls is powerful, provocative, and pulsating with verve; it also marks an evolution of character and circumstance that should serve the series well in future installments. Further, Karin Schaeffer is both complex and compelling, and arguably one of the strongest female figures in contemporary crime fiction—and her absolute strength of will is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit."
    —John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner

    http://katialief.com/vanishing-girls.php

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