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Apr 10, 2014

My thoughts on: The Program by Suzanne Young.



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.
My thoughts.
 I loved it, madly.

I might be a little crazy, but the main reason why I didn't read this book before was because I don't like the colors of the cover. I hate the yellow, and somehow the cover wasn't attractive for me.
No... Wait, I'm crazy because I didn't even have a printed copy of this book, I read it in my kindle app.
So, why on the earth the cover bothered me? I still don't know.
Anyway, I'm so happy I read this book!
First, I read the Chapter 1 (curiosity).
Then, I got more curious.
Then, I wasn't able to put it down.
In the past years, since I'm a reader, I've read a lot of dystopian books, and while reading The Program I wasn't sure if it was dystopian or not. It felt like it, but at the same time, it didn't.

What is true is that Suzanne Young impressed me. I've read A need so beautiful and I remember I loved it, I remember it was sad. And so was The Program. It was sad, heartbreaking, with wonderful dialogues and amazing characters.
But what I loved more about this book is that it felt so real.
I had depression once, and I think that Suzanne got all the feelings perfectly. Sloane, was real, her feelings were real.

I'm really blown away by this book. It isn't what I expected.
It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me FEEL.
The Program is one of the best books I’ve read. It was a surprise, but I’m happy to be surprised. I really hope The Treatment is as good as this one.
And the best of all… I won’t have to wait a whole year to know how the story ends!


  1. Whoa for some reason I never made the connection between Suzanne Young writing A Need So Beautiful! I loved that. I really want to read this one- I actually adore the yellow. I feel like yellow is one of the more underrated colours out there :p Books that make you feel are the best. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  2. At first I didn't know it was the same author until I visited her blog.
    I hope you give this a chance!


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