The Program – Review

The Program

By Suzanne Young 

Expected Publication: April 2013

Length: 408 pages


Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Provided by Publisher for honest review

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Synopsis from Goodreads

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 Review:


I loved this book! There is an epidemic sweeping the under 18’s which is causing people to become depressed and commit suicide.  Sloane’s school introduces The Program to help combat it, People that are seen as being depressed are sent to an institution to have their memories wiped, and come out as a returner, all fresh and happy, not remembering anything about their past.

This story really makes you think, Because Suzanne does not go into details about the epidemic we don’t know what is causing it or even if there really is an epidemic, a lot of the kids that Suzanne knows that tries to commit suicide are depressed or scared to go into the program, The teens feel like they can’t show emotion at all because they will be flagged and sent to the program, some even stating that they would rather die than be wiped clean.  So my question is, Is the epidemic a product of the fear of going into the program, and not the program being a cure? what do you think if you have read the book?

This book would have been 5 hearts but for one reason, what is up with the ending? I hate confusing endings, and I know that it is to make you want to read the rest of the books but I felt like the ending was rushed a bit. and then I have no Idea what the epilogue was about.

Anyway you should really read this book, it is amazing.


4 thoughts on “The Program – Review

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    • I am a reader not a writer I want to read the ending not imagine what has happened when the next book comes out 😦 lol I hate confusing ending but the rest of the book is great

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