Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
Suicide, programs, and a life worth fighting for THE PROGRAM is a novel that will have you frustrated and sad at the same time.
If it meant living happily again, would you get your mind wiped clean? Until all that’s left of you is a shell, empty of everything that made you yourself?
Sloane knows that if she wants to be herself and not a shell of who she once was, she has to keep her emotions inside. Bottled up where they won’t have a chance of spilling over, and getting her sent to the Program. A place were depressed teens are sent to become better, a place where everything that made you sad is wiped clean from you, so you have no memory of who you’re friends are and that you were ever sad. A place where pretty much all the teen would rather die than go to.
I had absolutely no intentions of picking up THE PROGRAM, suicide and depression? Not me. Nuh-uh. But after getting voted twice on What’s Next and reading all the truck load of good reviews on Goodreads, I gave it a shot. And I’m glad I did. THE PROGRAM is too awesome for words to describe.
THE PROGRAM took a while for me to fall for, and when I did I was crying, smiling, and mind-forcing at the characters. There were parts that frustated me (in a totally good way), and all I wanted to do was scream as the characters went on there ways clueless of what was happening.
Sloane, wasn’t exactly a strong heroine, there were times when she was falling apart but still she was strong and fought for what was right. I loved sweet and cocky James, he went through alot and still he always tried to anchor the others. And I can’t say much about alot of the characters, but let’s just say that I hated Realm.
THE PROGRAM was one extremely emotional rollercoaster that left me excited, dizzy, and sniffling. The ending was a little rushed and could’ve had more time spent on, but it was still good.
Like I said, THE PROGRAM is too good for words, and you should definitely check it out. I can’t wait for THE TREATMENT, the name alone is making me giddy.