Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Guest Post: Love Sick

Hi everyone! It’s Molly again from Pop.Bop.Shop. I find myself very much looking forward to my monthly appearance over here on Stephanie’s Bookmark.

One of the best things about being friends with Stephanie (aside from her mad cooking and baking skills) is that she’s an excellent book recommender.  One hundred times more effective than Amazon’s recommendation engine, Stephanie always know exactly which books I’ll love and she also has a freakish sense for which books will go on to become television shows and movies.

A few months ago Stephanie recommended I read a book called DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver. It’s a Young Adult novel (YA, as they say in the book world) and I have to admit, I was hesitant. Though the plot sounded intriguing, I sometimes find YA books kind of . . . boring.

Well, sure enough, DELIRIUM sucked me in. Much like TWILIGHT or THE HUNGER GAMES, DELIRIUM has its own universe with its own set of very detailed rules. In this reality, love is a disease that needs to be cured. Upon graduating high school, the new crop of 18-year-old residents are sent to a lab to be numbed forever. Since they won’t ever feel genuine love again, they are paired with a match who will become their spouse. Depressing isn’t it?

The story centers around Lena, a girl whose mother was taken away because she refused to be cured. Lena is petrified of realizing the same fate as her mother and goes out of her way to embrace the cure.

That is until she meets Alex.

Let me stop for a second and say that when it comes to love and romance, I am a 13 year old. I still wish and hope for all those cheesy things you see in movies. It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s true. 

So, as I followed the story of young Lena and Alex, I found myself completely consumed. I blushed at their first kiss. I got sweaty palms when he brought her back to his special hide out. You get the picture.

Of course once Lena finds love she’s less into the cure (you saw that coming) and what transpires in those final 30 pages is shocking. In fact, I finished the book on a flight and when I landed Stephanie was picking me up at the airport. I got into the car and screamed, “If I knew it was going to end like that, I never would have agreed to read it!”

Thankfully, DELIRIUM is the first book of a three part series, so though I think I know how it ended, Stephanie hinted there may be hope.

While I was skeptical of this YA series at first, I have to admit, Lauren Oliver totally hooked me. As I make my way through the next two books, I’ll share with you the evolution of the story.

Stay tuned for the next installment!

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