Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Program by Suzanne Young

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the program coverIn this exhilarating dystopian thriller, teen suicide is an epidemic that is spreading like a virus on a global scale. “The Program” is the only successfully proven method of treatment, but the treatment comes at a high price. Slone, our young protagonist, has survived the suicide of her own brother and witnessed the devastating aftermath of “The Program”. The rumors about the program spread throughout her high school. They brainwash the patients. They take out bits of your brain. They make you forget everyone. When her former classmates and even her best friend, Lacey, return from their treatments stripped of all their memories and acting like different people, Slone and her Boyfriend, James, do everything they can to keep from being taken. Hiding their emotions is harder than it sounds. Slone starts to believe James’ theory: that the depression might be some kind of sickness. It’s hard to stay out of The Program when everyone, including herself, begins to lose their battle with depression.

A powerful tale of the basic building blocks of teenage emotion—love and fear—The Program will take you on a psychological journey that will keep you guessing how it will end and ask the question:

Can love survive anything?

Check the PPLC Catalog for The Program.

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