The Program (The Program #1) by Suzanne Young

Book Description

April 30, 2013
In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), 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.

Review –
I didn’t particularly like this book when I first started it but the more I read, the deeper I was drawn into the plot and the lives of Sloane, James, and Michael.
It would be a horrible thing to truly have one’s memories erased, not only the bad ones but the good one too.  That’s the goal of THE PROGRAM. James is taken first and after he is returned he doesn’t remember Sloane at all. This causes her anguish which results in her mother turning her in and while at THE PROGRAM Sloane is befriended by Realm, who on the surface seems like a terrific, caring, good-looking guy but she later learns that he AND others are “plants” to keep their eyes on patients in the six-week program. After she is returned and made to go to a NEW school( for those returned ) her meets James and neither remember the other or the love they previously shared. Sloane is warned to stay away from James but something about him calls to her and eventually he feels the same and they realize they had a shared past. At the end of the book they are on the run, heading East where they can seek safety and stay well from the suicide epidemic that is spreading to adults.    Can’t wait to read the next installment.     Great read!

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