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The Program by Suzanne Young
Transcript of The Program by Suzanne Young
I chose this book because it was a recommendation from a friend, and many people seemed to like it.
Sloane Barstow- Sloane is the female protagonist of the book and is 17 years old. We learn in the beginning of the book that her brother Brady had committed suicide a year earlier, and she is now dating his best friend James. She gets put into The Program 6 months shy of turning 18 after her parents turn her in.
James Murphy- James is the male protagonist of the book and is 17 years old as well. He was the best friend of Sloane's brother Brady before he committed suicide, and is now dating Sloane. James is described as being very strong emotionally and able to be the rock for Sloane. He is flagged after the death of his and Sloane's friend Miller commits suicide and is put into The Program only 3 months before his 18th birthday.
Michael "Realm"- Realm is the male antagonist of the story and is already in The Program when he and Sloane meet. We don't know his age but he is not yet 18 or else he wouldn't be in The Program. We learn later in the story that Realm is actually no longer in The Program, but is helping them with getting patients to embrace The Program by becoming close with them. He tries to have a relationship with Sloane but she declines because she feels like there is someone else, even though she herself can not remember.
Sloane lives in a world where teen suicide is a world wide epidemic. She must put on a brave face and knows better than to cry in front of anyone or show any signs of depression. After losing her brother to suicide, her boyfriend James was the only person she could be open to with her emotions. When James is put into The Program, Sloane is no longer able to hide her emotions and soon ends up in The Program as well. While in The Program Sloane meets Realm and she has a choice between remembering her past, or finally being "healed".
"...some things are better left in the past. And true things are destined to repeat themselves."
This is my favorite quote in the book because it helps us understand that if things are meant to be they will be. No matter the situation or circumstances, real, true things will happen.
About the Author
Suzanne Young is a New York Times best-selling author who is also a high school English teacher in Tempe, Arizona. She has written
A Need So Beautiful
The Naughty List
1) Love will find a way- We see this theme throughout the book with all the struggles that Sloane and James go through and how they always end up together despite all the hardships.
2) The whole is more important than the individual- This is demonstrated from the very beginning of the book when we first learn what The Program is. The government does not seem to care about the individual person and their feelings, but instead just stopping the suicide epidemic with a "solution" of erasing memories of sadness.
3) Censorship- The government doesn't allow teenagers to feel any normal emotions of sadness or depression, especially after traumatic loses like the suicide of family members or friends. The government in the book seems to believe that not giving those in The Program the choice of remembering the past is the only solution to the problem of teen suicide.
The Program by Suzanne Young
Young Adult > Dystopian
Leigh Ann Curry
Other Important Facts
The readers have no knowledge of past events.
The suicide epidemic is spreading from teens to adults.
Parents can turn in their children to The Program, or they can be flagged for emotions of sadness.
I would give The Program an 8 out of 10. I really enjoyed the book and it kept me interested the whole time. The book could be for both genders, but may be more suited to girls because of the romance between Sloane and James.
Goodreads, . "The Program Quotes." Goodreads. N.p.. Web. 29 Sep 2014. <https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/16297209-the-program>.
Young, Suzanne. "About Me." Suzanne Young. N.p.. Web. 29 Sep 2014. <http://suzanne-young.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html>.