Book review: “Delirium”

Reviewed by Jessica Becnel

Delirium by Lauren Oliver tells the story of a girl named Lena and her struggle in the dystopian society characterized by a lack of love.

Throughout the novel, Lena must decide whether to conform to her society’s beliefs or go against the only life she has very known.

In Lena’s world, love is considered a disease, known as amor deliria nervosa. The government has decided the root of all of the world’s problems has stemmed from love, from divorce to murder. She and her best friend Hana are quickly approaching their “cure”, a procedure which will make her incapable of love. However, Lena is a little different than her peers. Her mother was labeled a sympathizer, or citizen who resisted the cure. All Lena had ever wanted was the cure, until she met Alex. He’s the mysterious guy that can make her stomach flip with one glance, and  once he enters her life, everything she has ever known is put into question.

Personally, I thought Delirium was an amazing, unpredictable read. I enjoy books that leave my mind wondering long after I turn the final page, and this novel did just that. It was a page-turner from start to finish, and I would highly recommend it to any-age reader whom enjoys good love story with a twist.

Jessica Becnel is a junior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys relaxing on the beach, watching movies, and spending time with friends.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly during the summer in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.

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