• Lameya Thomas

Book Review: 'Panic' by Sharon M. Draper


Sharon M. Draper brings you into the world of reality in one of her twisted and gripping novels, “Panic.” Known to be one of the New York Times' bestselling authors, she is an American children’s writer and professional educator. Also, she is a five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner for her books on the African-American experience.

Diamond Landers has a reason to dance at the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy. Even the pure thoughts of becoming a famous dancer beyond the doors of the studio spark her eye. It’s every dancer's dream. Nothing could get in the way of that, right?

On an innocent trip to the mall with friends, Diamond meets a handsome stranger who claims to be in need of a dancer for a movie he is directing that night. Diamond knows not to talk to strangers, but this is her future career they are talking about. At least that’s what she thinks. Instead, she gets kidnapped and held against her will. Back at home, her friends become trapped in their own nightmares, from an abusive relationship to being bullied at school.

As a CHS student, I personally think Draper’s motive in writing this book was to show how power can quickly be taken from us. However, the plot will throw you for a loop and have you confused from one character to the next. There were times when I had to put the book down and re-read to understand the point of each event. On a positive note, “Panic” teaches you that no matter how bad the circumstance or any situation going on within your life, you will eventually move forward.

Overall, I give this book 3.8 out of 5 due to the possible misunderstandings of the plot and character

perspectives, but I do recommend it.