Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Candor


Candor by Pam Bachorz
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 272
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

Summary: Stepford makes the perfect wife, but Candor teens are changed for life. Everything is perfect in the town of Candor, Florida. Teens respect their elders, do their chores, and enjoy homework...because they're controlled by subliminal messages. Only Oscar, the son of the town's founder, knows how to get kids out--for a price. But when Nia moves into town, Oscar is smitten. He can't stand to see her changed. Now he must decide to help Nia escape Candor and lose her forever, or keep her close and risk exposure...


This had been sitting in my to-be-read pile since last year, and I finally got around to picking it up. I was immensely glad I did. It might have been because I found myself fascinated with psychological behaviors and disorders, but I truly enjoyed this book. 


From the beginning, it did not have the premise of a normal young adult book. Its plot developed a gripping tale revolving around Oscar, the model-boy for the perfect teen. He completes his homework on time, gets perfect grades, and is friendly to everyone. His father is sending subliminal messages through music that plays all over town to force kids to follow these rules. Only Oscar knows how the system works, and only Oscar can save teens that move to this town. What I liked most about this novel was that it was twisted in a way that did not reveal the ending. While the characters normally draw me in, it was the plot that grabbed hold of me. I couldn't put this book down, and I am a sucker for books with un-perfect endings.