Book Five: The Program Readalong {+ a giveaway}

Welcome to the fifth book check in for my Readalong of The Program series! Hopefully by now you have finished reading The Adjustment and are now ready to see how it all ends tomorrow in The Complication. It has been a privilege to do this readalong with you. If you were rereading or a new fan, I hope you enjoyed the journey.

For today’s last and final check-in for the readalong I’m going to let Suzanne close it out with a video she left on her author Facebook page. Because let’s face it, no one can put into words what a series means better than the person that put their heart and soul into the story:

I have been lucky enough to get to know Suzanne because of this series, these books and I will forever be grateful for them because of that. And as someone that has read The Complication, she nailed it, it is a love letter to her readers. Every word on the pages is for us and I’m thankful for it.

Thank you, Suzanne!

Giveaway for a signed copy of The Adjustment ends at 11:59pm EST on April 29, 2018. It is US ONLY!

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Reading Schedule

The Program: March 17-March 25
Post/Giveaway Day for The Program: March 26
The Treatment: March 25 – April 1
Post/Giveaway Day for The Treatment: April 2
The Remedy: April 1 – April 8
Post/Giveaway Day for The Remedy: April 9
The Epidemic: April 8 – April 15
Post/Giveaway Day for The Epidemic: April 16
The Adjustment: April 15 – April 22
Post/Giveaway Day for The Adjustment: April 23

Now tell me, what did you think of The Adjustment? Are you prepared for The Complication?

 

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Book Four: The Program Readalong {+ a giveaway}

Welcome to the fourth book check in for my Readalong of The Program series! Hopefully by now you have finished reading The Epidemic (I miss these characters already!) and have started on to book five, The Adjustment. You have until April 22nd to get to see what life is like after the Program has ended.

For today’s check-in for the readalong I did some looking around and found some fun foreign covers for the series. If you have seen my Anna and the French Kiss collection you know I’m a fan of international covers. I admit I was sad when I couldn’t find a ton of options but the ones I did find I thought were very interesting:

Russian

Dutch

Polish

Italian

I must admit that the Russian ones are the covers I find the most interesting. They are very similar to the US version but just off enough. And I’m not sure Sloane would ever wear the shirt in the cover of The Treatment.

Do you have a favorite of the ones I posted?

Giveaway for a signed copy of The Epidemic ends at 11:59pm EST on April 22, 2018. It is US ONLY!

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Reading Schedule

The Program: March 17-March 25
Post/Giveaway Day for The Program: March 26
The Treatment: March 25 – April 1
Post/Giveaway Day for The Treatment: April 2
The Remedy: April 1 – April 8
Post/Giveaway Day for The Remedy: April 9
The Epidemic: April 8 – April 15
Post/Giveaway Day for The Epidemic: April 16
The Adjustment: April 15 – April 22
Post/Giveaway Day for The Adjustment: April 23

Now tell me, what did you think of The Epidemic? Hope you are enjoy this readalong!

 

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Book Three: The Program Readalong {2 giveaways}

Welcome to the third book check in for my Readalong of The Program series! Hopefully by now you have finished reading The Remedy (probably my favorite in the whole series) and have started on to book four, The Epidemic. You have until April 15th to get to know how closer lead to The Program and the suicide epidemic.

Since The Remedy is probably my fave of the series I was really blown away by how Suzanne connected the stories and the characters involved. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me so I could share some insight with you guys:

1) Even though The Remedy is the prequel to The Program, and is a completely different kind of story you managed to connect it to things that happened in The Program without it feeling forced. How difficult was that to do?

I’ll be honest, I didn’t intend to connect them. The Remedy was a new story about a girl who offers closure to grieving families. At the end, I wrote a few lines about how the world of The Remedy eventually lead to The Program, but in a subtle way. Sort of a nod to my readers. But the minute I reread the story… I realized how much they did connect. I contacted my publisher and we all realized how perfect it was!

And then I rewrote most of the book. But since it was a prequel, that helped keep it fresh without having too much trouble connecting the stories. Of course, it made writing the sequel—The Epidemic—extremely difficult. I had to write between two stories.

2) I know you came up for the idea for The Program by seeing a story about suicide clusters. How did you come up with the idea for The Remedy and the idea of a closer?

After my grandmother passed away, I was lost. I would have given ANYTHING for even five more minutes with her. It was that idea that lead to the concept of closers. I’d already done a lot of research on grief therapy because of The Program. The ideas came together. What if role play therapy grew more extreme? What if the person you loved could be “replaced” temporarily so that you could say all the things you needed to say? What if you could close that loop of grief?

I became obsessed with the idea of how complicated grief would make someone behave. The Remedy was born.

3) Quinlan is quite the interesting character. Without giving anything away, what was your inspiration for writing her?

Quinlan was fascinating for me to write. I loved everything about her. Her strength and her compassion, but also her vulnerability. She wanted a family. She wanted a life of her own—and to find that, she took over someone else’s. To me, the strongest part of the story is seeing her slowly lose herself in the role she’s playing. To see her love that family, and for them to love her back. It’s messed up, but you WANT her to have that life. Even if it’s not her own.

4) And because he is all sorts of imperfectly perfect, tell us a little more about my love, Deacon. You know you want to. 🙂

Deacon is exactly right for Quinlan. He’s a filthy liar; they all are. But he doesn’t play games—not intentionally. He’s obviously in love with her—desperately and stupidly in love with her—but there’s more going on. It’s about more than just them and he knows that.

He’s an excellent closer, but he doesn’t feel compassion for the families in the same way that Quinlan does. He’s argumentative, hates authority, and trusts only Quinn. He fights for her. He also breaks her heart.

He does what he thinks is right, but watching HIM get his heart broken is painful. And the payoff… well, to me the final chapter of The Remedy is worth the wait.

Those answers really shed some light on this book for me! Thank you Suzanne for taking the time to answer those. You are the best!

 

Giveaway for a signed copy of The Remedy ends at 11:59pm EST on April 15, 2018. It is US ONLY!

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Bonus Giveaway

If you have read The Remedy already you know that Quinlan has a Rolling Stone shirt that she becomes attached too. It is mentioned throught the book and becomes a part of who Quinn is. Well when Suzanne and I were together in DC for ApollyCon, she ran out one day and came across a shirt and purchased one for me to give away. The shirt is a size small. I think it could fit someone that is a smaller medium. This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 15, 2018. It is US ONLY!

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Reading Schedule

The Program: March 17-March 25
Post/Giveaway Day for The Program: March 26
The Treatment: March 25 – April 1
Post/Giveaway Day for The Treatment: April 2
The Remedy: April 1 – April 8
Post/Giveaway Day for The Remedy: April 9
The Epidemic: April 8 – April 15
Post/Giveaway Day for The Epidemic: April 16
The Adjustment: April 15 – April 22
Post/Giveaway Day for The Adjustment: April 23

Now tell me, what did you think of The Remedy? Hope you are enjoy this readalong!

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Book Two : The Program Readalong {giveaway}

Welcome to the second book check in for my Readalong of The Program series! Hopefully by now you have finished reading The Treatment and have started on to book three, The Remedy. You have until April 8th to get to know our new heroine, Quinlan. I honestly remember reading this next duology in the series and DMing Suzanne about what she was putting me through!

This week I’m showing off something really cool and fun that Suzanne did for her fans. Just last week she opened a Zazzle shop for her fans. A place were we can buy really cool merchandise with lines from The Program series. You can now buy shirts, stickers, prints and pins in this shop dedicated to the series I have become completely in love with.

Here are a few of my favorite products:

 

 If it's meant to be... pin

I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna have to spend some money over there soon. 🙂

Giveaway for a signed copy of The Treatment ends at 11:59pm EST on April 8, 2018. It is US ONLY!

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Reading Schedule

The Program: March 17-March 25
Post/Giveaway Day for The Program: March 26
The Treatment: March 25 – April 1
Post/Giveaway Day for The Treatment: April 2
The Remedy: April 1 – April 8
Post/Giveaway Day for The Remedy: April 9
The Epidemic: April 8 – April 15
Post/Giveaway Day for The Epidemic: April 16
The Adjustment: April 15 – April 22
Post/Giveaway Day for The Adjustment: April 23

Now tell me, what did you think of The Treatment? Hope you are enjoy this readalong!

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On My Radar – The Program Series (7)

If there is one series I think everyone needs to read/have on their radar it is The Program series by Suzanne Young.

My love for this series, and Suzanne Young, started back in 2013 only a month after The Program was released. I was completely blown away by the story and the care that Suzanne took with telling it.  It was a story that made me think and made me fall in love with a group of characters that I never expected to be so dear to me.

The series isn’t written as your typical series. Each story is a duology with the first two books released, The Program and The Treatment, actually being the middle part of the story. The Remedy and The Epidemic tells the story of what lead the The Program. And the final two books, The Adjustment (April 2017) and The Complication (2018) telling the story of after The Program. But all the pieces in each of the books tells a story as a whole. Every time I need a new book in this series I am blown away by Suzanne ability to connect it all together in a way you don’t expect but it just works.

Honestly I think this is one of those series that more people should read, and read them in the order of release, not chronological. They are really amazing and I know for one I will be sad when this particular series is over, and I don’t say that a lot about long series.

My Reviews: The Program, The Treatment, The Remedy, The Epidemic, The Adjustment to come later

On My Radar – The Program Series (7)The Program by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #1
Published by Simon Pulse
Published: March 4th 2014
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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.

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On My Radar – The Program Series (7)The Treatment by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #2
Published by Simon Pulse
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Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

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On My Radar – The Program Series (7)The Remedy by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #0.5
Published by Simon Pulse
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Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

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On My Radar – The Program Series (7)The Epidemic by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #0.6
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Can one girl help others find closure by slipping into the identities of their loved ones? Find out in this riveting sequel to The Remedy and companion to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his own, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

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On My Radar – The Program Series (7)The Adjustment by Suzanne Young
Series: The Program #3
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How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.

Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.

It wasn’t.

Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.

Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.

But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.

And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.

Prepare for your Adjustment.

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