Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars

What I Didn't Like: This is simply a personal thing; I tend to not like books that are overly detailed. I thought this had way too many details and descriptions that weren't really needed -- like how the trees look at night or how the wind blows or something like that. It made some of the chapters dragging. This resulted to the book being a bit of a slow read for me.
I also sort of thought that it was a bit predictable; I already knew what was going to end up happening even by just reading the first few chapters or so.

What I Loved: Lauren Oliver is a great writer; I don't think anybody can argue with that whether or not they liked her books. She is a natural story teller; one that can develop her plot line and her characters quite effortlessly and flawlessly. She took a story line, such as this - that could have been way too cheesy or juvenile if handled by someone else - and was able to turn it into something fresh, original, and entertaining. I thought it was unpretentious and genuine, intriguing and interesting. I was into the story, despite the fact that it was a bit predictable. Of course it didn't hurt that I did like the main character, Lena, and absolutely loved her best friend, Hana, as well.

Overall: While there were a few negative things here and there - like the pace being slow for me and the premise too predictable - the positive things definitely made up for it. At the end of the day, if somebody asks me what I thought of Delirium, I'd say it was very good and that I really enjoyed reading it. It might not be for everybody, and is not necessarily a favorite of mine, but it sure was a good, entertaining, and sincere story. I really liked it, and recommend it for anyone who enjoys YA; both teens and mature YA readers.


  1. Hey hun! Really? I actually found it quite fast paced, glad you warmed to it overall though :)

  2. I really liked it, a lot better than Matched. Great review, short and to the point.I like it!

  3. reading this right now! new follower! love the blog!

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  4. Iám going to read this, but I want to read her first book first. ;) Sad to hear that its got a slow pace, but glad to hear that it's really good. Great review.

  5. Hopefully I will read this soon as I loved her first book and really want to read this one.

  6. I really need to read this one! Thank you for your honest review! :)

  7. I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. Jules

  8. Aly - Yes, I liked it. Glad you did too :)

    Katie - I did like Matched, but yes, I did sort of like this one a bit better.

    Lindsaywrites - Thank you! I hope you like the book.

    Nina - I highly recommend Before I Fall! One of my favs in 2010.

    Jenny - I loved Before I Fall; one of my favorites in 2010. It's not as good, but I still liked it.

    Holly - Yes, I recommend it. I think you will like it :)

    Jules - Glad you liked it as well!

  9. Great Review I'm definitely going to have to read this book!