So I was contacted for an opportunity to read The Program by Suzanne Young with my fab book club that I told you all about. This was one of my anticipated reads for Spring so naturally I said HECK YES once book club all gave the nod that they were down for it. You all know that I read & really loved this one but I’d LOVE to share our Program themed book club meeting and some general thoughts from ALL of us! And then, of course, the giveaway at the end for you!!
Throwing A Themed Book Club Meeting For The Program!
So we went with a themed drink for book club — an adult beverage as we are an adult book club. In The Program, when you try to commit suicide or get flagged for have the “symptoms”, you are taking to the Program and your memory is wiped away. The drink I thought of immediately for that? The Mind Eraser! Let me tell you, book club didn’t need much of this concoction to see how this was aptly named The Mind Eraser. We are a responsible book club (people had to drive home!)so we didn’t allow ourselves to experience the full mind erasing qualities of this beverage but I think my husband saw the effects of it starting to take place when he came home from the gym. His words not mine: “Book club seemed really fun tonight. I would almost maybe join.” I think our neighbors seriously might hate us now because we were LOUD.
There were a few recipes for The Mind Eraser (one was a yummy sounding shot with melon liquor) but this is what we picked:
We had jelly beans & Skittles in the color of all the pills in The Program!
We loved the memories Sloane had with her dad getting ice cream (and we love ice cream) so naturally we ate some yummy cookies & cream ice cream!
Realm was always eating pretzel sticks in The Program so we HAD pair those with some YUMMY cookie butter from Trader Joe’s! BUT we couldn’t stop there so we played some Bullshit before book club started and with pretzel sticks always comes fake cigarettes!
Bullshit & Pretzels! The Mind Erasers COULD be kicking in!
Book club or booze club? You decide!
– We all either LIKED it or LOVED it. Betty had just read the book SLATED and found a lot of similarities to that book and The Program so it was hard for her not to compare them.
– We all thought this book brought THE FEELS…especially as you got further and further on. We loved that it seemed like this Program couldn’t erase your natural tendencies!
– We all agreed that it was a complete page-turner until the very end!
– REALM = BOOOOOO. JAMES = YAYYYY. Although, a certain someone in the group DID disagree. SHOCKING.
– We are all very curious about HOW society got to be to this point and HOW something like The Program actually is allowed? Why is it mostly teens? We are hoping these questions are answered in book 2 now that we are so completely invested in these characters.
– THE ENDING. We had so many theories. I don’t want to get into spoilers here but YAH. We thought the ending was a homerun and left us drooling for book 2!
The Giveaway For You!
What can you win?
A chance to host your own Book Club with some of your friends – enter for your chance to win five (5) copies of The Program and a $50 Visa gift card! If you don’t have a book club, I have some tips on how to start a book club!
Prizing provided by Simon & Schuster
Giveaway open to US addresses only
About 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.
About the author
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked.
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