Book: Candor by Pam Bachorz
Book Info: Published by EgmontUSA; 249 pages; Hardcover; checked out from library
Goodreads Summary: In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town’s founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause. But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant–perfect–through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar’ s built a business sabotaging his father’s scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they’re turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can’t stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.
This was interesting. It’s another book where I liked the premise, but didn’t really care for the book.
None of the characters were particularly interesting, except for Nia, but even she got to be boring at the end. The idea of brainwashing troubled kids is interesting, and Bachorz could have done so much with it.
I didn’t like the ending, and thought it didn’t fit too well with the rest of the book. It was almost like she was going for shock value with it. I was surprised that there aren’t any sequels, because it kind of seemed like she was setting it up to be the first of a series. It was pretty repetitive, with some points coming up in every single chapter. And overall, it was pretty basic.
I would give it a 2 out of 5. It was just okay for me, but the premise of it was really interesting.