Pandemic

Pandemic Even under the most normal circumstances high school can be a painful and confusing time Unfortunately Lilianna s circumstances are anything but normal Only a few people know what caused her sudden

  • Title: Pandemic
  • Author: Yvonne Ventresca
  • ISBN: 9781628736090
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time Unfortunately, Lilianna s circumstances are anything but normal Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn t about to get any better When people begin coming down with a quick spreading ilEven under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time Unfortunately, Lilianna s circumstances are anything but normal Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn t about to get any better When people begin coming down with a quick spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil s worst fears are realized With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey Lil s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster Now, she s alone than she s been since the incident at her school months ago.With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real life consequences, but also her own personal demons.

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    1. Lilianna (aka Lil) Snyder is just like any other high-schooler in New Jersey. Dealing with drama with the ex-boyfriend, helping her friend Megs pick out outfits, smoking and being moody. Of course Lil is a little different. As a coping mechanism after a trauma, Lil is extraordinarily pessimistic and obsessed with preparing for tragedy. Her shelves are stuffed with nonperishables and she lives with constant anxiety, waiting for a natural disaster or an outbreak of disease.Her wait is over."This d [...]

    2. I haven't read many natural disaster stories (if you can call bird flu a natural disaster). I'm more of a zombie person. That being said, I really enjoyed Pandemic. I will definitely be reading more natural disaster stories in the future.The writing of Pandemic was phenomenal. As someone who suffers from frequent anxiety attacks, I thought the author' portrayal of anxiety was extremely accurate. I have never had PTSD, or been through the situation that Lil goes through. However, I thought the au [...]

    3. In Pandemic, a girl struggles to survive not only a deadly outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons. According to 2 Stars means that this book was ok and it was. There are no major faults in the story I could point my finger at. To write that this book simply was not for me sounds so lame because normally I can pinpoint exactly the reasons why it didn’t appeal to me: too much focus on romance, stupid MC, love triangle, bad writing/dialogues, not enough action, [...]

    4. Official blurb: "A suspenseful, authentic and emotional narrative makes PANDEMIC a gripping and powerful story. Lil is a wonderful and believable protagonist, dealing with both inner and outer demons, who rises to the challenge of survival despite everything and everyone she has lost. Riveting and terrifyingly real with moments of hope that shine through when you least expect it, PANDEMIC is one that will stay with you long after you read the last page."

    5. Imagine a new flu virus that combines deadliness with speed of transmission. Imagine you are a girl with a few anxiety issues who might also be a germaphobe. Lily is a high school student whom we discover through the course of the novel, has suffered through being assaulted by everyone’s favorite teacher. As a result, she has some fears regarding personal contact. Add to that her father’s occupation as an editor for a magazine devoted to infectious disease, and you can see where this is goin [...]

    6. If I had to write a very short review of this book it would be "wow". I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge fan of "stranded in a disaster/mother nature goes nuts" type of read (yes, I know its not an actual genre, but I just made it up LOL). Pandemic is THE perfect read for anyone who is looking for that creepy yet hopeful plot line where you know that everything written on the page is VERY plausible, while, at the same time, hoping (praying) that it never actually happens to you and just b [...]

    7. PANDEMIC is a quick, fun read. The word-smithing is very well done and young adults (and even some adults) that like the 'disaster' genre, and who are in the mood for a good light read, should enjoy this bookNDEMIC leans away from the action-adventure mold, and instead focuses on the practicalities of surviving, and teen concerns. There's the love triangle and a friend triangle, and Lil, the main character, must deal with the ramifications of the disaster and the feelings of her friends in the a [...]

    8. A powerful story of hope and survival during a deadly outbreak. Lil’s feelings toward germs and illness and disaster make it all the more chilling when the blue flu actually hits. The outbreak scare was done brilliantly, building tension and keeping it up throughout the story. An unseen risk is sometimes the scariest, where a touch of a door handle or an exchange with a friend could kill. Lil’s losses were heartbreaking – I felt a lot for all the characters and didn’t want to lose any of [...]

    9. GuysssI was on the verge of giving up on Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia books. But yes! Yes! Pandemic saved me. I had hope! My high expectation was reached! And just to let you know guys, I've read this while I was sick (I still am as I'm writing my review) So, as I progress on my reading, I don't want anything but to get better! The book felt insanely real that yes, I got paranoid. DO I HAVE THE FLU?? Well I hope not. I really hope not.Lilianna. Lil suffered from a traumatic tragedy before the Pande [...]

    10. I love when I start a book and get totally lost in the story and lives of the characters. This usually happens when the writing is so good, that I can just enjoy the story and not think about the writing. This is such an interesting story, and so believable. Sometimes when I watch movies about disease outbreaks, or read books about viruses spreading, it's hard for me to completely disregard my disbelief. But that was not the case with Pandemic. Every detail, or relationship development, was so t [...]

    11. After surviving a horrific act of betrayal, teenager Lilianna suffers from post traumatic stress. Once the model student, she withdraws into a state of constant fear and hopelessness. Dressing in black becomes her outward expression of her inner turmoil. No longer the community activist, she barricades herself inside her home, hordes food and trusts no one—except her parents and her beloved BFF, Megs. As Lil struggles to find her way “back to life,” imminent danger presses upon her home an [...]

    12. It's been a few months since everything that happened, and Lil is surviving as best she can. She still has her best friend (the other didn't believe her and dropped her), but also has anxieties and hoarding compulsions. But all that is useful when the few flu cases turn into an epidemic---and then that flu epidemic becomes a global pandemic. Lil's parents are stranded on separate business trips, and Lil is left alone, with her fears, to face the flu. And the looters. And the orphaned baby down t [...]

    13. Thanks to Edelweiss and Sky Pony Press for access to this title.While not the best written book I've ever read, this did create a great sense of foreboding and impending doom and was one I didn't want to put down. I would recommend it for those who liked Life as We Knew by Susan Betth Pfeffer. It makes you want to gather supplies and prepare for the worst.

    14. I was almost ready to start buying canned soup and toilet paper in bulk after I read this.I loved this book it was so good. I really like the idea of a pandemic. I wasn't over fond of our MC but I did like the plot. It would be terrifying if this actually happened. Enjoyable standalone!

    15. Lilianna is your typical girl except she likes to be prepared and stock food and emergency things. Her father works in a place that deals with diseases etc. He often comes home with stories for her so she hears it all first hand. She wasnt always like this. She was a model student and happy go lucky girl but when a traumatizing thing happens to her she draws into herself. She becomes the person she is. She hears on the news that a flu has shaken some parts of America. People are coming down with [...]

    16. Lil Snyder is a teenager with all the normal teenage issues and angst that comes with that period of life. But Lilianna has more to deal with than the average teen. She has recently gone through a traumatic event that only her parents a few others know about that has left her with significant anxiety issues. Her grades have dropped and she no longer the cheerful optimist she once was.Now Lil has been left at home while her mom is traveling for work in Asia and her dad is at a conference in Delaw [...]

    17. This book was incredibly fun to read, once I got past the fact that (a) it was about a pandemic [OBVIOUSLY] that (b) started in Maryland [which is WHERE I LIVE] and (c) would probably kill me almost immediately. (For several reasons---I work in a newsroom, which is basically code for "germ pit" and also I would probably run out of food, like, immediately because I over-rely on delivery. And also the microwave so once the power goes out, I lose ability to feed myself.)These types of books work ma [...]

    18. This was much more than end of the world as we know it story.Sure, there’s the mysterious illness that kills the majority of the world’s population. But, it’s more about a young teenager, Lilianna, and how she copes with everything that occurs.The illness spreads globally at a fast pace. People are cut off from each. Communication is spotty and many don’t know if their loved ones survived.Lilianna is home alone, coping with something disturbing that happened to her at school when it stri [...]

    19. I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for an honest review.This is a YA pandemic adventure. It doesn't reach the levels of TEOTWAWKI, but a mutated H1N1 virus that mirrored the 1918 flu epidemic as far as disruption to 'normal' life goes. The protagonist is a 16 year old young woman who is already having a rough time after being assaulted by a teacher and dealing with that and the normal pitfalls of being a teenager.I do not want to give the story away, but I found it to be a realistic t [...]

    20. *I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sky Pony Press and Yvonne Ventresca*A horrible event changes teenager Lilianna (Lil) from a model student to an anxious girl who smokes, skips classes and hordes canned goods.Then when her parents are both away people suddenly start dying from a fast-acting flu. Will Lil lock herself inside her house or will she overcome her fears and help others who are struggling throughout the pandemic?This was an enjoya [...]

    21. Argh! It was going so good as this cool end-of-the-world type of survival thriller, but then fell apart into fluffiness in the final few chapters. And no zombies, dangit! This time around it was just a new strain of flu virus killing people and they're staying dead. It's told first-person from the perspective of teenager Lil, who made for an interesting protagonist, but the story just threw in too much fluff. The book is probably a 3, but I'm giving it 3.5 stars because the audio narration over [...]

    22. No one knows the truth about what happened to Lilianna that day except for her parents, her two best friends, the police and her counselor. With her former life now dead, Lil dresses in black and shuts herself off from anything she used to do in the past. Read the rest of the review on my blog: shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c

    23. I wanted to read Pandemic because I am interesting in illnesses and if there is an epidemic what the backlash would be. I wanted to see a teen in this situation and how she would survive.Lil has changed in the last few months, and we come in right before the illness starts to spread. She is smoking and stockpiling things in case something happens. Her dad is in the field of viruses and illnesses and her mom is a health watch dog. So, she has insight into preparation and prevention against pandem [...]

    24. For its audience, pretty good. Since I read it right on the heels of an adult epidemic thriller, it was interesting to compare the two. Without any self aggrandizing, this author clearly did her research too, but didn't make the reader suffer through boring details.The first thing you notice about the book is how physically ugly it is. Try not to hold it against the book. I've run across this small press's books before, and I always think they're self published because they look so bad, but in f [...]

    25. Months after a scarring incident at school, Lilianna’s life takes an abrupt, downward spiral. Suddenly, the worst happens: the country is hit with a quickly-spreading flu. As the flu kills off thousands of people, Lilianna is stuck at home alone since her parents were called away on business trips. Dodging the sickness while protecting the house, Lilianna is forced to follow out with tough decisions and take serious risks. But everything takes an unexpected turn one day as the source of her in [...]

    26. I love this book! In this book, it talked about how the main character straggled through the disease, and found her true love- Jay❤️. The storm first started with her best friend- Megs' death. And at that time, her parent were not at home, she was alone, kind of. Her dad were suck in the hotel, and her mom were stuck in the airport. In the almost-end of the book, her dad died, and her mom is unknown. She couldn't contact with her mother. She felt alone, but at least she have Jay. Also Jay an [...]

    27. I gave this book five stars.This book is basically about a girl who's parents leave her for a couple of days, and during that time a disease begins and stars spreading. She teams up with other people to stay alive, to wait for the pandemic to be over. Jay, Cam and Ty get the flu, and Lily has to cure them with the emergency supplies her dad had hidden. Then suddenly Lily gets the flu. After a hard fight through the disease, her mother comes home.I think the way Lily changed was that she did stop [...]

    28. This is a book about a girl named Lilliana (Lily). Her parents left on a business trip. A pandemic called blue flu had a huge outbreak in their town. When the townspeople are almost all wiped out. The young and old of the population is more immune to it. There is no one to support those since the adults are all dead. The townspeople become looters and steal from their own neighbors. My favorite character in the book is jay. He is always so calm and takes control over harsh situations like this. [...]

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