Monday, August 24, 2015

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch Book Review

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . . 

*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*

Damage Done. Wow. Mind blowing, the ending totally sucker punched me in the gut.
What a crazy read, but crazy in a good way.  I really enjoyed this story, and I feel like
I read it at just the right time.  

This book had all the right elements, and I’m honestly surprised. Why? Because, I haven’t had much luck with YA thrillers—they just don’t seem to do it all the way right. They tease, and taunt with the prospect of a thrilling story, but usually fall flat—comparing themselves to Pretty Little Liars—hoping to excite readers.

This book is YA, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl goodness. I fell in love with and pitied the characters and, boy did I have it all wrong. I had my suspicions but it didn’t prepare me for the sickening reality.

Guys this book was so good, let’s talk briefly. Damage Done, tells the story of two twins, one is around, the other isn’t. Lucy Black, used to be Julia Vann. She’s living in the after of her before. She’s trying to start new. She’s got a best friend, and a boy—who will do anything to protect her.

Everything seems to be going well, but secrets are seeping out—and it’s up to Lucy to keep them contained.

Alane, is an amazing best friend—clever without being cliché—and smart, down, there for Lucy. I really loved how loyal and understated tough she was.

Michael, I adored him. I wanted to pluck him out of the book, make him real, and keep him. He had some of my most favorite quotes in the book. He was notoriously sweet, and protective—and sadly naïve. His place in this story—man I wanted to change the ending so he could be happy.

I really liked how calculating some of the characters turned out to be. I loved the pacing and the setup of this story. The author did a fantastic job with this thriller, and I’m honestly very pleased. It’s paced well, and it does its job to shock and thrill you.

Damage done is an all around great read, and I think readers will be pleased. I sure was.


  1. Oh this sounds like a good mystery! And YA-in-Gone-Girl vein makes it all the more intriguing. I'm convinced, Jaz!

  2. I just got this on my eReader! I haven't read much YA mystery novels, but most of the ones I've read were good reads, hopefully this would be another addition to that. Lovely review, Jazmen! I'm really intrigued. :D

  3. Wasn't this completely crazy? I loved it and yet it disturbed me as well LOL! Great review!

  4. I've never read YA thriller before, but there's a first in everything and this sounds quite intriguing !
    Lovely review :)

    @ "Book Addict"

  5. This sounds like a really great read! Loved your review!

  6. I've wavered so much about this book, but man, do you ever make me want to read it. The secondary characters sound wonderful. And I could always go for a good thriller.

  7. I just finished this a couple of days ago and I really liked it. While I wasn't a fan of Julia and Michael's relationship, I really liked the suspenseful pacing this book have. The revelation was definitely mindblowing. It was crazy (in a really good way). Great review, Jazmen! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  8. Wooohooo! So glad you enjoyed this one Jaz! I've read other reviews about this book and everyone gas been ranting and raving about it. ;) I love the sound of the characters and how unique they are. Great review boo!:)

  9. I'll be honest, the blurb has me totally confused but also quite intrigued. I haven't had a ton of luck with thrillers, either, but this sounds like I might like it! Thanks for the review!

  10. Oh you totally have me with "YA, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl goodness". I have seen this around but wasn't sure. Now it is totally going on my TBR - Awesome review!

  11. I'm pretty sure this book is on my TBR, but if not, I'll be adding it. So glad you liked it! ~Pam

  12. Omg this book sounds super good! I think I might have to try it. I have seen this book around, but not read many reviews for it. Great review Jazmen.
    ~Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies