PANIC by Sasha Dawn


Age Range: 13 - 18
Email this review


After discovering an origami moon with a poem inside at her favorite cafe, Madelaine Joseph’s seemingly quiet life is plunged into a thrilling adventure.

Madelaine has been a performer for as long as she can remember. As the daughter and client of Jesse Joseph, a well-known talent manager for Broadway and the television industry, Madelaine seems to enjoy the privileges that come with her insider connections. However, her life isn’t as glamorous as it seems. Caught between her divorced parents, she struggles with panic attacks and undiagnosed anxiety and yearns to find and express her own voice. The poem she discovers in the paper moon fits perfectly as lyrics for a song she composed, prompting Madelaine to seek out its author. Her trusted circle of friends—twins McKenna and Brendon and her half sister, Hayley—now expands to one Dylan Thomas, who reaches out online and claims to be the artist behind the moon and poem. Madelaine finds herself easily able to confide in Dylan while also unsure of how much she can trust a stranger. Dawn (Blink, 2018, etc.) draws in readers, showing them that there is more to a person than what one sees on the surface. The author makes it easy to be both frustrated with the characters’ choices and yet to empathize with them. All characters are presumed white; Brendon is pansexual.

Compelling and captivating. (Fiction. 13-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5415-3574-9
Page count: 312pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2019