by Lauren Oliver


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In a dystopian near future America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens, once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.

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In the world of the future, love is considered a disease, amor deliria nervosa, that corrupts the mind and leads to destructive, irrational behavior. Fortunately, when you turn 18, you can be cured by a treatment that frees you from love forever, so you can lead a calm, placid, productive existence alongside your government-assigned spouse. Lena is a good girl who's just out of high school and can't wait to be made safe from love — until she meets Alex, a boy from the wild lands

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