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The Project by Courtney Summers Book Review [there is no flaw in you]


Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died in a tragic car accident, her sister Bea joined the elusive community called The Unity Project, leaving Lo to fend for herself. Desperate not to lose the only family she has left, Lo has spent the last six years trying to reconnect with Bea, only to be met with radio silence.

When Lo’s given the perfect opportunity to gain access to Bea’s reclusive life, she thinks they’re finally going to be reunited. But it’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t want to be found, and as Lo delves deeper into The Project and its charismatic leader, she begins to realize that there’s more at risk than just her relationship with Bea: her very life might be in danger.

As she uncovers more questions than answers at each turn, everything Lo thought she knew about herself, her sister, and the world is upended. One thing doesn’t change, though, and that’s what keeps her going: Bea needs her, and Lo will do anything to save her.

From Courtney Summers, the New York Times bestselling author of the 2019 Edgar Award Winner and breakout hit Sadie, comes her electrifying follow-up—a suspenseful, pulls-no-punches story about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister no matter the cost.



Cult stories don’t usually appeal to me, but something told me this one might be different. I was wrong. While the ending of The Project had some interesting twists and turns, the actions of main character Lo were often senseless, and I found myself irritated by her.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t a Young Adult book. With it being written by Courtney Summers and labelled as Young Adult on Goodreads, I naturally thought it was. But both Lo and Bea are young women in, or nearly in, their twenties, and Lo works in an office. So I would put it somewhere around New Adult.

I think I wanted more depth to Bea and Lo that I never got. They were both angsty, but it never got below the surface and I never felt like I knew these sisters as people. As for cult leader Lev and The Unity Project, I also never got more than surface level and struggled to work out what everyone found so interesting about him.

The ending was interesting with a twist I didn’t expect, and this was a fast read but I’m pretty sure I will forget most of the plot within a couple of months. Most of Courtney’s books are incredible, but this one was a huge miss.

Have you read this book? Loved it / hated it? Let me know in the comments!

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