Review // Damage Done by Amanda Panitch


Title // Damage Done
Author // Amanda Panitch
Pages // 304 pages
Publisher // Random House
Series // None
Release Date // July 2015
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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 leftbehind.

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

borederDamage Done. I just . . . This book completely and totally messed with my head! Everything you think you knew when reading this novel is completely thrown out the window at the end. Amanda Panitch did a bloody amazing job in writing Damage Done. Originally, I wasn’t as interested as I should have been. The description sounded stellar and the cover was attractive – but I constantly found excuses not to read. It’s a shame I didn’t read this earlier. And it’s a shame if you don’t invest in this book either.

I like to think that they’re being pulled to New York because of me, because they’re in my orbit, that I’m Saturn and they’re my rings.

The sympathy you feel for Julia Vann, or Lucy Black (depending on who she chooses to be) is quite overwhelming before you figure out what really happened. You are under the pretense she had no idea what happened, and that all she wanted was to be reunited with her twin, (and crazy) Ryan. Let me just tell you, that for a sociopath, her story is an interesting one. You think she has been through so much, and by becoming Lucy Black and making a new friend, you cheer her on. Well, how wrong you turn out to be.

“You promised me hot chocolate,” I said. “I’m not kissing you until I get it.”

Dark. A simple but fitting word I would use to describe Damage Done. Twisted is also pretty good. It’s frustrating how I can’t review this book without giving anything away! Damn you, Amanda Panitch.

He heaved a gusty sigh into my neck, shivering every nerve from my collar bone to the underside of my chin. “Think about how that sounded,” he said.

All l can recommend is that you read this damn book, because it has definitely earned a shiny 5 snowflakes badge.

5 stars

borederStill unsure on whether this book is the one for you? Have a look at what other bloggers have to say.

Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookcase says “It’s fast-paced and insane, but it’s also pretty brilliant.”

Nicole @ Most Ardently says “This novel was absolutely unputdownable.”

Alexia @ Adventures in Reading says “I loved this book and I am giving it 5 stars.”

borederUsually a book goes through several cover changes in its lifetime. Most variation depends on the publishing location. Damage Done is available in the following cover formats.


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About Amanda Panitch

Amanda Panitch grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. Amanda now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch, and visit her online at


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