May 1, 2013

Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

Wide Awake
Book Description:

A girl.
A coma.
A life she can't remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.

Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

 Christina's BookReview
"You may never remember the way you used to be with them, I have no doubt that you'll figure out a way that works with them one day. And when you do, when you figure everything out and decide with no regrets who you want to be, if you still want me, I'll be right here waiting for you."

Emma Walker wakes up in an unfamiliar room surrounded by unfamiliar people. Ones that have been by her side and call themselves her family. But Emma doesn't remember anything or anyone. And she soon realizes that maybe she doesn't want to remember that girl. Maybe this is second chance at life. What Emma does know is that she's determined to work on getting better and then she will worry about remembering. Maybe. 

With the help of her gorgeous physical therapist, Emma not only begins to heal physically but also to find herself in her new life. Even if learning to live as Emma is not what everyone around her wants. 

Will Emma finally remember her previous life? Does she even want to be that girl anymore?


I have to say that this book was a great read.

I liked that Emma was a whole new person because I think that I wouldn't have liked the book as much if she was the person before her. Her struggle with her family and friends was one that you would expect. I thought that her parent must be just as shallow as the old Emma because they were insistent on her being that girl again when that girl was...terrible. New Emma was learning to be "normal" again and it was a struggle that we saw throughout the story. The only person on her side was Mason.

Oh Mason. What can I say about this sweetheart? He was the epitome of a hero. He not only helped Emma physically but also mentally. Without him in her corner Emma's struggle would have been hell. But he was haunted by his past as well and in this aspect of the story they both healed each other.

The secondary characters all annoyed me, except Mason's family. I still had questions about why his mother called Emma "Mariah" and hope to learn that in any future book there might be. I also liked Milo and can't wait to read his story!

What I also enjoyed about this book were the "Useless Facts" they were pretty cool and some made me laugh. The only reason this was a 4 was because it was pretty predictable, slow in some parts, and because I thought one of the characters (not spoiling) got away with their "bad" deeds to easily.  

Buy it. Read it. Love it.

Happy Reading! 

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