Saturday, April 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane


Thanks to I Read Indie for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Shelly Crane's Wide Awake. Happy reading!

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Summary:

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?

Title:  Wide Awake
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Shelly Crane
Approximate Book Length:  183 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

This is an interesting and emotional journey of healing for one girl who suddenly wakes up from a coma after six months. It’s awkward, but of course it would be if you woke up and didn’t remember your own name let alone your parents or anyone. There is some romance here, which is what I feel Shelly Crane’s strength is, but the focus is more on the rehabilitation of Emma. The best part is that the romance is gradual and not that insta-romance that’s so popular.

Frankly, I think this book could have used a lot more editing, and I mean that overall, not just grammatically. Redundancies occur often and there are several inconsistencies regarding plans the characters make, Emma’s actions and feelings, and time. I also think that Emma could have used yet more personal growth as she often comes off as dense and weak.

I wasn’t truly invested in Emma’s story until about half way through, and even then it was a little frustrating. I appreciated her struggle to reconcile her past with her present, but the way she went about it made me shake my head a lot in disappointment. I was pleasantly surprised with how some elements of the story played out, but overall the biggest obstacle in this plot is Emma herself. She’s just not consistently likeable, but at least the ending is nice all around.

In Conclusion:

While the heroine of the story isn’t my favorite, her struggle to put her life back together and the love she finds along the way is endearing in its own way. Worth checking out!

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About the Author
YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

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Wide Awake

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?


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4 comments:

  1. I found your blog thanks to I read Indie.

    Glad to be following you :)

    Thank you for sharing your review, can't wait to read it.

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  2. Thank you for your thoughts. I haven't read anything by Shelly Crane.

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