Review: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

Posted April 25, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Wide Awake by Shelly Crane
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Also by this author: Collide, Uprising

Wide Awake

Series: Stand Alone
Author: Shelly Crane
Publish Date: March 22, 2013
Publisher: Self
Number of pages: 202
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Source: Received from author in exchange for my honest opinion
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?

This author never disappoints me with her love stories.  They make me feel all swooney and stuff.  Crane brought me back to the world of contemporary.  She has an amazing way of telling a story.  She doesn’t make it all fluffy, and puts challenges in the plot to show how real it is. 

I felt awful for Emma. She wakes up from a coma not knowing anyone, or what happened.  She tries so hard to be the girl her parents knew before the accident.  All she does is make herself unhappy, and harder for her to move on.  It seems like Mason is the only one that understands she can’t go back to who she was.  Mason’s her physical therapist, but can’t keep from feeling drawn to her.  He’s a great guy, but has his own secrets and things he’s dealing with.  He doesn’t want to make Emma’s life more difficult.  Andy, Emma’s boyfriend, is a tool.  That’s all I’ll say, because nothing nice will come out of my mouth about him.
Emma’s life before and after are two complete opposites.  I’m not sure how she stood to be the person she was before, but the accident seems to be the starting point to starting a new life.  Things aren’t easy for her as she acclimates into her life, but she just learns from the circumstances, and tries to deal with it as best as she can.
Wide Awake is a great book, that you won’t want to put down.  The topics and situation are completely believable.  I can’t imagine waking up, and not remembering anything. A great love story for those that need something that’s not filled completely with fluff, and tackles some pretty big issues.  I’ll definitely be buying the print book of this so it can be read many times over. 

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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