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{July 9, 2013}   {Review} Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

15810336From Goodreads:

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?


I really liked the concept of this novel, as well as the two main characters. However, the typos–missing words really, like “the,” “a,” “an,” etc.–in sentences was a little difficult to ignore as it was fairly constant from start to finish and I found it to be quite jarring. At first, I thought it was intentional, like the characters were leaving out words when they spoke, sort of like my students do when they try to talk “hip,” but then I realized that it was happening with too many characters and was, therefore, an editing error.

The timing was off for some of the events, as well, which isn’t a glaring problem, but noticeable. For instance, If Emma’s just learned to walk again, how can she be running with the cheer team just two days after being winded from walking up the stairs in her home for the first time since her release? Or, if her first day of school is a Friday, then how come she goes to school the next two consecutive days, as well? Again, these are just small errors I noticed, but it was enough for me to notice, alongside the typos, which made the read less enjoyable for me overall.  A good editing and release of another edition should easily fix all these issues, though.

The novel storyline, on the other hand, was great. I had many suspicions throughout the tale concerning who was at fault for Emma’s accident, and I loved how Crane worked in the drastic change to Emma’s character because there is an explanation for her extreme change before and after the accident.  You just have to wait a while for it.  Three stars.

3 stars

I purchased this novel from Amazon.


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