September 15, 2011
Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.
Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.
AS I WAKE is a compelling and all-consuming novel that will have you under its spell in second. I had absolutely no idea what was happening and why things were, and I loved it. It kept me guessing and wanting to read, read, read until I could figure out what was going on. The only complaint I have about AS I WAKE is that I feel it was just a tad short for the concept.
Ava is a confused and helpless girl who has absolutely no idea who she is when she wakes up in a strand bedroom. She hates the fact that she doesn't have any clue about her supposed life that she wakes up in, and wants to know what is going on when she starts seeing memories from a seemingly different life. I truly felt for Ava and I don't know that I would be able to cope if I woke up and didn't know who I was. Ava's thoughts and feelings are broadcasted to us as she goes through the motions and discovers more about the memories she flashes back to.
I don't even know how to describe all of the crazy things that happen in AS I WAKE. Sure, it isn't really action packed, but so many new ideas are brought up that will have you very intrigued. I also love the fact that we were just as clueless as to Ava what was going on. I hate when protagonists keep us in the dark about parts of their lives, but Ava can't help it. She doesn't know anything. I enjoyed discovering bits and pieces of what was going on right alongside Ava.
AS I WAKE is most definitely a novel to look out for when it hits stores. It explores many fresh concepts that aren't brought up often in YA, and will give you a new perspective on life.