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 book took my breath away. From the very first sentence to the very last I was hooked. A girl who didn’t know, anything about herself? Who couldn’t remember anything? Was it a blessing or a curse? A fresh start to a life when everyone wanted you to cling to the past. It was intricate, fresh and such a clean honest story telling experience. When Emma wakes up part of her wants to be the girl that everyone needs her to be, but her entire soul screams at her to follow her instincts and be who she is inside. No one knows the torment she puts herself through as she runs in circles not only trying to please everyone AND herself but trying to heal. Add that to being a teenager, graduating school and figuring out what love it and you have Wide Awake.
Shelly Crane is an amazingly well spoken author. This is the first of her works I have had the pleasure of reading and I can tell you I will be hoarding her books from now on. It was so refreshing to read a simple YA love story, with an intelligent twist that it sent me into a loving book hangover. I appreciate what she did with this story and how much love she put in the characters. Shelly is a force to be reckoned with and I will be her storm chaser any day ❤