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As I Wake

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As I Wake

She wakes up, but she remembers nothing. People surround her, claiming to be her friends and family, but she remembers nothing. She feels lost and knows she doesn’t belong, but she remembers nothing. Has she lost her mind? What is real?

They tell her that her name is Ava. The woman next to her is supposedly her mom. She wakes up in a stranger’s room, in a stranger’s life. They say that Sophy, Greer and Olivia are her best friends, and that Ethan is the boy she’s interested in and flirting with, but she can’t remember them either. Visits to the doctor reveal nothing to explain the amnesia. Then a woman at the hospital seems a bit familiar, but for some reason, her mom appears to be uncomfortable with Ava being around her.

Brief memories begin to filter through, but when Ava reaches for them, she is bombarded with horrible headaches. Then she catches a glimpse of someone else who seems familiar, a guy who says his name is Morgan. He appears to be a main character in those brief memories that keep flashing in her mind, and she thinks he may be a friend. But then why would he be following her, sneaking around to see her? Her mother begs her to slide back into her old life, to try to be the person everyone is telling her she is. But she can’t be that person; things don’t fit, something just isn’t right. And then she begins to remember…

Most everyone is familiar with that old saying “Never judge a book by its cover.” AS I WAKE may be the exception, as its mysterious, intriguing cover perfectly matches its captivating story. Elizabeth Scott keeps readers in the perfect amount of suspense, and she leaves it up to them to untangle Ava’s mysterious situation. Her fleeting memories pop up throughout, drawing teens deeper into the story, yearning for answers alongside of Ava. Many of the characters are fascinating, and a few are even disturbing. The writing style is unique, and the tone, while at times dark, is vivid and beautiful. Reading this book is like being lost in a dream…or a nightmare!

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on November 7, 2011

As I Wake
by Elizabeth Scott

  • Publication Date: September 15, 2011
  • Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0525422099
  • ISBN-13: 9780525422099