Although I have seen Shelly Crane's books around the blogosphere a LOT, this is the first time I read one of her books. And I'm glad I did so .
The story is narrated by Emma Walker who wakes up from her six month coma to find out that she has no memory whatsoever of her life prior to the accident. She's wakes up and realizes that she has a family of who she has no recollection of. Finding out that pre-accident Emma was a bitch with a capital B was the icing on the cake.
Her friends, her family and her 'boyfriend' expect her to go back to being the pre-accident Emma. But post-accident Emma is nothing like the pre-accident Emma. Shelly Crane paints a clear picture of the struggles that Emma faces during her journey to find herself. Shelly forces the readers to experience every ounce of frustration, disappointment, regret and hope that Emma feels. Despite Emma's history it was hard not to like her and empathize with her.
Mason is her physical therapist-the guy who both literally and figuratively helps Emma stand on her own two feet. He was a refreshing change from the bad boys that seem to be taking over the Contemporary Romance genre. He was honorable, caring and he did the sweetest things ever for Emma!
"More than a poor boy that had nothing to offer, more than a tattooed guy who always had to prove he was something from judging eyes, more than I deserved.I took her face in my hands and then took her mouth. That mouth that owned me, that mouth that made me forgot who and what I was and made me feel like I was better than all that."
The fact that the MCs were well thought out and lovable was a strong point for Wide Awake. But the supporting characters especially pre-accident Emma's friends fell kinda flat. Shelly portrayed Emma's moments with her mother really well. I would have loved to see more of this kind of interaction between Emma and her siblings too.
That being said Wide Awake had a great concept that was executed quite well. Each chapter starts with a useless fact-this added a nice, quirky touch to the book!
Useless Fact #1: A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
Useless Fact #1:
It's possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.
I'd definitely recommend Wide Awake to Contemporary fans who enjoy reading about second chances, hope and love.
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.
1) First, I'm a paperback addict. Yes, like a real one. I need meetings. It's bad. But I love it.
2) I could watch House Hunters and renovation shows all. Day. Long. I'm obsessed.
3) My favorite color is Teal. (Go Jags!)
4) My absolute favorite place to be is the beach.
5) I went to twelve schools. And no, we weren't in the military.
6) My uber favorite band right now is Imagine Dragons. But my all-time favorite is Snow Patrol.
7) I love mushy, gushy, ooey-gooey books. If I can find real YA books that focus on the love story, I'm hooked!
8) I've read Vampire Academy and Callum & Harper like fifteen times.
9) My two boys are hilarious and lots of times give me book ideas without even realizing.
10) I'm a very quiet person, which usually surprises people because I'm not really that way online.
11) I get in full-blown panic when I have to speak in front of a group of people.
12) I used to be a customer service rep for Blue Cross for almost 4 years, so now I HATE to talk on the phone.
13) I have a deep, deep love for cheesecake.
14) My hair has been the bane of my existence since birth.
15) My body wakes itself up at 7 every morning. No idea why.
16) I wrote Significance in two weeks.
17) I would rather eat playdough than do dishes.
18) Speaking of playdough, it's fun. It was my fav thing to do with my boys when they were little.
19) I was chased by a deer once.
20) I was also chased by a cow. I only survived by my mad running skills.
21) I served Brett Micheals at Sonny's BBQ in Jacksonville where I worked 12 years ago.
22) First day at a new school, freshman year, I fainted in gym class because I didn't eat lunch. Go me.
23) I wanted to be a cop when I was a kid. That stuck until Junior year of high school.
24) The thing I most want for my boys is to know how to treat a girl with respect and don't settle for the wrong one.
25) I believe in love at first sight. I believe in destiny and fate. I believe in Santa Clause.
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