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Review of Wide Awake by Shelley Crane

by - September 18, 2014

Format: eBook
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health,
Pages: 193
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 22/03/2013
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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?


Emma wakes up in hospital, confused and unsure where she is. She learns that she used to be Emmie, but she can't remember a single detail about her old life. During recovery she meets Mason, her (young, hot) physical therapist and falls in love - but everyone wants her to be Emmie, not Emma, and Emmie's old boyfriend wants her to be his too.

I loved the idea of this story a lot more than it's execution. The first half, where Emmie wakes up and has to cope with her new surroundings was incredibly done. Things I never thought of before, like how much pain she was in from the lack of physical exercise, I knew the author had researched. I did feel that Mason's appearance was a little rushed and felt he should have turned up later.

The second half was good but I was reading it to finish it, rather than enjoying in. Emma's ex boyfriend, Andy is this incredibly scary, possessive stalker and I just wanted him to leave already. My eyes nearly bulged out of my head when he started trying to open her window in the middle of the night like some creepy rapist. I wish she had got an injunction against him or something.

Each chapter has a useless fact, from a book that Emmie finds under her hospital bed. Things like "It's impossible to lick your elbow but 75% of people will try this anyway". I really wanted that book! The useless facts were funny and tied in well with the whole plot, especially when I had to wait forever to find out just what Emmie had written in her note to Mason - totally worth the wait, honestly.

I really enjoyed this read and Emmie's recovery was very descriptive, I could see the author had done a lot of research into amnesia and didn't gloss over what Emma was going through. I enjoyed Emma and Mason's relationship, but found myself thinking that the author had probably written a few slushy romance novels previous to this one and that did hinder my enjoyment of the story a lot.


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  1. Amnesia books are so overdone, but I can't help but be interested in them! I guess that's why authors use it so often. I like the idea of this book, but not so much that in the synopsis it makes it pretty obvious what's going to happen on the guy front. I mean old boyfriend that she can't remember and hot new guy who is off-limits? So obvious who she's choosing. Great review, I'm still going to think about if I want to read this one or not.


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