Monday, March 25, 2013

Review for Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

Every once in a while you come across a book that changes you or has a message that you desperately needed to hear. For me, Wide Awake is that book. It is such an amazingly beautiful story about being given a second chance at life, about letting go of past mistakes and embracing the future and all its endless possibilities whole heartedly, about being the person you want to be and not the one others want to see.

I wont give any spoilers but i will say that i was hooked from the very beginning. Emma's determination to get better & get her life back on track had me rooting for her. And mason...sweet Mason...who I am just totally in love with is absolutely perfect. They just complement and complete each other perfectly. Emma's parents are a bit frustrating but you have to keep in mind that they're dealing with a traumatic event also & while they're overjoyed that their daughter has finally come out of a 6 month long coma when she wasn't even expected to live, they don't quite know how to handle the person she is now. The big twist towards the end caught me by surprise and was just so heart breaking, but the way it all ended was perfect and oh so bittersweet. I felt like I needed a good cry once it was all over. I know everybody is affected differently when reading a story such as this and I can only hope that others are lucky enough to take away the same message & feeling as I did. This is the type of story that will stick with you forever.

I would love to see a 2nd book as I'm now totally invested in this awesome story! I should also say that I have never written a lengthy review on any book I've read but felt compelled to do so with this one.

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