From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-When Bryce miraculously awakens from a five-year coma caused by a diving accident, she is still 17 years old emotionally, and it's hard for her to process how much has happened in the lives of her family and friends. Her then boyfriend and best girlfriend, Gabby, are now engaged, her little sister has become a troubled teenager, and her parents put their lives on hold to watch over her while she was in the hospital. She also struggles with the realization of what her life is like now. Her dreams of being an Olympic diving champion are over, and she must look beyond her teenage goals to try to discover who the 22-year-old Bryce is and what she wants to be. While still in the hospital, she meets cute, dependable Carter, an intern who becomes more than just a good friend. However, she still has feelings for her old boyfriend, and he is torn between his love for Bryce and his commitment to Gabby. Then Bryce receives the devastating news that she is not expected to live more than a month longer. This story is an interesting look at how different people deal with tragedy and how it affects their lives both before and after Bryce awakens. The main characters are fully developed, and readers can easily empathize with them. The plot holds few surprises except for the ending. Girls looking for a happy/sad romantic story will love this one.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When Bryce Graham wakes up from a coma five years after a diving accident at the Olympic trials, she finds her world has completely changed: her playful little sister is a sullen teenager; her estranged parents barely speak; and her boyfriend and her best friend have graduated from Stanford, become an item, and just gotten engaged. Although she is now 22, Bryce’s knowledge and experience are those of the 17-year-old she was at the time of the accident—with one exception. Bryce knows things that she shouldn’t, some that happened while she was in the coma and some that haven’t happened yet. Fortunately, there’s a handsome young med student who takes a special interest in her case. While the romance and illness aspects of the plot are comfortably predictable, Avery captures the fascination of the line between life and death with tender and lyrical prose. Popular culture details will date the story in time, but current romance readers seeking a good cry will immediately start rereading this debut novel and make a note of Avery’s name. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton