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Anything But Ordinary Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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The novel's plot kept me reading, even though some of the dialogue was mildly bland and perhaps not as in depth as it could have been. I was interested to see how Bryce would handle the many difficult situations she had to face. I especially would have liked to see the relationship between Bryce and her sister Sydney fleshed out, because I got the impression we were only seeing the tip of the iceberg. A few more flashback scenes of her former life would have helped her loss resonate with readers even more strongly.
One problem is that the Olympic trials plot sparked my interest, and yet the Olympics are barely discussed as a goal of Bryce's. After she wakes up, she realizes she will never be able to compete, and the novel doesn't focus on her coming to terms with this, favoring the romantic triangle instead.Read more ›
Seventeen year old Bryce has a terrible accident on the day of her Olympic diving trials and ends up in a coma. Five years later, she miraculously wakes up and seems to recover swiftly. But everything is different- Bryce is now 22, her parents' marriage is breaking, her baby sister is now a rebellious, wayward 17 year old and her BFF and high school boyfriend have moved on. Then Bryce starts to have weird visions, visions of things that happened while she was asleep and visions of things to come. And through it all, Bryce must rediscover who she is and the life she wants to live.
Anything But Ordinary starts with a potentially complex and fascinating premise, but the story never lives up to that potential. This book seems to have an identity crisis of sorts; it can't decide if it's a contemporary or a paranormal or a love story. It has elements of all three, and individually these elements can, at times, be compelling and intriguing, but they don't really mesh well together or cohesively. The story just never finds its balance or flow.
The narration is anything but smooth and has a disjointed, clunky feel to it. At times I found myself fully engrossed in the story, but then the choppy flow would yank me out of the story. The writing itself is not bad, in fact there are quite a few really beautiful and thought-provoking lines, and the actual story being told is worth telling. However, the total story execution and development falls very short.Read more ›
There is so much leaving me wondering, about her dreams/flashbacks/forwards wondering if they are true to life, or only in her head. I was so torn with the Greg situation, and I can totally understand all three sides. Its messy, and it is realistic, and it kept me hooked.
I also hung onto every scene with Carter. I pictured him kinda like John Carter in ER, and the image stuck with me. I liked Carter on TV, and I like the Carter in Anything but Ordinary as well.
Speaking of characters, I so felt for and wanted to smack Sydney all at once. I can totally see where she is coming from and what she must be feeling though.
The ending. Oh the ending. First I was furious, then I wanted to throw something, then I felt like crying. And then realized how poetic it was and felt like giving Lara an ovation for having such guts to write what she did.
Honestly, I think this will be a book that is either very well received or not liked at all. But I am of course on the loved it side of things, and Lara Avery is an author to watch for me.
Bottom Line: I was immersed in Anything but Ordinary. Superb main character with a cast of memorable secondary characters. Sad but weaved with the theme of hope, fight and strength.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I enjoyed the book and the characters, and thought some of the tensions in her family were very realistic, I was furious about the ending, which sucked.Published 11 months ago by Christine C. Manges
What if you had the ultimate second chance, only to discover that it's on a bungee cord? Bryce was on track to become an Olympic diver when she miscalculated her dive by a fraction... Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Rogers ClarkIV
This is, by far one of my top three favorite books. Tennessee native Bryce Graham, a 17 year old diver is in a career ending accident when she goes into a coma in an accident... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by marvisq123
I must start this review by talking about the cover. I LOVE IT!! I just think that the cover is beautifully done and matches the story perfectly:) It is hard to see, but there are... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Nightly Reading
I LOVED this book so sad but so amazing omg I will read it over and over again please read this book it's amazing ahhhhhh nice sweet and yet wonderfulPublished on May 27, 2013 by Kaitlyn Orndorff
So... Bryce has a diving accident and when she wakes up five years has passed. Now she is a 22 year woman with the memories of when she was 17. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Azul
I love this book so much!
It is a heart warming book! It is so inspiring! But at the end it is so sad!!!
This book was so amazing. It definitely deserves 5 stars. Anything But Ordinary is a very sad but inspiring book. I loved it.Published on January 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
So much happens in the teen years. What if you missed the entire thing? That's what happened to Bryce after a diving accident. When she wakes up, everything's changed. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Rita Arens