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Gr 8 Up—Scarlett Garner has a gap in her memory. She can't remember anything before her fourth birthday and because she always develops a headache when she tries, she is starting to accept that her memories are likely lost for good. When Scarlett meets Noah, the new guy at school, she falls hard and fast; Noah is just as smitten as she and quickly begins helping Scarlett work toward regaining her memory. But when Scarlett is in a car accident and starts to have flashbacks, she isn't sure that she wants to remember after all. Fortunately, Noah is the very definition of emotional support. Unfortunately, his motives may not be as pure as they seem. Although centered on Scarlett, if it weren't for the love interest, the novel's interesting but far-fetched plot—can anyone really remember their first four years?—would fall completely flat. Noah dictates the pace of the work and Noah creates and sustains the mood; readers quickly learn that he isn't as he seems and as each chapter reveals just a little more of who Noah really is, readers will find themselves questioning every minute he spends with his would-be victim. Although the progression of Scarlett's relationship with Noah is unrealistic and the thoughts of both characters are repetitive at times, Noah's internal crisis and ultimate decision will keep readers intrigued. VERDICT An engaging but flawed thriller.—Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University R. M. Cooper Library, South Carolina

About the Author

Natasha Preston is the New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar. A UK native, she discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn't looked back. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492618527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492618522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Awake had an interesting premise, and the dual narrators created a lot of dramatic irony. I've read several books dealing with similar topics this year, but none of them used this rather intriguing angle. The narrative is almost entirely dialogue and stage direction, though, so beyond the main internal conflict of each narrator, there is little dimension to the characters. This means that they don't always come across as real people so much as actors in a play, especially the secondary characters who either represent good or evil with no gray areas. I think the plot is engaging enough that most readers will push past that flaw just to see how this one will end. I certainly had a good idea what was going to happen, as will most readers, but the fun was in figuring out how it was going to happen. Unfortunately, I was most distressed by the final resolution to the story. I felt sick when I realized what decision Scarlett was ultimately going to make, especially considering all the growth she displayed as a character in the final third of the book. I was baffled and more horrified by the (probably) unintentional message it sent than by any of the intended horror in the book. If the target audience for a work is the YA crowd, I think it is important to consider what they are going to get out of it, and I just felt like this was setting impressionable readers up to excuse reprehensible behaviors in the name of true love. I wanted to like this book, but in the end, I just can't forgive that ending.
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Awake is a young adult thriller. I absolutely love the cover of Awake with the rose and the barbed wire, and the concept of a cult, because I don’t read too many books with cults in them. I was in the mood for something creepy, and I had heard amazing things about Natasha’s last book, the Cellar. Alas, Awake didn’t work out quite the way I wanted it too. I liked it alright, but it certainly wasn’t my favorite. Most of the reason that I didn’t flat out hate this book was because the concept was intriguing to me, and I genuinely wanted to see where the author was going to go with it. Which to me means that Natasha’s Preston’s writing was not the issue for me. Awake was a technically solid book, as far as writing goes.

First, and this is a minor point, but the summary says that Scarlett couldn’t remember anything before the age of 5, but the story has the age at 4. I know that is a little point, but honestly 5 in the story would have been better. Because I can’t remember anything before the age of 4! (or 5 for that matter) The things that I do remember, I am pretty sure are not my own memories, but rather memories of stories that other people have told me. But fine, if Scarlett is freaked out because her lack of memories feels scary or weird to her, I could get on board with that. It is everyone else’s reactions that had me pulling me hair. They were flat out shocked whenever they found out that she couldn’t remember. Like it was the weirdest thing they had ever heard. And that was where the author started to lose me. It felt like a disconnect with the summary and with the story. I know that sounds weird so let me try and explain that means. (I have seen different versions of the summary floating around as I format this post, but the issues with the story remain the same.
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When I am finding myself either bored or irritated throughout most of the book, that is not a good sign. It's really not a good sign when I am irritated starting at page three. First of all, it bugged me that everyone made such a big deal about the fact that Scarlett could not remember anything before the age of four. I mean, who cares? I really don't remember much about that time period, if anything. Actually, I think the first eight or nine years of my life passed in a blur. Not only does everyone think it's weird, but Scarlett feels the need to announce it to Noah approximately five minutes after they met. And she kept thinking she was different or weird for it. I swear, I rolled my eyes every time that was mentioned. I know there was a traumatic event that happened to her before the age of four, but I feel there was a better way the author could have handled that. Amnesia before the age of four was not the way to go.

Let's talk about the characters. Scarlett was a whiny, boring character. And seriously, couldn't they do something together besides watch movies? Sorry, but their description of a movie night at every other page almost put me to sleep. I like watching movies as much as the next person, but it's like she had no interests and no hobbies. That's how boring she was. Her relationship with Noah was just as boring. Somehow they started hanging out all the time after a day, they were so in love with each other, but they didn't even kiss for three weeks. Annoying and boring. There was zero chemistry there. The author also showed Noah's POV, but I couldn't even tell the voices apart. The only difference between his POV and Scarlett's was which pronoun they used about the person they were with. Scarlett had a friend, Imogen, for the first two chapters of the book.
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