Wake by Lisa McMann

Summary: Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power. 210 p., Simon Pulse.

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  1. So I forgot to present on this last time, and I wanted to get something down before I forgot about it.

    I actually really liked this book. It’s written very poetically at times, and then other times very naturally. It’s a strange combination, but I really feel like the author pulled it off. The writing is rather reminiscent of Speak at times, and like Melinda in Speak, you really get a feel for Janie and exactly who she is. She is a real person, someone who wants to help people in their dreams (except Luke, because he’s a jerk). She is not fair or impartial, she is a high school girl who has a very real idea of how the world should be (and more importantly, how it actually is).

    I loved the grit that seemed to cover this whole story. In the midst of the supernatural goings-on, there’s also Janie’s relationship with her mother and the other people at school. Janie’s life isn’t pretty, and her gift doesn’t make it any easier. It also doesn’t offer any sort of escape. This is a real life look at what happens when someone gets a “super power.” It’s doesn’t magically fix everything.

    Strangely, as I neared the end of this book, I found myself wanting more. I thought, “if only they’d set this up for a sequel.” Then she set it up for a sequel, and I was disappointed (I know, I know…).

    Still, I’m looking forward to see what else this author has to offer. As of right now, this is my favorite, hands down. I’m sure, however, that that will change as the year goes on.

    Someone else needs to read this so we can talk. 🙂

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