A life she can’t remember.
When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she’s been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can’t remember them. She can’t remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can’t remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the ‘old her’ makes her start to wish she’d never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he’s dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?
Wide Awake is probably one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s really awesome when a book has you grinning even when you’ve got tears streaming or laughing out loud.
Wide Awake touches something that is a fascinating question for all of us – what would it be like if we got a “do-over” of our life? A blank slate. Who would we choose to be? And more than that even, do we choose who we are or are we made that way by our environment. CAN WE CHANGE?
Emma wakes up from a coma that was supposed to be her death. For her family, it’s a miracle. For Emma, it’s a confusing and jarring situation – she has no idea who anyone is, nor any memories of her past. It’s as if she’s retained all the information that she’s learned about practical things but none of the personal things one collects throughout their life. She has no idea WHO SHE IS.
It’s not all roses for Emma upon waking up. Sure she’s got a second chance at life, but she’s also got her families expectations. Everyone who knew the pre-coma Emma wants her back! She understands their grief and yet she can’t reconcile the things she learns about the pre-coma Emma with the person she wants to be. It’s a constant battle, trying to give the “old” Emma a try and figuring out where she can draw the line and be herself. Who will she decide to be in the end?
It’s strange enough for her to deal with her family who’s waiting for the pre-coma Emma to step back into her life. She has to contend with her former friends from school and her boyfriend. So many expectations.
Emma has to go along way with therapy before she even makes it home. She was in bed so long her muscles barely work and she has to learn to walk again. Her therapist Mason plays a big role in the book. I normally don’t swoon over book boys, but Mason is special. So much common sense, wisdom, kindness and a great sense of humor. What’s not to like??
I also love this book because I found some awesome music from it. I love when author’s mention real songs in their works and it relates so closely to the storyline. It helps me feel the book even more.
I could write a sonnet to Wide Awake. So much, MUCH. It takes you on a journey that feels very real. I was rooting for Emma all the way! And Mason, you just HAVE to meet him! Am I gushing? I’m totally gushing. Going off to fan myself now!
Go read it, you know you want to!