Book Review: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane
It happened again. In a world drowning in new books… I couldn’t find anything to read. I have a knack for that. So I was on the hunt, searching my friends posts, Pinterest, Good Reads… coming up empty until my new favorite author, Samantha Young, posted a book on her Facebook page and told me to check it out. I figured if someone I loved to read was recommending a book it might be worth checking into.
Overall I very much enjoyed Wide Awake. After reading the sample I happily purchased the book and looked forward to finding out if Emma Walker would recover from amnesia and remember the self-centered high school senior she used to be. I was dying to find out if she would fall head over heels in love with her hot, sweet, physical therapist, Mason.
The story up until she left the hospital had me hook, line, and sinker. I loved the writing, the characters, the plot… everything. But the second half of the book takes on a completely different tone. As Emma tries to reintegrate into her old high school life I found myself losing interest. This may be no fault of the author (I’m not a good judge on this particular part of the story, I typically don’t like the Young Adult category. High school is not my… thing.). But beyond the story line, I generally started to lose that wonderful connection I felt for Emma and Mason. (Mason, by the way, has the ability to say the most romantic things. Full-on fictional boyfriend material.)
The first half of the book was fascinating, while the second half was more contrived. With as interesting as the first half felt I wanted more out of the second half than the tried and true, semi-cheesy standby’s. The end left me wanting.
But I enjoyed the book, even the end. For a quick read on my kindle, the price was right and the story was entertaining. I like Shelly Crane’s voice and style, and I think she has a great deal of potential to really knock a story like this out of the park. I look forward to checking out what she has to offer in the future!