Book Review: Awake


by Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (Aug 4, 2015)
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3 of 5

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Cult, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback, Kindle

Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her…and a secret that could get her killed.

When a new cute and mysterious boy named Noah comes to school Scarlett and her best friend take notice. He only has eyes for Scarlett leaving her friend a little jealous, but this is not really what the story is about. Noah and Scarlett both have secrets, Scarlett’s being that she has amnesia from a house fire when she was little… or so she was told.
The storyline of Awake was entertaining enough that I easily finished it but I did have so problems with some big details. Scarlett thinks is it so weird that she cannot remember anything from the first 4 years of her life. Why is this weird, most people don’t remember the first 4 years of their life.  I feel conveying that the first 4 years of her life are a secret could have been written better by talking about how her parents won’t tell her anything about their life before the fire because it is too painful. There is also “insta-love” in the story but I have no problem with that. I’m a bit a cheeseball when it comes to book romance and as I have stated in previous reviews I think “insta-love” is very fitting for high school characters.  With the whole amnesia of her first 4 years of life aside the plot line keep me intrigued to figure out just what was going to happen.
I would recommend this book to readers who like cults and insta-love in a story.

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