Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: Wake by Lisa McMann

“For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does – they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant…”

I first heard of Wake through the rumor mill when there was talk of it becoming a movie. Whether or not that is or was ever true, I’m not sure but this possibility lead me to giving the book a shot in my free time. What’s really interesting about it is the way the author formats the story.  Not only is it broken down into chapters but it’s also broken down in time fragments within the chapters.  As someone who is used to reading mainly free flowing stories, until I got used to this new format, I found it kind of annoying.  The story is significantly short; just a little more than 100 pages but the way the chapters are broken up gives you a good amount of information. 
 Janie has been sucked into people’s dreams since she was eight years old and frankly it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  She sees her mother’s drunken mothers psychedelic dreams, her best friend, Carrie’s nightmares of her past, or her enemy, Melinda’s lesbian dreams.  And these nightmares don’t just hit her in the night, they occur in class, at work, and even while driving.  And when Mr. Hot and Cold, Cabel discovers Jannie’s ability things get even stranger.  Wake is a paranormal story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make her way to a new life.
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Author's Personal Bio:
Lisa McMann was born in Holland, Michigan and now lives in Arizona. Her books consist of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, The Unwanteds, and Dear Bully. To find out more visit

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