Book Review- As I Wake

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As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on September 15 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance,  Fantasy
Pages: 269
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Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There’s only one problem: Ava can’t remember any of them – and can’t shake the eerie feeling that she’s not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn’t know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.

I really don’t even know where to start with this book. It was just “blah.” There was nothing.

The synopsis of this book makes it sound really cool. I was excited to read a book that I haven’t really seen around before, and I was hoping that I would be uncovering a hidden gem. I WAS WRONG.

From beginning to end this book was just confusing and weird. The characters had nothing special about them, and everything about all of them just felt forced and fake. There is honestly not a single character that I liked. I didn’t necessarily HATE them, there was just nothing there. Ava, the main character, was boring and not inspiring at all. She was just kind of “eh.” All of the characters were just kind of “eh.”

There was nothing necessarily bad about this book. I just didn’t feel anything. I was bored reading it, and I almost put it down too many times to count. But I kept reading because I had to believe that at some point there would be something about this book that made me feel something. Anything.

SPOILER ALERT: there wasn’t.

So would I recommend this book? Nope. Never. I’m sure that someone out there will feel something for these characters, but I wouldn’t inflict this level of boring while reading a book on anyone. Its just cruel.

I am going to give As I Wake one out of five hearts.

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