As I Wake

As I Wake

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by Elizabeth Scott
     
 

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A fiercely gripping narrative as only Elizabeth Scott can write!

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. As she struggles to break through her amnesiac…  See more details below

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A fiercely gripping narrative as only Elizabeth Scott can write!

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. As she struggles to break through her amnesiac haze, the only memories that surface take place in a very different world. 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.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—When 17-year-old Ava Hanson wakes up not knowing who she is, she is told that's she's suffering from amnesia. Her first-person account alternates between her current reality and memories of another life where people are encouraged to spy on one another and a totalitarian organization rules. Once Ava returns to school, her friends and teachers offer little sympathy. She is plagued by headaches and blackouts that bring on visions until a mysterious boy, Morgan, appears. He helps her understand that she is actually from an alternate universe where they were in love but not allowed to be together in their stratified society. Confusing? Yes. Morgan cannot live in Ava's current world and he must convince her to return with him. This story is full of unanswered questions, which add to the mystification. The concept of parallel places is a captivating one, but Scott does not fully develop either world, leading to letdown at the end. The back and forth between both of Ava's lives without much clarification could frustrate readers, who may not stick around for the end. For a better option about a girl with mysterious amnesia, try Mary E. Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Holt, 2008).—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, Columbus, NJ
Publishers Weekly
When 17-year-old Ava awakens in an unfamiliar house with a woman she doesn't know claiming to be her mother, the stage is set for what proves to be both a gripping thriller and swoony love story, a doomed romance with a touch of science fiction. Tension builds from the outset, as Ava tries to come to grips with the amnesia she's diagnosed with, as well as her hazy memories of a very different world—one in which she vaguely remembers certain people from her "new" life and where pervasive governmental surveillance is the norm. When a mystery boy, Morgan, appears, Ava begins to unravel where she came from, who she is, and who she wants to be, choices that will resonate for teens who, like Ava, may at times feel like strangers in their own lives. Readers might think they know where the story is going, but Scott (Between Here and Forever) succeeds in weaving an unpredictable course that will have them on the edge of their seats, and fully satisfied when the answers come. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Ava wakes up in a strange bed in a strange house and immediately panic sets in. After a short stay in the hospital sanctioned by the woman who claims she's Ava's mother, Ava is shuttled off to school to resume a life she has no memory of living. But as time goes on she get glimpses of memories containing people who look like her friends yet she instinctively knows they are not the same people. And then Morgan appears. She has never seen him in this new life but instantly recognizes him and knows he is the key to uncovering who she really is and where she came from, an alternate Orwellian reality peopled with doppelgangers. Forced to leave when Morgan's grandmother, a high up in the government finds out about his relationship with Ava, an orphan and underling, Ava's been lost and remembering both lives while Morgan's been risking his to find her. Ava's stream of consciousness-type narration, interspersed with chapters of memories from her other life, adds to the frantic confusion of her tale which could work except that it is also full of plot holes, too many unanswered questions and a less than satisfying ending. Stick with one of the other countless dystopian/star-crossed love stories like Matched or Across the Universe instead. Reviewer: Amy McMillan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101551158
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
924,204
File size:
288 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Scott lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books.

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