As I Wake [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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As I Wake

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9/15/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 280,958
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 282 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Not one of Scott's best

    I was very excited about As I Wake because everytime I read one of Elizbeth Scott's books it becomes my new favorite. This is the exception. I felt that the book starts off very confusing & ends up still leaving me a bit confused. She could have gone so much further with the story. The characters were underdeveloped & the story just did not feel competed to me. I wish there were actual explenations for what was going on or how it was done to her. I would not recommend this but I would recommend any other book by Scott

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

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    Great New Dystopian

    As I Wake is an amazing dystopian set between worlds of here and a future rife with authority and segregation.

    A girl named Ava wakes up in a room in a hospital with a woman who says she is her mother. Ava remembers nothing, but she soon finds she has forgotten everything, or maybe it was all taken away.
    Returning to school instead of being experimented on in a research facility Ava soon finds herself remembering ghosts of her past, and yet finding them in these people of the present.

    It is like a futuristic parallel universe that is meeting in Ava's mind as she soon finds she has no idea where she is or what has or is becoming of her. As memories find their way into her present state, Ava soon realizes she has lost so much more than anyone bargained for, yet she soon also finds that she holds a great wealth in her mind that is coming back to her.

    When her past intertwines more with her present, Ava soon finds many people she thought she lost coming and finding her, and yet danger is ever present.

    What really captured me in As I Wake was the story itself, what happens when we find ourselves lost and forgotten, but soon realize that there is something much larger than us going around and we are but a small but vital part is a vast scheme of things. As Ava's character remembers another world she was in I love the great world building and plotting that went into the other place. When the people from her previous life intersect in her present, it is great the way they are vague in their past but soon discovering so much in the present.

    Elizabeth Scott has created a rich and twisting story that will captivate readers and keep them on the edge of their seat as the events in As I Wake unfold.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    This book was confusing. I thought it was going to be a pretty c

    This book was confusing. I thought it was going to be a pretty cool book, because her previous ones, but this one wasn't that good. The only reason I finished the book was to see if it got any better, or offered some sort of explaination for everything but it never did. The book would have been a lot better if she would have gone into more detail and explained things more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    It was very confusing

    I usually love books that give you something to think about but this one has left me downright confused.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    it was a struggle to keep reading, held my interest just enough

    it was a struggle to keep reading, held my interest just enough to keep going. the ending was very fitting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    It's okay?

    It is a bit confusing in the beginning. Especially when she sees old memories. Only problem is there are quite a few typing errors. Otherwise the book is okay. Not any action or adventure or anything interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    An okay read.

    The book.could have used more explanations and details. It was definitely different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

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    For MLPF Blog: It was........interesting and certainly different. At first the writing style threw me off but it added to the Dystopian and mysterious effect. Up to now, 5 hours after reading it, I dont quite understand. Did she die at the end? What really happened to her in the first place? It would have been nice if the author had explained it a bit more. 3.5 stars.

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