Awakening (Chasing Yesterday Series #1)
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Awakening (Chasing Yesterday Series #1)

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by Robin Wasserman
     
 

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Some things are too painful to remember--and too deadly to forget.

Found: One girl, age 13. Unconscious. Unharmed. Unclaimed. Unidentified.

Lost: Everything.

J.D. may not know the truth about her past, but she knows she's in danger, and she can't shake the dark visions haunting her dreams. She won't be safe until she figures out who she is and where

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Some things are too painful to remember--and too deadly to forget.

Found: One girl, age 13. Unconscious. Unharmed. Unclaimed. Unidentified.

Lost: Everything.

J.D. may not know the truth about her past, but she knows she's in danger, and she can't shake the dark visions haunting her dreams. She won't be safe until she figures out who she is and where she came from. She can trust no one, not even herself--especially not herself. Because it turns out there's one thing even more terrible than forgetting her past: remembering.

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Publishers Weekly

The first title in Wasserman's Chasing Yesterday series puts a supernatural spin on a classic amnesia storyline. A girl awakens in the aftermath of a powerful explosion, with only the shadowy memory of a man standing over her body. She is taken to a hospital to recover from her extensive injuries; when her doctors discover she has no memories of who she is, she christens herself JD-short for Jane Doe. Because her family cannot be located, JD is taken to a juvenile hall, where she befriends an orphan named Daniel. JD is plagued by nightmares both when she sleeps and often during the day (in one she is in a grassy meadow and a helicopter crashes in front of her), and several strange incidents hint that she has a vast reserve of power within her that erupts when she's threatened. A woman claiming to be JD's mother eventually comes for her, but JD has no memory of her mother or her former home, and she clings to her self-created identity. Her mother takes her to see Dr. Styron, a psychotherapist, in an attempt to recover her memory, and while he says that she is making progress, JD's distrust of both him and her mother only increases. Ultimately, JD decides to flee her mother and Dr. Styron, convinced that they are not who they claim to be. A thrilling climax will likely whet readers' appetites for the next installment. Ages 8-up. (May)

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VOYA - Michael Levy
A teenager wakes up just yards away from a mysterious industrial accident that destroys three city blocks. Although she is seriously injured and has amnesia, she should be dead. In the weeks that follow, she heals slowly, first in the hospital and then in a rather violent residential treatment facility, but she does not recover her memory. Her sleep, however, is troubled by horrific dreams in which a mysterious doctor conducts experiments on her, forcing her to do awful and impossible things. As Jane Doe, or J.D., she receives national news attention. Then a woman shows up, claiming to be her mother, and J.D. goes "home" to a house she cannot remember and begins psychiatric treatment with an old family friend, who unnervingly looks exactly like the monstrous doctor of her nightmares. Although she tries hard to fit in, J.D. cannot quite accept her past life as her mother presents it. With the aid of Daniel, her only friend from the treatment facility, she sets out to discover the truth and the nature of her secret powers. Although the basic premise here is not particularly original, Wasserman is a very good writer. Her characters are well developed and believable, her plot is suspenseful, and her backgrounds, particularly the treatment facility, are nicely detailed. This novel will carry teen readers along very happily and will leave them anxious to read the next volume in the series.
Children's Literature - Denise W. McGrain
In the first few pages of Awakening, anyone reading it can sense how JD must have felt to wake up in a strange world where she did not know anyone or have a clue about what was going on around her. Visions of terror, nightmares, and sounds that frighten visit JD's dreams all through the night. She awakes to a pounding headache, griped with fear, to find that her hands are held down in leather cuffs. JD soon realizes that she is in a hospital and is cuffed to keep her from falling out of the bed. After the cuffs are taken away JD looks around and spots a mirror. Slowly she gets out of bed and walks over to see a stranger starring back at her. JD knows that the stranger must be her because as she touches her face the girl in the mirror touches hers. The first time her lunch tray is delivered she looks down and sees macaroni and cheese and wonders "Do I like macaroni and cheese?" Day by day JD battles the panic that threatens to take over as she searches to find out who she is and wonders if there is anyone out there that could be trusted to help her find the way back to the girl she was. While reading this story of suspense and mystery I soon found that I could not wait to see what was waiting around the next corner.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439933384
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Chasing Yesterday Series, #1
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Awakening (Chasing Yesterday Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Chasing Yesterday was an amazing book. Sometimes you do need to question yourself -- Did this really happen? Does it seem like something you would do? --- Or you need to think, Why can't I just forget what happened and move on! -- Sometimes your past is better off forgotten... And to just start over, make new friends not be whatever you were before. Those were somethings this book might make you wonder and think! I loved its suspense and eye catching cover, which first made me want to buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chasing yesterday starts out slow but then you get sucked in and can't put the book down. Luckily the other 2 books are already out This book is very suspenseful. I would give an overall rating of 4 1/2 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding .! Amazing .!! I absolutely LOVED this book .!!!!!! I suggest reading it , 100 percent .!!!!!!!
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I have just finished this book and already I am searching for the next one. This book expresses definite betrayal and I cannot express how much excitement I had while reading this book. I will finish reading a chapter and realize that my heart is pounding like nobody's business. A very good book indeed.
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Chasing Yesterday What would you do if you woke up in a hospital without knowing who you were? Chasing Yesterday; Awakening by Robin Wasserman is about what a girl named J.D. who had that happen to her. The protagonist, J.D is a thirteen year old girl who couldn't remember her past. Her real name was Jane Doe but her "mom" said her name was Alexa Collins, and she just couldn't remember. J.D. has nightmares whenever she drifts into sleep. She needs to find out her past, but isn't sure where to start. Her best friend, the only one she can trust, is a boy named Daniel, who she only knew a couple days. J.D. woke up in the hospital without knowing her past. She was apparently found in the middle of a terrible explosion. After the hospital fixed her cuts and bruises, they sent her to the Center, a place for unwanted children, or children who into her body and in others, he was telling don't have a home. She threw the mean girl, Mel, a couple feet away and she didn't even touch the girl when they got in a fight. J.D. didn't even know how she did it. Two days after J.D. was at the Center, her "mother" came to get her and said J.D.'s real name was Alexa Collins. "Alexa" was going to a "family friend", a doctor named Dr. Styron. She knew him from her dreams. In some dreams, he was injecting green liquid into her body and in others she was blowing up a building. Can J.D. find out her past before it's too late? Although it doesn't say the time, you can make an assumption that it takes place in the present day. It doesn't explain where they are in the world either. Although, you can see it takes place mostly in hospital- themed places and outdoors. Chasing Yesterday's theme is trust, believing in yourself and a little about friendship. J.D. learns to trust Daniel and also, he makes her believe in herself that she can do anything. Daniel becomes J.D.'s best friend and they've only known each other a couple days. This is a great book for people like me, who like it when you can make movie of the book in your head. I love this book because the whole time something exciting happens. It is so spellbinding that you can't pull your eyes away from it for more then a couple seconds. You'll tell yourself, "I have to go do something, I'll read one more paragraph". The next minute, or so you think, you look at the clock and it's been an hour. That sure happened to me. This book reminded me of the maximum ride series by James Patterson. The protagonist, Max, is like J.D. because they are both on the run. Also, the people chasing them are both scientist who created them. Both girls are strong but weak when it comes to a nice, comfortable room. They both have parents that are part of the business that turned them into who they are now as well. This book also reminded me of the world because we could become that advanced. Our technology is sky rocketing, and we might be able someday to have people with unordinary powers and only use our minds to control everything we do. We might loose our memory like J.D. did from an explosion we caused with our mind. Everything might be this advanced and technological some day and we might be able to do this. There might be scientists today who are working on trying to make this possible right this very instant.
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Book Review Outline Book title and author: Chasing Yesterday, Robin Wasserman Title of review: Chasing Yesterday, Series 1 Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 Introduction Chasing Yesterday is about a 13-year old girl who has a just woken up from a bomb that exploded hours ago. She is taken to a juvenile hall because doctors can't find her real parents. While she is there, she meets a boy named Daniel and they become friends. While JD is there, she finds a woman coming in to tell her that she is her mother, but JD can't believe her, so JD and Daniel run away together. I would recommend this book to 10-years old and older. This book can entertain anyone, and will have chills running down your spine. I think this book is very entertaining and is very suspenseful. On every page, the author will seems to surprise you in some odd way. Description and summary of main points The book and its author are both very mysterious. The book, in my opinion, was very detailed. It showed much enthusiasm and suspense. I think the author wanted her readers to feel chills running down the spine, and feel excited when you have reached the climax of the story. Evaluation The main plot in the story is about how JD is going to get her life all figured out again. She lost everything and she can' remember anything in her past. The characters of the story help her get better through out her process at the juvenile hall. Daniel helps her as much as he can, and another girl tries to make her life get worse. With everything that goes on in the story, the theme would have to be "Never give up on hope". I think it should be that statement because she tries and has so much hope that she finds a way to become better. The book has a kind of mysterious style to it. I think this because there is much mystery to this book and it shows great excitement. JD and Daniel go to many different places but the main setting is the juvenile hall. Juvenille hall is where they spend most of there time. That is their home for now. Conclusion This book is very entertaining and suspenseful. On every page, the author somehow seems to surprise you. I think that this book is fantastic! It shows much detail and I recommend it to the age of 10-years old, and older. Your final review This book is very entertaining and mysterious. It will have you wondering what will happen. On every page, the author seems to surprise you in some odd way. The book is terrifying yet, tremendously suspenseful. I would recommend this book to people in middle school, high school, and older. This book will be fascinating to anyone.
QU33N-B33 More than 1 year ago
this book was wow! wow! WOW! it was fill with plenty of twists n turns and shocking moments. once u start it mite b hard 2 stop. i recommend this book to anyone just looking for a gud read. honestly i 100% loved this book. 10/10
BUMPERFOX More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. the beginning is good, but it really gets exciting when she runs away wit Daniel...!!! :-)
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There is nothing that I have read to compare to this book. It is AWESOME! It all starts when a girl is found in the middle of an warehouse explosion, with amnesia. So, nobody knows who she is, where she came from, why she was in the explosion, or who her parents are. So, the doctors that were trying to take care of her name her Jane Doe (J. D. for short), and drop her off at an adoption center. Then, she makes friends, finds her "mother", has theropy, and... well you will just have to read the book to find out.
BookReviews8 More than 1 year ago
Identity is an important life theme. You get a sense of feeling and belonging when you know where you come from and who you are. In Chasing Yesterday JD loses her identity, and is forced to go on a wild journey to get it back. Her adventures take her too many different settings, and keep her in contact with a number of characters with varied personalities. The author twists the story with every page, and will keep any reader interested. This is an excellent choice for anyone who likes a good mystery book.
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This is by far the most interesting and exciting book I have ever read. It is my favorite sereis and Robin Wasserman is one of my favorite authors. If you like mysteries, then you will love this book. I personally prefer horror than mystery but after reading this series I began to love it! these books are fantastic and you should really read them!
Alley5456 More than 1 year ago
J.D doesn't know who she is. She doesn't remember anything about her past, who her friends were and at first, her name. J.D has nightmares. She even has them when she isn't asleep- she has them when she's awake. She has freak episodes where she just lashes out at whoever or whatever is around her. Her memory starts to come back in flashes and she believes that Dr. Styron, her psychiatrist basically because her mom thinks she's crazy, isn't her friend. Enemy would be a better word. Dr. Styron tries to tell her that she is just having hallucinations, but she thinks it's something worse. She thinks that maybe remembering her past could be just as bad as forgetting it. She thinks that her brain is trying to tell her something. Her brain tells her to get away from that man. Every time she goes for a session, her brain just thinks the same thing. Get away from that man. The man with the little white pills from her dreams. The man with the needles from her dreams. The man with the white and gold shoes from her dreams. That man, she knows, isn't safe. She searches to find the truth about Dr. Styron, and more importantly, herself. But does she really want to know who she was? Or does she want to know what she was?
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I Loved this book. But It just did not feel like the author took alot of time making it. The end leads to a mistery which I HATE! But, Overall If you like mysteries. This book is Ideal
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