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by Abria Mattina

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Eighteen isn't too young to run your life into the ground, but it's not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John's, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She's looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town,


Eighteen isn't too young to run your life into the ground, but it's not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John's, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She's looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.

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Abria Mattina works in marketing and book production. She holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiance, Daniel.

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Wake 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this was a moving story for me. There was just so much going on, and I loved it! What really just turned me on, were the characters. They were seriously written, developed well. Their personalities were sometimes familiar, and they were just believable. I love Jem. He is a young man that has been through so much. He was definitely a realistic character. His sense of humor, and Willa's, meshed pretty well, and at times, I found myself to laugh out loud a few times; the dialogue was just really humorous, and their lines, again, seemed realistic, like what people their age would say. Anyway, we know Jem has battled cancer, and now he is in the remission process, recovery stage, and at this time he feels physically week at times, and reading his POV was just so needed, and helpful, to really understand what he went through, and is going through. In general, I liked how we primarily read his and Willa's POV. At times if I was reading Willa's POV and she was having an intense scene with Jem, then later we would go next to Jem's POV and we actually sometimes go back to that intense scene I was thinking earlier, a scene I would think I need to know what he thought too, and we get to read his thoughts; so you see that at times throughout the story. Willa, now I really liked her as well. She is someone that lost an older sister to cancer a few years prior, and knows a bit of what Jem goes through. I thought she was nurturing, but a feisty, tough as nails gal, that went through a stage of problems after her sister's passing, and it's very intriguing to read about her past, including a shocking secret that she has not really told anyone, until now. There are other minor characters that just fit so well into this story, including Jem's younger sister that seems to be a huge fan of Harry Potter, which was pretty cool and relatable! This is a long read, but to me I find this story to be so worth reading! I felt myself just getting into the story, and once you start it, you really will not and cannot stop! I really enjoyed that these two characters sharing their love of music, and you read some pretty good playlists. What I also liked, okay loved, was the writing! There was a great flow, and I just can't wait to read more from this Indie Author; she has true writing talent that can be seen written on the pages. I really look for stories that have that believable aspects to them, and this one had it all over! Now, I don't want to give too much away, but I dived into this novel, not so sure what to expect, and let me say, the ending, is not, well, not really what I was expecting, and to me, that's a good thing!! This is a story that has some light, humorous, witty type moments, but then there are darker and gritty moments, and you wonder, if there is any possible hope, but what can definitely be seen here, is love, and that was one of my favorite aspects, as read here, love can perhaps be the answer to all wounds/scars, and that to me, is what made this story even more beautiful.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. While this book is often tagged as a YA contemporary romance, or a YA story: I don’t think those simplistic categorizations are complete. Yes, there is romance and there are teenagers as the primary protagonists in the story – but it is so much deeper and more all-encompassing than just tagging it with a Contemporary Romance label. This story is touchingly and cleverly crafted as 3 or 4 day journal entries: his side then her side where somewhere in the middle lies the real truth fashion. We have Jem, newly in remission from a long battle with cancer and the treatment and Willa who has just returned to this town after losing a sister to cancer. The two are introduced in a Social Sciences class in high school, and from there the story begins to unfold. What the author has done so cleverly is completely immerse each entry with all of the angst, anger, confusion and conflict that are common to the human condition, even without the overbearing weight of cancer, and managed to create two distinct young adults – both of whom are lucky to still be around. Throughout the 6 months that are contained in the story, we see the characters grow and mature, develop into real people with tangible issues, showing the healing power of openness and acceptance, and what it truly means to love and accept. Even the secondary characters that are introduced are done so with a flair and a style that creates someone that we all are familiar with, if not exact copies, well enough crafted to give an instant “realness” to them, most of the family members are quite well flushed out, schoolmates tend to be more along the “stereotypical” lunchroom divisions, but even with that generalization there is good depth in characterization. 759 is a healthy amount of pages, and may look quite daunting, but the story really has been trimmed nicely, without many pages of excess. The need to know what was next, why Willa wore fingerless gloves everywhere, what cancer did Jem have, where would the story go: it went forward at breakneck pace. As much of the story is told in journal form, and there are several conversations retold from both sides, it could feel stilted to read – but again, very cleverly the author manages to craft dialog that both flows from one speaker to the next, but does so with such concise and clear voice, that the lack of the “he said” then “she said” is not even missed. There are a couple of spots where words were missed, or typos caused me to stumble as I read – but to be honest, they were nearly inconsequential when I think back on the book. I just wish that it were available in traditional book form as well as electronic, as I think it’s a book worth passing along to others to read. While the themes of cancer, and death by extension, are not going to be a first choice read – they are far overshadowed by the joy in acceptance and discovery that happen throughout this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book was incredibly long, it also felt incredibly real. You essentially live with these characters for six months and there is something on almost every day. I loved that there were so many simple moments and how well the characters were developed. I never felt like anything was cliche or predictable (at one point I had to read a few pages from the last chapter to make sure it ended okay). At first I wasn't a fan of the swearing or sexual situations, but they're teenagers with a lot of anger so they're going to swear and they're going to fool around. I definitely recommend this book though - just doing plan on finishing it in one day!
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I love these characters...everything about this story is perfect.
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pheebsPR More than 1 year ago
This is book is so beautifully written. So real and so raw. Yes it's along read, but it just flows. I found myself staying up way past my bedtime, just having to finish one more chapter and that would turn into 5 more. I highly recommend this book!
dddeyo More than 1 year ago
What a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a hidden gem that NEEDS world wide acknowledgement. Never have I heard characters voices days and weeks after I finish a book. The writing is superb, lyrical and absolute perfection. I have read this several times and learn/discover something new every time. It's about love for oneself, selfish love of family, mercy, forgiveness and so many other lessons that would serve this world well. That said it is not a religious book. It is just pure beauty.
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The main characters are strong. The story is strong and the emotions will run deep. A truly beautiful story. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are great, the plot is entertaining, and the writing style is enjoyable. The author does a great job of bringing the reader into the story's world; and as a result, one really experiences the same emotions as the characters. The length seems daunting at first, but this book is a real page-turner and will have you begging for more once it does end. I highly recommend reading Wake!
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