The Wake Up

The Wake Up

by Catherine Ryan Hyde


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The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a hauntingly emotional novel of how one man’s life changes forever when he rediscovers his ability to feel the pain of others.

Something has been asleep in forty-year-old cattle rancher Aiden Delacorte for a long time. It all comes back in a rush during a hunting trip, when he’s suddenly attuned to the animals around him, feeling their pain and fear as if it were his own. But the newfound sensitivity of Aiden’s “wake up” has its price. He can no longer sleepwalk through life, holding everyone at arm’s length. As he struggles to cope with a trait he’s buried since childhood, Aiden falls in love with Gwen, a single mother whose young son bears a burden of his own.

Sullen and broken from his experiences with an abusive father, Milo has turned to acting out in violent and rebellious ways. Aiden can feel the boy’s pain, as well as that of his victims. Now he and Milo must sift through their pasts to find empathy with the innocent as well as the guilty, to come to terms with their deepest fears, and to finally discover the compassionate heart of a family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542047951
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 209,701
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.

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The Wake Up 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Holly 11 days ago
All it took was one hunting trip for Aiden for old feelings of empathy toward animals to want to change everything about his life. Being a cattle rancher, that was harder to do until he meets a woman with two kids, one being Milo that has issues due to his abusive father. As Aiden and Milo go through the trials and tribulations of trying to be a family, they soon realize that they both have to face the past before they can be the family they deserve to be. I don't want to spoil too much about anything with this book but this was a tearjerker of a read. It will have you wondering why Milo is the way he is until you learn the truth about that, it was pretty hard to read that a father will do that to his own son but it does happen more than we like to admit. The only problem I had with this book that it spent too much time with Aiden and his empathy toward animals all of a sudden, I just don't know if that would be possible to happen in the real world but you never know. If you are looking for a good read that will keep you glued to the pages until the last word is read, I would highly recommend this book! Thank You to Catherine Ryan Hyde for yet another good story that will get people to talk about issues that most people won't talk about! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
BookLoverinFlorida 3 months ago
What an interesting topic for a story - the ability to feel the feelings of others. I really enjoyed the strangers to friends theme - including Aiden being supportive of the single mother, not trying to control Milo. A pleasant read for your next weekend getaway to the cabin!
Sobryan More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde. Everything she writes always hits home with an emotional punch. "The Wake Up" is no different. The story of a gentle horse rancher and his efforts to help a fragile child is so touching. Readers can't help but cheer for Aiden, who struggles to cope with empathy for both people and animals, and Milo, a child impacted by emotional and physical abuse. Together, they "wake up" to see what can be achieved when strength comes from unlikely sources. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
When an old feeling reawakens in Aiden he can no longer do his job the way he used to. He was a successful cattle farmer, but experiencing the pain of animals makes it impossible for him to continue. The wake up also has another effect. Aiden used to suppress his feelings, not letting anyone in and blocking every possible emotion. This helped him to get by for many years, but now he has to find a different way to cope. His change costs him his relationship and makes him find new love. His girlfriend Gwen is a single mother with two children. Her daughter Elizabeth is easy to get along with, but her son Milo is struggling with traumas of the past. Milo is acting out. He's hurting inside and inflicts pain on others as a result. His abusive father tried to destroy Milo. Gwen eventually left him, but not before he was able to cause maximal damage. Aiden can feel Milo's turbulent emotions, but when Milo tries to hurt animals he's also being crippled by their pain. Will Aiden be able to control his instinctive reactions and find it in his heart to forgive Milo for his actions because of the reason behind them? Is there a possibility that Milo will improve if Aiden gives him a chance? The Wake Up is a fantastic original story. Aiden has two different emotional states, he either feels too much or he doesn't feel anything at all. They are both difficult to deal with, but by learning to handle his empathic side he has a lot more to gain. It's the hard way, but also the most rewarding one, which is something I really loved about his story. What also greatly impressed me was Aiden's relationship with Milo. Milo is difficult and often lands himself in dangerous situations because he takes too many risks. Aiden is initially angry with him, but he also looks deep inside himself and finds similarities between the two of them. By focusing on this he might be able to help. The development of their relationship kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved how Catherine Ryan Hyde describes this impressive process. She does this with so much understanding, sympathy and heart that no words can express how amazing the effect is. Catherine Ryan Hyde has a beautiful open writing style. Her stories always contain a form of wisdom that's easy to understand and that greatly impresses me. I love her outlook on life and the messages she gives her readers through her stories. The Wake Up is a very special book. I loved that Aiden slowly becomes part of a family, how his past and present have many similarities and the way he slowly gets to know himself through working hard on his issues. There are so many gorgeous emotional layers and Catherine Ryan Hyde thoroughly explores all of them. She combines this with a stunning hint of magic and the result is a thought-provoking story filled with love, flaws and beauty. The Wake Up moved me to tears many times. I highly recommend this brilliant spellbinding book.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by Catherine Ryan Hyde! This is a story of family, love, and redemption. I laughed and I cried and sweet Milo broke my heart. I love the descriptions in the book as I could picture myself right on the ranch with the horses. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC. All opinions are my own. Amazon
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
I predict this book is going to be a bestseller! "When you realize that who you become and what you do seem to rely on a combination of factors that are partly out of your control..." This statement from the psychiatrist in the novel, may need to be re-read more than once. Upon reading further in the book, you will agree that this statement is true and wise. This is a beautiful story. It shows the importance of love, compassion,empathy, patience and acceptance as we deal with others, especially those with problems. This book could prove to be a "wake-up" experience to each of us as we read. A 10 star book!
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Wake Up is an outstanding, five-star, character-driven book. Once I started reading this novel, I lost all track of time. I quickly became absorbed in the character’s lives and had a hard time putting the book down, for even a moment. The Wake Up is a heartfelt story about love, trust and acceptance, and how two struggling, lost boys, found their place in the world. Aiden Delacorte is an empath; he is also a cattle rancher. From a young age, Aiden learned to shut out his feelings. He hid his true self under layers and layers of blocked emotions. Aiden wouldn’t come alive again until the day he stopped drinking. But, by then, Aiden’s business as a cattle rancher, was a successful and thriving one. So, Aiden was at a loss; because, he could no longer stomach the fact, that he was raising cattle, for slaughter. Aiden’s life took another major turn when he fell in love with, Gwen, a single mother. Gwen’s daughter, Elizabeth, was an easy child to love, but her son, Milo, not so much. Milo had a unique ability to zero in on a person’s weakness and bait them until they reacted. Aiden found himself to the point of violence when he saw Milo hurting his dog. Aiden could feel his dog’s pain and fear, and those feelings drove Aiden almost to the point of no return. Little did Aiden know though, that he had a lot in common with Milo and that they would become each other’s teacher. This story is absolutely beautiful. It touched my soul. Catherine Ryan Hyde has a magnificent ability to bring her characters to life. All the characters in this book are developed, but Milo and Aiden came alive for me. This book warmed my heart, made me think and feel, tear up and smile. It’s a heartfelt story with many layers. I was engrossed from the first page until the last. The Wake Up is a quality read that I highly recommend. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
What an amazing and thoughtful story, "The Wake Up" by Catherine Ryan Hyde is.  I loved everything about it. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a wonderful storyteller and weaves her details, descriptions and characters together for a wonderful reading experience. The genre for this story is Fiction. The story is told in the present tense and goes back to the past when it is relevant to the characters and events. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.  Aiden Delacorte, is a 40-year-old rancher, who suddenly has what he calls a "wake up" during a deer hunt.  Aiden is very away of the animals around him and their feelings. He no longer can hunt and he starts to recall that he was a sensitive child growing up.  He could not step on ants, for fear of hurting them. As an adult, until this wake up, Aiden hadn't felt anything. Now Aiden is extremely sensitive and empathetic mostly to animals.  Aiden's neighbors look at this as a weakness, and wonder what is wrong. Aiden has a new girlfriend, Gwen, with two children. Gwen's young son, Milo, is an angry and rebellious child, after growing up in a home with an abusive father.  Somehow Aiden starts to relate and feel Milo's feelings and understands his acting out. Will Aiden be able to help Milo and himself? I appreciate the way Catherine Ryan Hyde discusses important issues such as emotional and sexual abuse, self acceptance and worth, and the benefit of psychological counseling. The author also shows the importance of family, friends, support, encouragement, love hope and faith, learning and growth.  Some of my favorite scenes are on the ranch with the horses, cows and other animals.  I also liked the interaction with Aiden and Gwen's children.  I would highly recommend this for readers of fiction. I would like to thank Catherine Ryan Hyde, NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.