A small college town's populace is tied, complicitly, to the brutal, bullying, attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast.
AN ADULTEROUS FATHER IS HAUNTED BY HIS PAST -- HIS WIFE LIVES HER LIFE IN A RIGID SHELL -- THEIR SON, UNTETHERED, DISCOVERS THE SECRET THEY SHARE WITH DEEPIKA, A VISITOR TO THEIR TOWN FROM NORTHERN INDIA.
"I see all of these people. They're living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won't remember any of it when--if--I wake up. But I'll try to remember--I'll try damn hard."
MIDDLETON, MONTANA --OCTOBER 2004--AN ELECTION YEAR
While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family's darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.
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The Bullets are a family that seem like everything is going well but inside there is a lot of things happening that each one is ignoring. That is until some bullies at Chris’ school decide that he is different and gay and beat him up with a baseball bat. The story is told from Chris’ view point as he lies in a coma and see’s everything happening around him and to his mother and father. This is a heart wrenching story. Poor Chris is targeted because he is different and in a little town that is quite a big deal. Then you learn of his father’s unfaithfulness, his mother’s struggles with a medical condition, and a grandfather that is worse than his father. There is a lot more happening than you initially see and while you learn this you keep wondering if Chris is going to recover. This is a great story and one that I recommend everyone read. It is more of a contemporary story but one that will show you how it’s more important to learn about someone than just putting your opinions on them. Justin Bog is a wonderful author and one that I will be watching out for others books by him. I received Wake Me Up from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
This is Justin Bog's most extraordinary book to date, and an absolute masterpiece! Intensely written, this is the tragic story of a teenage montana boy who lies at the heart of this tale, comatose after a brutal beating fueled by hate, and the chaos that ensues after the attack. all told through the eyes of our victim and hero, Chris Bullet. The author weaves the story together as a group of individual stories as witnessed by Chris almost supernaturally in his altered and ethereal state. brilliantly crafted, complex, and beautifully written! I cannot say enough great things about this fine book, and happily encourage everyone to read it. It is a story of the injustice of our times, and I believe it will be a story that will stay on the shelves long after our times have all passed. If you read nothing else this year, please read this. five + stars.
I have previously read ‘Hark’ by this author so I was aware of the writing style before embarking on ‘Wake Me Up’ .. as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to read it. It’s deep, dark and absorbing. This is one hell of a dysfunctional family. Fifteen year old Chris is the subject of a hate crime, abused by some of his classmates, they attack him brandishing a baseball bat and basically cave in his skull .. the motive for this apparently is because he is gay! Chris has to be placed into a medically induced coma to stand any chance of his swollen brain subsiding … during this time he ‘watches’ his family as the secrets and lies unfold. Will his struggle for survival be successful? The characters are all complex and intertwined. I really like the way this author has the ability to make you care about his plot, it hits between the eyes sometimes and I think he intentionally likes to shock the reader but this makes for an intense experience which works. I really enjoyed this. Thanks to the author and Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
Wake Me Up is a powerful story. Justin Bog is a special writer. He has a unique writer's voice. I find the way he structures his stories to be a breath of fresh air. His writing is well-written, engrossing, and detailed. In his newest release, Bog does not hold back in throwing us right into the action. We meet Chris who is a shy, teen boy. He becomes a victim of a hate crime. This story is told as Chris remains in a medically induced coma from the major brain trauma he sustained. He watches his dysfunctional family unravel. Buckle up and get ready for the emotional roller coaster ride through a torn family's drama. A mother who has experienced a cheating husband and now a dying son, a father whose depression and choices have brought him to the verge of death, and a boy who is just trying to survive. The ending was a surprise. I was satisfied with how it all came together. An important read for all.
The characters in this novel were so richly drawn and multi-layered, I felt as if I knew them-I wanted to cry with some, and slap others. The story line is timely, and I appreciated the approach from the omniscient (and surprising) narrator, allowing insight into the different players in a small town and their thoughts, concerns, and actions in regards to a teenage boy being beaten by bullies over his perceived homosexuality. One thing that struck me, and really set the tone of the story for me, was the thoughts of several people at the school who kind of, sort of, or not at all, knew Chris (the victim) but would 'light a candle for him' just the same. Justin Bog is a very skilled writer and I can't imagine this story being told any differently and having the same impact. Highly recommend for parents, school workers, teenagers.