Waves

Waves

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Overview

Waves by Sharon Dogar, James Clamp

A coming-of-age story about a remarkable son who struggles to save his family from sorrow

When Hal's family makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave Charley, their comatose daughter, behind in a hospital ward while they spend the summer on the west coast of England, Hal finds it harder than ever to shake his sister's presence. What power is letting him share her memories? And will they reveal the deep, dark truth behind her tragic "accident"? Set at a beach where growing up goes wrong, this is a story about first love and first loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739338858
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 7 CDs, 8 hrs.
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 5.88(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author


Liverpool native Sharon Dogar is a graduate of the City Literary Institute of London, and her diverse métiers include being a waitress, bar girl, fruit picker, hearing therapist, school counselor, and now an official writer. Sharon enjoys staring at the sea, lying in meadows, reading stories, looking at pictures in galleries, watching theatre, spending time with family and children, and traveling to here and there.

Sharon’s first book with Scholastic’s Chicken House, Waves, will be released in 2007. About how the story was birthed, Sharon comments, “I had ‘the moment.’ That moment when a character just arrives in your mind and begs to be written--whether you want to do it or not. I remember it was lunchtime, and I was fed up and angry because everything I tried to write felt dull and dead. I walked into the sitting room and had a thought: I was by the sea. And in that moment I saw a boy with his back to me, he was in the kitchen of a beach house, looking at something on the wall. Looking at it with utter intensity and absorption. I knew straight away his name was Hal. I walked back into my own kitchen and wrote the prologue, immediately and completely, exactly as it remains now in the final manuscript. And then I had to write the story to go with it!”

For the future Sharon plans to be an involved and active mother and eventually grandmother, see spring turn into summer every year, and of course, continue writing. She presently resides in England with her husband and three children.

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Waves 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Every year the whole family goes to Cornwall, to the beach house, for vacation. Mum, Dad, Charley, Hal, Sara -- one big happy family, every year. Until this year. This year Charley won't be there. This year they won't be much of a happy family anymore. And it's all because of Charley. Charley's staying at home, in a hospital bed, in a coma. Caught somewhere between life and death. She's been that way since Hal found her last summer, washed up on the rocks by the water.

Ever since that day, nothing seems right, or even okay anymore. Mum and Dad have been fighting, Mum's unpredictable and distant, Hal is confused and angry, and even Sara asks questions that no one can answer and says things no one can understand.

The one thing Hal knows for sure is that his sister is not in the body that lies in that hospital bed. He can't stand to go there. He can't stand to see his vibrant, lively sister colorless and wasted. He can't stand to hear people talk to her like she's a sick child, like the world is still normal. Vacation seems like an escape to Hal.

At the beach house, Hal finds he's more trapped than ever. Charley is everywhere: in pictures, in memories, in the secret places they used to explore, in the memories of the new friends he's making, even in his head. Hal is starting to think that there's more to the story than any of them realize. The closer he gets to it, the more he can feel and hear his sister. Maybe he can find the answers that they both need. But, time is running short, and things are starting to seem dangerous. Every answer brings more questions, and Hal doesn't know if he's prepared to do what needs to be done. He only knows that he has to find a way, for Charley, for his family, for himself.

While some readers may find it hard to accept the clairvoyant relationship between Hal and Charley, it's not really hard to believe. When you're a kid no one understands you better than your family. Especially a brother or sister that's very close to you in age, and is your best friend. Who else would know you thoughts, and hear you when no one else is listening?

Not just a touching story (yes I cried) but beautiful. Yes, it's heartwarming, and heartbreaking. Sure, it's a coming of age story. It's also mysterious and surprisingly suspenseful. The characters are full, whole people. They surprise you, and make you angry, and make you feel what they feel. And the ending is the kind of ending that's so right that it makes you mad. It may not be what you expected, or what you wanted, but it's right and it's real. Just like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a little over a year ago, and I loved it so much. Dogar did an amazing job of interjecting flashbacks to make sense and add information. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good summer read, it has romance, pain, and exceptional characters.
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This is by-far the best book that i have ever read! I am thirteen years old, so i do a lot of reading in school and out. This book i actually read outside of school. It is amazing. If you like mysterie, love stories, realistice fiction.... you will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waves is about Hal , a fifteen-year-old boy whose sister was in a near-fatal surfing accident a year before the book begins. When he and his family return to their seaside house next summer, leaving Charley in a coma back in Oxford, Hal tries to piece together what really happened that year, and why Charley's desperate cries for help as she lies dying are always in his head. I expected a lot from this book, but I was very dissapointed. It got very repetitive at times, and I found my mind wandering. The ending was not a happy one, and I was very let down by the strange scene where all was revealed. No dramatic twists, although Sharon Dogar obviously attempted one. A nice writing style is really all I can say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waves by Sharon Dogar in my opinion was one of the most intense, interesting, ¿need to find out what happens¿ kind of suspenseful novels I have ever read. It was published in April of 2007, and is 352 pages of words that seem to evaporate off the paper. Sharon Douglas uses a lot of descriptive imagery to make you visual the beach and most of the scenes which contributes to the mysterious scenic element of the book. Through out the novel a mystery develops, the beginning is a bit dry but as you approach page 50 or so it gets interesting, with quotes such as ¿I stare at them both, but they don't notice, and the shiver inside me becomes fixed and cold, hard and frozen - I want to howl with laughter at the weird friggin' irony of it. Why now, why are they thinking about this now? Just when she's coming alive again for me? Why now, just when I'm beginning to remember? Perhaps that's why - because I'm beginning to remember something?¿ The story is set in Oxford, England in summer time in a beach house, but most of the story takes place on the actual beach and in the woods by the beach. Charley is the main character Hal¿s brother and she is in a coma. Hal is the main character and he is trying to find out how she got into the coma. The theme I got from this book was if you love someone you will do whatever you can to help them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. It is a mystery what happens up until the very end of the book, yet the author keeps you hanging during the WHOLE book! Not many people have heard about it, so spread the news, 'Waves is here!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an amazing book...the author has a way with words and descriptions and keeps you hooked. it was almost suspenseful because i wanted so badly to find out what happened. the plot line is quite different from any other book. you won't be able to put it down!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Waves was really interesting. However the first section was a little repetitive and slow. But the next two sections definatly made up for it because they really got me hooked. The book has a great plot and kept me reading so I would recomend it, just don't give up if you find the beginning a little boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a constantly on the look-out for new books. I'm not a fan of the typical 'chick lit', it seems boring and monotonous. So finding a decent read is hard. When I bought this book, I wasn't too sure about it. In the beginning, it is a bit dry and a little hard to follow. But once you hit the early-middle of the book, you're hooked. It was very unique, captivating, and just.. different, which, like I said, is hard to find these days. The author did an amazing job and has a very cool writing style that I admire. It's a great read, when I read the last sentence, I had chills. Great characters, amazing plot, and it just utterly fantastic. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it keeps you hanging tell the last page, weaves with summer love, brother sister love. Doger connects you to the character as if you are right there with them.