Title: Notes to Self
Author: Avery Sawyer
Publication Date: November 20, 2011
Two climbed up. Two fell down.
One woke up.
Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a
hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy
named Reno. She's coasting along, trying to get through yet another
tedious year of high school, when Em suggests something daring. They
live in Florida-- tourist central--and Emily wants to sneak into a theme
park after midnight and see what they're made of.
get out of control, Robin wakes up in a hospital bed and Emily doesn't
wake up at all. Just getting dressed becomes an ordeal as Robin tries to
heal and piece together the details of that terrible night. Racing to
remember everything in the hopes of saving Emily, Robin writes a series
of notes to herself to discover the truth.
I really wanted to love this book. The more I read it, the more I wanted to love it. The concept of a person recovering from a traumatic brain injury and having to re-learn basic things like how to take a shower was absolutely fascinating to me. The story flipped back and forth between the present and the past as Robin struggles to regain her memories and figure out exactly what happened the night she and Emily fell..
The reason why this book was a like, but not a love, was the main character, Robin. To be blunt, I didn't like her. It's not so much the way she was after the accident, because I can definitely cut her some slack there. It was the way she was before: selfish and apathetic. I'm not a big fan of people who are too cool to care about anything.
Another thing that bothered me were the kids in Robin's school. They were so nasty! I really had a hard time believing that Robin's return to school would be met with so much ridicule and so little kindness. And seriously, do kids in grade nine actually try to buy Vikoden? Even Robin isn't really above this cruelty, calling girls in grade six (that's 11 years old!) "horny little bitches." I graduated high school 6 years ago and that was not my experience at all. Have times changed that drastically or was this a bit extreme?
Despite these issues, this was a really interesting read. I loved watching Robin try to piece together her own life, while also worrying non-stop about her friend Emily, who is still in a coma. My favourite character by far was Reno, who was the only decent teen in the entire book. He was generally steady and supportive of Robin, although he had his own flaws as well.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries, as well as anyone with an interest in medicine and recovery processes.
On The Cover
I'm a bit undecided on this cover. I think it's too grey for me. However, it looks like they've changed the cover on Amazon, although I like the new one less than the original.
Rating: 4 hearts
Source: Free via Amazon
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