Awake book reviewTitle:  Awake

Author:  Natasha Preston
Release Date:  August 4, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Source:  NetGalley

Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question – until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it…because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.

And they want her back. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Awake is an interesting story about an ordinary teenage girl who turns out to be anything but.

Scarlett seems to think that she’s pretty ordinary though, aside from not remembering anything before the age of four. She seems to think this is a big deal, but I don’t. I mean, who remembers much from their toddler years?

I know I don’t, so couldn’t really see what all the fuss was about and why people seemed so shocked. And when the cute new boy asks you to tell him something about yourself, why would that be the first thing that pops to mind? Weird.

The story is told from both Scarlett and Noah’s POVs, but was easy to follow thanks to helpful chapter headings. I really liked seeing things from Noah’s POV, especially when it came to his background and how he was raised.

Found the whole cult aspect of the story interesting, more so than Noah and Scarlett getting to know one another at the beginning of the book. There is the dreaded insta-love that annoys so many people, but was it really insta-love or something a little shadier?

There were parts of the story that seemed a little strange to me, but made sense later as we got more information. I did find the behavior of her parents a little odd at times and thought that they would be more protective, especially considering Scarlett’s history. Maybe more like the parents in Spy Kids? I know that there aren’t any secret agents in this story, but at least prepare your child and give her the tools to protect herself!

Overall, I found this an interesting story. Thought Scarlett should have stood up for herself a little more and not been so passive, but kept reminding myself that she was a teenage girl and they aren’t terribly assertive at the best of times, much less in traumatic situations.

The ending hinted at a sequel, but I have mixed feelings on whether or not I want to see what happens next. If you’ve read this one, would love to hear what you thought!

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