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Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1416974474
  • 9781416974475
  • 44,524

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I read the blurb for this book and thought it was interesting, so I picked it up. It took me a little while to start it, but once I did, I was hooked! It's a fast and easy read, though structured in a slightly different way than I've ever seen a book. It's written in segments with time stamp headings. It actually demonstrates the time that passes while she is trapped in a dream, as well as how long it takes her to recover. Frankly I didn't much pay attention to the headings; everything you really need to know is in the text. It starts out just following an ordinary girl who has a few extraordinary experiences, but then she falls into a dream where she's an active participant rather than just an observer, and things change. She finds an unlikely friend who becomes so much more, and finds a new way to go about her life and put her "curse" to good use, but it takes a heavy toll. Lisa McMann paints Janie in such a light that she seems like a normal teenager, and yet so different at the same time. Her relationships feel real, her plight totally believable, and you can't help but feel for her. The things she gets involved in and the ending are just "holy crap" worthy. Wake is a very different and unique young adult story that introduces you to a character you'll feel so invested in, you'll want to read the whole trilogy straight through back to back. It's a wild ride through the life and mind of a girl as she truly comes to terms with herself and her gift.show more
by Hillary Curran
"What did you dream about last night?" "Ohhhhh, I was in this very cool..."...many morning conversations start like this. Wake is about dreams, a daily and popular topic. The idea of a girl who has the ability to witness other people's dreams is creative and I expected the dreams to turn out as little appealing adventures that wouldn't let me sleep and dream myself. In the end I was disappointed to experience plain dreams being retold or co-dreamed instead. Interesting about Wake is that Janie feels a strange connection to a fellow student. This love story kept me going through the whole book, because love stories always tend to tantalize me and make me like the novel and characters even more. Janie and that special boy spend some time together and there are a few serious talking scenes, but there are also many rash actions and lack of character strength. Janie seems to be a character with some potential to touch the reader, she's got a troubled family background and a gift or curse that doesn't let her find sleep night after night. Unfortunately I couldn't connect to and care for her, she was just there. Wake is told from an omniscient narrator, which I think is the possible reason for my lack of connection. In addition the writing style is clipped and simple, whichI find not very captivating. A further negative aspect is Wake's number of pages, but this is just my opinion. I think Wake, Fade and Gone should have been published as one novel to create a more coherent and attractive book. Positive aspects about Wake are a few touching moments and some very important and intelligent motives that stand behind the overall storyline. THE VERDICT If you are interested in reading about Janie's special talent and the strange power that connects her to this particular boy you should pick Wake up. Still be careful, some dreams are not destined to be interrupted. Sleepy- thrilling? You decide!show more
by MissPageTurner
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) I read this book at the beginning of this month (September). I have been trying to figure out what to say in my review. It has really made me think about the rating of it, because it's not really a three, or really completely a four. I really liked this book, but it wasn't my favorite. It was a little hard to get into and a little hard to read at times because the sentences were kind of choppy, but I got into it after a little while and got used to it. I really liked the idea of Janie being able to enter someone's dream, but I wouldn't want to live someone's nightmares! I want to read the next book in the series, but it's not at the top of my list. I feel bad for how Janie has had to grow up. Her mom isn't the best at all, she needs to get stuff together and start acting like a mother to Janie. She's an alcoholic. I'm glad she started making friends, plus maybe more, with Cabel. He seemed like a nice guy. Can't wait to see how much farther that goes in the next book. Overall, I'm sorry I don't really have much to say about this book, hopefully it will get a lot better in the second book. Which I will try and pick up soon. =) Also, I will be checking out more of McMann's books, I'd like to see how the rest of her writing style is. The cover fits the book well, but isn't one of my favorites.show more
by Amanda
Dreams can usually be categorized as our source of entertainment while we are sleeping. Although we sometimes may not remember them, they often take us on a journey that we may (or may not) want to happen. For Janie Hannagan, though, dreams are her worst nightmares. Not like any other normal teenage girl, Janie witnesses the dreams that anyone within close proximity is dreaming. Of course, she doesn't really want this to happen, but it has been going on ever since she was eight. Janie is able to see the ordinary dreams, from falling to drowning to going to work without wearing any pants. Along with that, she is able to see people's secrets and what they desire the most. There is nothing Janie can do about this but to just keep the knowledge to herself. That all changes when Cable, the guy who everyone thought was a pothead and a dealer, enters her life as she enters his dreams. Half the time, the dreams are somewhat sweet and romantic, but then other times she witnesses the nightmares that have been haunting him. As Janie tries to sort out not only his dreams but her own feelings for Cable, she learns that the only way to survive her reactions towards other people's dreams is to control them -- and to help the people complete the tasks that they so desperately want to accomplish. Every now and then a novel gets published and becomes a work of art that we all will long remember. WAKE is one of those novels that is not only unique but also mesmerizing and exhilarating. With her debut novel, Lisa McMann creates something that will be on our minds and change the way we think about what we read.show more
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