Wild Awake

Wild Awake

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In Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith's exhilarating and heart-wrenching YA debut novel, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents. She intends to devote herself to her music and win Battle of the Bands with her bandmate and best friend, Lukas. Perhaps then, in the excitement of victory, he will finally realize she's the girl of his dreams.

But a phone call from a stranger shatters Kiri's plans. He says he has her sister's stuff--her sister, Sukey, who died five years ago. This call throws Kiri into a spiral of chaos that opens old wounds and new mysteries.

Like If I Stay and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wild Awake explores loss, love, and what it means to be alive.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 23mm | 272g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062184695
  • 9780062184696
  • 1,133,498

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Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away on vacation:

1. You will remember to the water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed and accurate phone messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. But really, the slightest--if you hear a noise. If you scrape your knee.
5. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
6. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won't be able to--
5. Sukey died five years ago; can't he--
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
* Also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
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Review quote

"Debut author Smith can craft a simile like no one's business, and her ebullient language drives this story, which captures moments of life at its highest and blurriest points: love, loss, music, freedom."--ALA Booklist
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Rating details

3,742 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 27% (999)
4 30% (1,114)
3 26% (991)
2 11% (426)
1 6% (212)
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