Book Review: Notes to Self by Avery Sawyer
First sentence: "I don't know if the lightning was actually there or if my brain added it afterward, when I searched it over and over for what Emily had said that night."
From Amazon.com: "Two climbed up. Two fell down. One woke up.
Robin 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.
When things 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."
My take: I don't know how this book isn't more popular or "out there" than it is. I read it and was engrossed from the beginning. I liked everything about it. The voice was done very well. Robin is a scrappy character -- smart and feisty. I felt terribly sorry for her situation. Some have called this a romance. I don't see it as a romance, but I do see it as a coming of age love story. A girl and her best friend, who she comes to learn maybe she didn't know as well as she thought she did. A girl who begins to notice her friend Reno in a new light, and how sweet he is to her throughout the whole story. The closeness that develops between Robin and her mother and Susan. There are so many little side stories going on here, but they are done in a way so as not to be distracting. Such a good book and I look forward to more work by this author in the future.
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Print Length: 168 pages
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