Book Review: Awake

Book Review: Awake

Whitney Robbins, Writer

Let’s be honest, we all have those forgetful moments, like where we put our keys, or an assignment that’s due that day…but losing four years worth of memories is a completely different matter. Join Scarlett in Natasha Preston’s Awake as she tries to get her memories back with the (apparent) help of her boyfriend.

Because of a house fire twelve years ago, Scarlett Garner doesn’t remember anything before the age of four. She’s never been bothered about it, though. Not even when Noah, the new kid and Scarlett’s new boyfriend, pushes her to try to remember. It isn’t until she is in a car accident that she starts to remember pieces of her forgotten memories that both confuse and scare her. The more Scarlett learns and remembers, the more scared and endangered she becomes.

Awake jumps between the perspectives of both Scarlett and Noah each chapter, giving readers a more thorough and interesting story. I found that two narrators made the book frustrating to read at times. One narrator, like Noah, has most (if not all) the answers to our questions, but keeps us readers and the other narrator, like Scarlett, in the dark. If you are not into books with two narrators or want to save yourself the frustration, Awake may not be the book for you. With that being said, I don’t regret reading the book. Awake has many plot twists that kept me reading, and it gave me a new perspective in writing formats. 

If you are looking for your next mystery, suspense, and/or YA fiction book, you might enjoy reading Preston’s Awake