Saturday, June 2, 2012

Notes to Self by Avery Sawyer


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.

  • Number of Pages: 158 (estimated)


This seemed like a huge heartfelt novel the moment I read the summary. I pictured a book where the heroine goes through something and grows from the experience. That is exactly how I can sum it up. Robin isn’t really a heroine, just a regular girl who did something stupid with her best friend and is living with the consequences. This is a coming of age book, where real feelings come to light and how the character deals with these emotions. Once Robin wakes up, she is once again confronted with her usual problems with friends, family, popularity, etc. The difference is that this time she starts to see it from a different perspective. She sees it with new eyes.

It was great seeing how her memories took me back with her, and then brought me back to the present with how she now feels about that moment in time. It was very sincere and genuine. From 1-10? I give it a strong 6.

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