Monday, April 23, 2012

Neurotic Thoughts - Notes to Self

Notes to Self
Author: Avery Sawyer
Release Date: November 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published by: Avery Sawyer
Source: Received from the author for an honest review
Summary from Barnes & Noble:
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.

A fabulous read! Robin wants so badly to remember what happened to her and Emily the night they fell from the amusement park ride that they so stupidly climbed. Sadly the fall has affected her memory and there is a lot more than what happened that night that she can't remember. Robin has to face all of the students back at school without Emily, and finds that many of her classmates blame her for Emily's accident. Between the traumatic head injury and what boarders on bullying at school Robin is having a decidedly hard time getting back to life without Emily. Luckily her friend Reno starts coming around again when he hears of Emily accident. I loved Reno he is such a gentle soul, and you can tell even when at first he is awkward around Robin that he really does care about her. Notes to Self definitely gets a recommendation from me. 

Plot: Like nothing else I've read, In a good way!
Characters: Fantastically flawed
Writing: Engaging, I didn't want to put it down
Ending: In one way wonderful but in another it left me hanging
Kid Friendly: Some smoking, drinking, drugs, are mentioned
Overall: A touching book about friendship and family. 
Should You Read It? YES!

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