“Wide Awake” by Shelly Crane is about Emma Walker who has been in a coma for six months.
When she wakes up, Emma finds herself in a hospice with no recollection of what has happened to her. She can’t remember her own family or friends.
Although she has no recollection of her life, Emma’s family and friends want her to continue living the life that she used to have.
While her parents want her to apply to colleges and her friends want her to be a part of their group again, Emma just wants to focus on getting better and graduating from high school on time since she has been absent for so long.
The only person who is not pushing her to go back to her old life is Mason, her therapist, who is kind and encourages Emma to be herself and not who everyone else wants her to be.
When she finishes her therapy, Emma goes back to school. At school, students are in awe that Emma has actually lost her memory. They are all surprised to see that she is actually being nice to others because they are used to the Emma who didn’t care about what she said and who made fun of people.
When Emma tries to live her “old life,” she begins to wish she had never awakened. She wonders if she will ever be the girl that everyone wants her to be.
“Wide Awake” has the romance readers want with hints of reality, which reveals the problems in relationships that people have. It shows readers how relationships can get stronger even though there may be “bumps” in the road.
This book is recommended for teens because of some mature scenes that may not be appropriate for younger readers.