Title: Wild Awake
Author: Hilary T. Smith
Summary: Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:
1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
My Thoughts: I’ve been finished with Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith for a few hours now, and I still cannot decide what to think – or how to feel – about it. One thing I can think consistently is, “Wild is right …” The book has a strong start, and then there’s a gasp-worthy revelation. And it’s all downhill from there. By the time the book ended, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it. I also couldn’t figure out what the point of this story is. And the end, well, it left me wanting a lot.
Kiri, whom I kept thinking of as Kiki for some reason, is an … interesting(?) character. The phone call mentioned in the summary changes her summer – and likely her life. And I’m not so sure it’s a good change. On one hand, she’s much more WIDE awake than she’d ever been. But that wide certainly is WILD – as the title implies. I want to say more about this, but I really don’t want to risk spoiling anything. Let’s just say I absolutely hate her parents. They make me look like the Mother of the Century. And, honestly, I’m not sure how that situation works. It takes place in Canada, and I’m not aware in any way of what their laws are like. Here in the States, any parents leaving their child home alone for six weeks with zero adult supervision would likely be hearing from DCFS, or whatever various states call their child/family services.
Overall, there were moments I loved the book. Moments I wasn’t too fond of it. Moments of confusion. And the ending was not at all satisfying. Although, in some odd way, it makes sense of the rest of the book. At the end, I did feel I better understood Kiri and the point of the whole book. But, I still wanted a little more of what’s next for her. An epilogue would’ve been nice.
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: Wild Awake is scheduled for release around May 28, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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