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by Adele Griffin

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Seventeen-year-old Ember almost died the day her car went over the bridge. After 8 months of recovery and therapy from her operations, Ember is finally getting to return home. Her parents and best friend Rachel assure her she is back to normal, but Ember feels as if she’s missing something. Read the rest of the review on my blog. Are you following my blog yet? I hope so! That way you'll get entire reviews in your inbox instead of just blurbs. Here's the link: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/loud-awake-and-lost-adele-gri... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin was an interesting story about a girl named Ember who is unsure of her identity after she is in a wreck that causes the death of Anthony. The writing style was a little hard for me to get into, but by the time I was halfway through the book, I was used to it and the story compelled me to finish. I am glad I did. As Ember seeks to recover lost memories of the time period leading up to the accident, she wonders who she had been before the accident. Her best friend and her had had a falling out. Her boyfriend and her had broken up. She had quit dance. All of the things that had made her "her" she had been moving away from... but to what she didn't know.

The story takes the reader on a journey of discovery as Ember slowly regains bits and pieces of her memory to puzzle back together into the full story of who Anthony was, how he came to be in her car, why she had been changing before the accident, and where these revelations will take her into the future. Griffin's book is a fairly fast-paced read. It brought back some sweet first childhood love memories. The revelation of the truth is heartbreaking and bittersweet. Griffin ties it all up together very neatly and gives the reader a satisfying ending with promise. All in all, a great read. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
Ember is returning home after months of rehab, recovering from a car accident in which she was the driver and which claimed the life of the teenage boy who was riding with her.

She’s got a lot going on -- continuing her physical rehabilitation, including giving up the life of a dancer she once might have been; her loving parents trying not to suffocate her with concern; her former boyfriend, a perfect guy who isn’t over her; losing her touch as a foodie with panache in the kitchen; and not remembering anything about Anthony, who was in the car that night. No one else knew Anthony either.

Spending time on her own, lost in her own thoughts, Ember meets a street artist, Kai, who seems to know her better than she knows herself and who lights up her world. She keeps him a secret from everyone else.

Pages and pages later, we find out why.

This is far from a perfect book. The slow pacing will just about kill interest for teens craving action, although Ember’s yearning for the excitement of being with Kai may keep romance readers interested. It’s not hard to figure out the mystery in the story, and it does make sense. But the Ember who is drawn to Kai and the Ember in the real world don’t mesh. Adele Griffin writes lyrical prose but could have written a shorter novel here to attract more readers. For a high school fiction writing workshop, this would make an interesting book to deconstruct. ( )
  Perednia | Jun 20, 2014 |
Being seriously injured in a car accident and requiring months of hospitalization and rehabilitation is awful enough. To find out that the passenger in the car you were driving died is even worse. But possibly the worst thing would be not to remember what happened weeks prior to and the day of the accident and to not know who the passenger was. Adele Griffin tackles this in loud awake and lost. Ember has no idea who Anthony, the passenger, was. All she knows is that she was on her way from Brooklyn to Mount Kisco to visit her aunt on that icy day. All she knows is that she was saved and he wasn’t. That is a terrible burden.

Her best friend, Rebecca, and her ex-boyfriend, Holden, make statements about ‘before’ the accident, but Ember has no clue. Ember knows she and Holden had broken up weeks before.

But memory is a funny thing and even small, insignificant events and statements can spark a memory, and so it does with Ember. She visits places she visited ‘before’ and sees people she hung out with ‘before’ and memories start to return in bits and pieces.

If that was all there was to loud awake and lost, it would be fine. But in the hands of Adele Griffin, it is more. The writing is vivid. The trail of Ember’s memory is awesome. The ending is unbelievable…not in the sense you can’t believe it, but in the sense you don’t see it coming (or at least I didn’t). My favorite character, although a small (but pivotal) character, is Isabella. The reaction of everyone, from family to close friends to acquaintances, seems right on. You just want to keep on reading to find out what happens.

There’s suspense. There’s self discovery. There’s lost girl trying to find herself. One of the best books I’ve read this year. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Mar 18, 2014 |
Ember does not remember the months preceding the car accident that landed her in the hospital for a year and ended her dancing career. Now trying to start her life again, Ember feels that something isn't quite right. She receives hints that during the months missing from her memory, she had made changes that disrupted her parents and lifelong friends perception of her. When she discovers that a boy, Anthony, died in the car accident she tries to retrace her steps toward the fateful night her car went over the bridge.

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  RussianLoveMachine | Feb 11, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385752725, Hardcover)

LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That's the only thing left she can cling to.

AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about?

LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away.

In the wake of her critically praised young adult psychological thrillers, Tighter and All You Never Wanted, National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin has created another triumph. Loud Awake & Lost is an unflinching story of loss and recovery.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:26:07 -0400)

Eight months after a debilitating car accident leaves her with brain trauma and a back injury, amnesiac teen Ember tries to piece together the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident--and determine why none of her friends or family are willing to talk about it.… (more)

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