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Wake by Lisa McMann

Wake (2008)

by Lisa McMann

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Series: Wake Trilogy (1)

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There's a fundamental problem in Wake that no plot device can overcome: the writing. When I read a book, I want to be involved in it. I want to be swept away by it, I want to drown in it. And then there's Wake with it's sparse third person narrative. It tells us actions, shows us nothing.

Janie falls in love with Cabe over the course of this book. We have no idea why. Is it maybe because of those giant Snickers bars? I'd fall in love with a person because of giant Snickers bars.

Wake haunts us with no emotions. You feel like you fell into a rabbit hole where there's no feeling. Plus several plot lines made me roll my eyes in earnest A fine agent Cabe is, if he's willing to throw everything away for a girl. And an even better Captain tells all to the girl to assuage her jealousy. Plus, it's really convenient that the Captain knows of Stubins. And even more convenient that they found the solution to Janie's problems in books.And that Stubins was around to show Janie that she could do something. How'd she go blind? Why was she in the Home? No one knows the answers because Janie doesn't care about anything other than herself. And how convenient that her mother springs to help when she's short of 20 dollars. A nice thing to do especially when you don't care even in the slightest about your daughter, either ways. .

The End.

P.S - I read this book twice, without realising it. The second time around I thought I didn't read it and found the premise interesting enough to chide myself and begin reading it again. Then I was caught in the vortex of No Feeling and there was no escape. It felt like one of Janie's dreams actually. ( )
  ashpapoye | Jan 24, 2014 |
A book that was really overhyped which effected how I enjoyed it. A decent book, but lacked explanation in a lot of parts. Would recommend it to entry level teen readers, but is a suspect recommendation to discerning readers ( )
  rdwhitenack | Jan 16, 2014 |
I read this book a long time ago and had very mixed feelings about it. I'll start off by saying that the plot is very interesting--it runs like a good movie, and has lots of excitement packed in there. For the most part, everything that happens is believable and the whole ride is completely worth the effort of getting into the book. The supernatural abilities in the story are interesting and extremely well written (they felt real to me), if not fully explained. This is the first book in a trilogy, so the lack of technical details is understandable and it doesn't really detract from the excellent plot.
I also like the characters--the protagonists quickly endear themselves to the reader, and even the bit characters have startling kernels of truth to them that make them interesting. My only real complaint is that Janie occasionally grated on me because of that period of time where she refused to even hear Cabel out. But even that, I guess, worked. Teenage melodrama, you know.
The writing style is not my favorite. It's not bad, and it's not dry, but it's very austere, I suppose. Dreamlike, which suits the purposes of the novel, but isn't usually my favorite thing to read.
Overall, I give it four stars. Read this sucker if you need to get sucked into another world where someone has bigger problems than you, but it still turns out okay in the end. Or if you feel like things are completely out of control for you and you're looking to be inspired just a little. It won't impart any revelations, but it's great to get you out of your head. ( )
  Inkwind | Dec 28, 2013 |
Could have been so much better.

The story proceeds with short bursts of action, some actually happening and some others just dreamed.
Third person, present tense, composed of brief statements: this kind of writing, telegraphic and somewhat fractured, surely gives a dream-like quality to the narration.

But I think that maybe I would have liked it more if it was written more "traditionally". I struggled to follow the narration and I always felt like I was missing pieces of the story.
I'm just unoriginal that way, I guess. ( )
  sbinifera | Nov 8, 2013 |
Good, quick read. Compelling characters and storyline. Fast paced and interesting. Oh, and I love Cabe. ( )
  CreativeJunkie | Sep 23, 2013 |
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This one is for you,
To my amazing in-home cheerleaders, house cleaners, and editors--Matt, Kilian and Kennedy--you rock. There would be no Janie without your love, help, patience, and support.
Special thanks to Dr. Diane Blake Harper, my dear friend and Google-monkey; to Dr. Louis Catron for your kind, priceless critiques; to Ramon Collins for your years of support; and to Tricia, Chris, Erica, Greg, Dawn, Joe, David, Jen, Lisa, Andy, Matthew, Linda, Andie, and Ally for your generous assistance.
Finally, warmest gratitude to my fantastic agent, Michael Bourret, who believed in Janie and in me, and great praises for a most terrific team at Simon Pulse - Jennifer Klonsky, Caroline abbey, Michael del Rosario, and all the others who help make dreams come true.
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Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers.
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For 17 year-old Janie Hannagan, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams. The naked but nobody notices dreams. And the sex-crazed teenager dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

But then there are the nightmares that leave her blind and paralyzed in fear, even after the dreams are over. Those are the worst. Because one day, someone's going to notice her free-falling to the floor after somebody's study hall nap time nightmare, or collapsing outside a resident's room at the nursing home where she works. Or her worst fear: careening headlong into a tree if she ever drives past *that* house again.

She can't tell anybody about it. They'd never believe her. And she can't do anything to stop it. Until she gets to know Cabel Strumheller, a secretive, pothead flunkie turned pretty-boy. And he accidentally falls into a dream with her on the senior high bus trip to Stratford.

It's his own dream.
And it's a dream he'd rather no one knows about.
Especially Janie Hannagan.
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"Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow student that she discovers her true power"--T.p. verso.… (more)

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