Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Published: 2013
By: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hrs., 50 mins.
ISBN:  9780062268266

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Her life was great. She was a disciplined teen with great aspirations when it came to her music career as a pianist. An entire summer to practice her daily regimen of Bach concertos, watering the azaleas, and hanging out with her hunky best friend while they got high and practiced their pieces for Battle of the Bands. Until one night Kiri gets a call that changed her life; opens her eyes to the reality of what really happened to her sister five-years-ago, and the result of how much her life winds up changing of it all.

Compared to what I’ve read in the past, this book was different. Perhaps because I’m trying to imagine it as a real-life situation, if one of my students was dealing with everything Kiri was going through, as her best friend’s mother diagnosed her as potential Monomanic, I’m kind of wondering what a person is really dealing with. Based on a quick Google search, being a monomaniac is somebody who obsesses on a single thing, but I feel like Kiri was focusing on a lot more than just one. So, maybe I just don’t get it.

There’s also Kiri’s boyfriend, Skunk, who had a psychotic break months before while performing with his former Montréaliens band and is now supposed to be on a path to recovery, but as Kiri finds out he hasn’t been taking care of himself – and much to her chagrin for sounding like his aunt Martine, she starts to agree that he should.

This was a good book, but not one of my favorites. I can’t remember if I originally heard about it on Netgalley, or if I received a request to review it and just never got around to it. But here it is! I’m not super impressed, but I’m sure somebody else could relate to the characters and their situations.

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I'm a junior high librarian finding her way into the lives of her students through the art of literature.
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