Mainly Jem, who has survived cancer and Willa who lost her sister to cancer. There are a few chapters that offer viewpoints of their other siblings as well. The dialogue is fantastic, the snarky attitudes and slick humor was just right. I laughed, I cried, I smiled and I sighed. Truly a remarkable story. View all 6 comments. May 30, Jess Brown rated it it was amazing. I adore this book, it's beautifully written. There will be tears, but all is right in the end. Dec 18, Pam Godwin rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a stirring story of heart crushing proportions.
Two families stricken by cancer. The impossible tragedy of mercy killing. An appreciation for life. Eighteen year old Cancer Boy, Jem, and his Social Studies partner, Willa, are so perfectly developed and well-imagined, their lives just take over and happen to you. It's quite an experience, one that isn't ashamed to wring tears by obvious means. This would be a five star masterpiece if it weren't for the astoundingly tedious chronicle of sc This is a stirring story of heart crushing proportions. This would be a five star masterpiece if it weren't for the astoundingly tedious chronicle of school, homework, and dinner preparations.
At three times the length of an average novel, it needs some serious trimming. By the end, however, the accumulated weight and inertia of the story succeeds to invest Jem and Willa's coming-of-age destiny with significance. The image of the sickly and fragile Jem will linger long after the book is read. Combine that with Willa's courageous narrative and you have a wildly sentimental and beautiful account of surviving cancer. There's not much of the sexy stuff you'd expect for modern YA, but there are a number of explicit sexual situations.
Intercourse, as it occurs, is hidden behind the curtain. This is more an emotional drama with romance as the sub-plot. Dec 24, Jovani rated it it was amazing. Cancer to you and me is a disease of uncontrollable cell growth. It is the reason we wear pink in October. It's what motivates us to run a marathon in honor of someone who beat it. He dreams sleeps, walks, and breathes It. Cancer has stolen his hair, taken over his wardrobe and wasted his social life. With each look of disgust, he dies a little more inside.
He no longer recognizes his reflection in the mirror. His family and friends lack there of can't bare to look at Cancer to you and me is a disease of uncontrollable cell growth. His family and friends lack there of can't bare to look at him, so they stare past him. Willa is a gloved wearing, Emo-chick who doesn't take crap from anyone. Willa is also the only person who looks at Jem and actually sees him. Their relationship is based on hiding and running from the world that doesn't understand.
Cancer has left them both for dead, but somehow they find a way to live through each other. Willa however is hiding much more than just her hands, she has a much darker secret that will rock the only solid person in her life Jem would give anything to go back to the life he had before Cancer. View all 5 comments. Jan 01, Nicole rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is such a heart wrenchingly great book.
It hits close to home as I have lived through 3 people near and dear to me fight cancer and finding out someone close to my best friend was diagnosed right after I started reading this. I was sucked into this book from the get go. And honestly it made me severely melancholy - just a forewarning to other readers. You really get hit in the gut with the depth of charact This is such a heart wrenchingly great book. You really get hit in the gut with the depth of characters and world that the author has created. Great writing minor editing issues that I can look over but I know some people are hard pressed on these types of things , amazingly unique plot and a wonderful depth of characters that make you fall in love with them and really feel the bond to them.
A must re-read for me. Jul 06, Anne rated it really liked it.
I really enjoyed this book - it felt very honest and authentic without sugarcoating the more harrowing details of Jem's and Willa's lives. When I try to describe this book to people, they usually say 'so, it's like "The Fault in Our Stars then"', but I don't actually rate that book very highly. For a page book, the summary is mighty small!! Aug 23, Blue added it. Honestly, this is a good book, the writing is actually quite good. But at this point of the book, the 2 main characters are still dancing around each other and we still don't know that much about either of them really.
I'm nervous about going further in case something bad happens to one of them. I may come back to this, I may not. I'm not bored really, just frustrated at the lack of progress after that long reading. Jun 01, Liz at Fictional Candy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was fantastic!!!! Seriously, it was so good, if I could give it more than 5 stars, I definitely would.
I kept delaying reading this book. Funny how something like that can scare you. BUT I made a huge mistake in waiting. No, I have no clue how I would change either one lol. I literally had double vision from eye strain while grocery shopping! And it was totally worth it! It is about Jem short for Jeremiah and Willa, two high school students with more pain in their history than any person should have to deal with.
The story alternates between both of their point of views, sometimes both going over the same scene from their own point of view. This worked SO well for this story. It kept it fresh and moving. Right from the beginning of this story I was captured by the whole tone and easy flow. First we have Jem. Jem is in remission from cancer. He does, however, have incredibly strong and powerful relationships with the people within his family. I firmly believe without their love and support Jem would not have survived the diseased that ravaged his young body.
Aside from that, Jem is a bit of a snarky pessimist — a new thing for him. But even further, he is a deep and caring person. He has a wicked sense of humor and I would totally want to be his friend. Willa has just moved back to Smiths Falls. She is a bit quirky, and cancer has also touched her family. She is no stranger to the pain and fear that the disease brings to not only the patient, but everyone around them. So many times I just wanted her to see what a terrific person she is, but when you have secrets like hers it can be hard to see what is right in front of you.
Willa and Jem become lab partners in Social Studies. It begins as a horrible and annoying friendship of circumstance. Both are annoyed by the other, but you can tell there is something else there just swimming beneath the surface. And then a friendship begins; a complex, beautiful, enchanting, scary and frightening friendship. Their road is not easy by any stretch of the imagination.
But through the entire book I was constantly pulling for them. I wanted them to work through his attitude, her ability to shut down, all of the mountains before them. I fell in love with these characters. It really gives you a chance to get to know them.
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Yes, it is in print on Lulu. Jul 17, Nina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I received an e-copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. Wake is painfully long. Not that it was dragging or boring. It was painful in a way because of the characters and the story itself. The more I read, the more my heart ached for them. The more the story went on, the more I realize that it was truly a magnificent work of literature.
The plot, the character development, and the writing style made me feel and realize that this is such a reality. That this really happens in I received an e-copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. That this really happens in real life. It is such a reflection of the people who lost someone from cancer, the people who fought with a loved one who had cancer and the person who had battled out cancer.
Cancer's such a bitch. I can totally end my review with that paragraph alone. But no, I won't.
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I loved this too much that I'm gonna gush about it. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for a book you really love is to gush about it so others will know how it made your mind go crazy. Or that's just me. I love everything about Wake. The fact that it's long. I actually believed that it is far by the longest book I've ever read to date.
Even if it was long, I was never bored. I wonder how Abria did that. I mean, she never once drag me along the story. I was always in the story, together with the characters. It was told from multi-POVs. But I wasn't bothered. I was able to know them. It was written in a way that made me feel I'm with them all along. I got to know them deeply. Oh man, I think I'm getting delusional right now.
But whatever, that was how it affected me. That's why my heart ached a lot because Jem, Willa, Elise, Frank and Eric have their own struggles and baggage. I won't end this without saying how much I love Jem and Willa's romance. Definitely not an insta-romance! The development of their love was really there. You will really feel it.
It was oh-so swoony. They had their ups and downs. Both of them were able to grow and accept each other despite their struggles. I just, I don't know.
It was really the love that you know you'll have forever you know? It was totally worth fighting for. What am I saying exactly? I love that thing. And I don't know if I'm just getting crazy but there are a lot of it in here. It's really catching for me. Oh, there was a part in here where I thought I'll die because I don't know if that character will actually last through. You know that moment when you know how cancer can kill you any minute? And you don't really have that strength to actually be positive because you don't really know what'll happen?
The dread of that tempted me to peek at the ending. Because in real life, I cannot do that. I have to be on that moment. I certainly hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. I know this was written already but I kept on thinking that it wasn't. That it was just actually happening. Time to end this gushing. There are a lot of things that were tackled in here.
Everything that surrounds cancer will be here. This is actually my first time to read about someone who has gotten through cancer already. This one is all about getting through the life after that cancer already. It really is hard, you know. Wake is an exceptionally beautiful novel that will catch your heart, mind and soul. It's long but not in the dragging way. You'll definitely fall in love with it. Especially with how Jem and Willa got through those storms. Life lessons are totally present here. But most especially, Wake is something that must be read by everyone because it'll totally open your eyes to a lot of things.
Can't wait to read Love Among Pigeons. Originally posted at The Bookish Confections Jan 07, Vishal Mudgal rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book got me thinking on so many levels. I don't know if it is a sheer luck or what but I'm on to b'ful books this week. It was a long read, hence it will be a long review. He deals with it by being a pessimistic. He is scared, anyone would, but he hides it under his nasty attitude. Then comes Wilhelmina Joanne Kirk I liked her full name , a girl with her own share of past, who was everything but loved.
I don't know why but everything boils down to love for me, can't help it, won't hide it. I loved Wilhelmina or Willa, she's a very brave kid. The best thing about this whole read was nobody assumed anything, if they did they said it out loud. Willa never tried to hide her secrets from Jem when she started falling for him or agreed to fall for him. Sounds easy but trust me it isn't. Just as when Hannah asks her how she can love Jem? The beauty which makes our heart beat sometimes we see it not in superficial sense.
It is just love like when you're with right person it is perfect may be not to an outsider. Sometimes two wrongs makes right, right? And to sum up it all I'd like to quote my favorite quote from Holy Bible as it has been long since I mentioned it Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away And now these three remain: But the greatest of these is love. Sep 11, Albert rated it really liked it. When I first started to check this book out the page number scared me. I mean over pages in one book, but I took the chance and you should too. I agree with other reviews of this particular novel that it could have been cut down a bit if some of the narrative were taken out or maybe the author could seperate it into two distinct novels but I have to say that the story overall keeps the readers attention enough to get through all pages of writing.
Also while looking into Overall Feedback: Also while looking into some of the background of this one I noticed that it started out as fan fiction and I saw that a review was given based on this fact. I myself do not like fan fiction but I also know that all stories start somewhere and that is where this one started.
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As far as this current version of this novel I would have to recommend that everyone grab a copy and give it a try. The struggle of the characters will pull you in and maybe just one more reader will change their own perception of what they can make it through. I will warn that this is YA but with strong sexual situations and language usage. The switching between points of view staggered me at first as there were many but the author is able to guide the reader through the switches and keep the story from becoming unfocused. For me the author was conveying a message of do not give up and that things can always get worse.
I may have missed the mark but that is my opinion. There are so many characters in this novel that it was hard to make sense of them all at first. Although I acknowledged all the characters I decided to pay attention to the main two only. This may have hurt the story a bit but it made for less character confusion. Everyone will be able to relate to the cancer and somewhat to the big reveal of Willa but I think some of the plot causes too much of a fight with what a reader will accept and what they are unwilling to allow. I do not think that there was enough to hurt the story but I think the author should pay a little more attention to this detail in the next one.
With the characters I paid attention to I thought they related well but I do however think there social interaction with each other was a bit obtuse. The author wrote such a large piece that she had to make sure the pace did not drag. There are a few places that will have you skipping ahead but the author does well to keep them at a minimul. In pages you as the reader will not have any issue with the setting. Very well written without leaving behind any detail that would have made a reader scratch their head and feel disappointed.
This was a highly emotional read that allows you to get inside the head of a cancer patient in remission and in the head of a young girl with demons from her past that she has to overcome. The course that their relationship takes is full of highs and lows At times you'll be laughing, enjoying the dry humor and banter of Jem and Willa, and other times your eyes will water because you can actually feel Jem's loneliness and desperation for a friend, or anyone who can understand him. This story, for me, was centered around Jem. Yes, a lot of this book deals with the mistakes of Willa's past, her learning to forgive herself, and Jem learning to love her despite of her past.
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I had a hard time liking Willa in the first half of the book. I thought she was a jerk to Jem when it wasn't necessary. When she hurt him, I would hate her. I still disliked her for part of the book though.
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This might be just because I connected so much with Jem's character. Whenever he was hurting, I felt it like it was happening to me. That's why I feel like this book achieved brilliance. Through Jem's character, you felt so many emotions. This books goes through great detail about his treatments, how he copes with pain daily, what goes through his head when people stare or whisper, what it felt like to finally have someone see him and not his illness. Their relationship started off loving to hate each other and it ending up being a deep love that could endure anything.
By the end, it's like you see them as one person because they understand each other so fully. Everyone should give this book a read. This is one of those books that after reading you know you'll always remember it. You'll fall in love with Willa and Jem. Full Moon Bites Blog Tours. Originally reviewed for the Wake Blog Tour on Sept. Mattina deftly and accurately demonstrates her knowledge of psychology, in a way that peels off the layers of masks which each of us hides behind, and exposes the true individual beneath, the self and spirit and guiding influences. There are two protagonists, in my view: Both are high school seniors: Aug 28, Tara rated it it was amazing.
I felt so many raw em 4. I felt so many raw emotions, fear, anger, sadness for both MC's. If you know of someone who has had or is going through chemo - this will rock your world. All the pain and emotions that each character went through was so accurately displayed Not often do you have an author who can pull off a male POV and have it come out accurately. His ordeal made you feel pain and understanding of what not only his physical ailments were but also his emotional.
I highly recommend this read. Be ready for an eye opener. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I am sure glad that I took the chance and once I began the book there was no stopping.
It had a firm grasp on me and obviously a month later I can still feel its hold. Nov 24, Emma rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm really disappointed to say the least. I wanted to love this book, I really did. I honestly had such high expectations for it but I simply could not finish it. To begin with, I was pretty enthusiastic about reading it and was interested to see what would happen, but eventually it was dragging on way too much for me. Willa really started to grate on my nerves and her relationship with Jem was so irritating and confusing.
I found myself totally uninterested in what was going on. The length of this book is just insane! Why the fuck is it so long? I didn't even last halfway through and I kept trying again and again to continue it but I just didn't have the will power. It got to the stage where I had lost all interest in what would even happen at the end; the thought of finding out what happened didn't help in convincing me to keep ploughing through. I also found out this used to be Twilight fan fiction?! Let's just say that definitely didn't encourage me to go any further. Well, the answer is quite simple. She wakes up and the first thing she reads in the morning is your text message with a sweet love paragraph in it.
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