Wake (Wake Series, Book 1)

Lisa McMann
Not all dreams are sweet. For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-05-27
Did I just read a fanfiction? This book is nothing like the synopsis makes it out to be. You go in thinking it's going to be about a girl navigating threw people's dreams, coming to terms with it, and figuring out her 'power'. In reality, this is simply a side plot to a love story between two teens who have no concept of how a conversation works with some random stereotypical cop action thrown in there for fun. Complete let down. You could have just as easily read a book about a girl with narcolepsy. The characters were completely unlikable and fleachat. All they do is cry the entire book and misunderstand other for the purpose of causing tension between the two mains. The mean girl is your stereotypical rich girl who is secretly a lesbian. Yet this is basically never talked about and is a just poor attempt at creating character depth. The best friend is implied to be shallow and care about other people's opinions on her and yet this is hardly touched on at all in the entire book. Not only this but!! For some reason!! The BFF is 16 dating a 22 year old and this isn't seen as a problem at all!! What is the point of that!!!! None of the relationships seem to make any sense or isn't touched on-The BFF as mentioned before, the mom who cares about her daughter but then doesn't know her the next, ect. Janie and Cabel confused me the most. The consistently do not listen to and become angry at each other and yet they act like nothing happened two seconds later. Janie thought that he was basically cheating on her and yet she would be all happy with him anyway. The know next to nothing about each other but somehow believe they are in love because what?? They both grew up in a broken home and can relate?? He had a crush on her forever so he must fall in love with her after she says two words to him?? That's all I can imagine it is because other than that they don't interact at all in any way that could lead to love-maybe puppy love. Little things that bothered me in this book: She shared her darkest secret to a random person because they had some relation to her BF who's been lying to her for months. This character Miss Stubbin? Sterbit? Whatever her names is! She has the same abilities as Janie and yet she never tells her. Why. This is some Dumbledore shit right here. then after finding out she has the same powers- Janie doesn't seem to give two fucks that this dead lady is in her dream state and communicating with her. This girl had fr never done any extensive research on her abilities? Really? There is no way in hell that boy got a full ride to any University. Cabel said that he was a slacker freshman year, sophomore year and that he flunked a grade. Even with all this, it is implied that he has a great GPA. How. Maybe the police gave him a good image but even that doesn't make sense because if the boy is an undercover cop he can't tell anyone!! On that note: Are you really going to sit there and try to tell me that this 19 year old boy is an undercover cop who busted a drug ring...really? Are you serious? Get real. That was the most unnecessary, unlikely, disappointing plot twist I have ever read. I wouldn't be surprised is it turns out he was cheating on her and created this whole ruse to convince Janie other wise. That would be a plot twist. Overall disappointing, sloppy and not what it is made out to be. Would have rather read about Melinda coming out or Carrie dealing with her dead brother and grief.
Reviewed: 2018-04-21
A fast, fun read about a girl learning to control her powers of entering dreams. It looks at how difficult her life is with the power but also how it skills helps her.
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