Thursday, June 4, 2020

Notes to Self by Avery Sawyer

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This was such an emotional read. Robin and Emily have been best friends. One day Robin’s adventurous friend Emily decide to climb to the top of a theme park ride. Robin doesn’t really like heights.  The next thing Robin remembers is waking up in a hospital. She is told that she and Emily were found beside a Waffle House. Unfortunately her best friend has not awakened.  Imagine not knowing exactly what happened. Then you go back to school where you are tormented and teased and blamed for your friend’s condition. You can’t do anything about it because you don’t really remember what happened. Robin starts writing notes to herself as she remembers things.   Through this story line we see the same teen angst we would see in teens today.  That is what makes this story so believable and makes those connections to the reader.  This is so much more than a book about an accident. It is a book about finding answers. Yes we know Robin needs to know  what happened that night and why it happened.  One of the messages that came across reminded me of a time in my senior year in high school. I was admiring a student’s car. He had three vehicles. I told him I would love to have just one. His response was that he would love to have parents that he knew loved him.  Robin realizes that even though she has always seen Emily as so lucky and outgoing, she learns through her flashbacks that she and Emily really aren’t so different.   This is definitely a book I recommend. Once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down.

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