Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wake by Lisa McMann

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....

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Character Developement: 9/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 2/10
Ending: 3/10
Voice: 9/10
Setting: 4/10
Recommendation: 0/10
Total Score: 36/ 70
Grade: C

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Way too much.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Way too much.
Sexual Content: Happens in other people's dreams.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Child abuse, and nightmares that are quite frightening, really.

I thought this book would be great. It's a very interesting and intriguing idea, being pulled into dreams that are not your own, but the book was just bad— in my opinion at least.

The atmosphere that the drugs, foul language, and dark setting created is somewhat unsettling and not enjoyable to read. The over excessive amount of cussing degraded the characters. The characters were well developed, yeah, I'll give it that, but I didn't like any of them. Not even Janie, the protagonist of the story. She kept running off. She hardly ever just stayed, explained, or let things be explained to her. Janie’s relationship with Caleb was sometimes sweet, but other times just weird or utterly annoying.

The only enjoyable thing about this was the writing. Lisa McMann has a unique writing style that is a bit addicting (despite how much the story disgusts me). It is a fast paced book and the short-choppy sentences flow easily and almost rhythmically together. The writing style would be beautiful minus the constant flow of foul language. In all, I know that lots of people like this book. Truthfully: I don’t.


  1. Hmm, from my opinion you probably shouldn't read YA books if you don't like reading books drugs, language or sexual content in books. Most YA books have that in them, so maybe you should stick to MG books for now?

  2. Sexual content and drugs don't bother us when used in books in general--in fact, a lot of the times I think drama like that adds to the book's overall quality. However, when used in profusion and wholly unnecessary, as we felt it was in Wake, it detracts from the atmosphere of the novel. Foul language can be a useful tool, but it doesn't often sound pretty. It can give us an opinion or a view of a character that clashes with other things within the story.

    For example, some of my favorite books are Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Paper Towns by John Green. Graceling has an abundance of sexual content, and Paper Towns has a huge amount of foul language. I thought both of these books were wonderfully written, because the sex and the cussing was written with elegance or humor, and the writing added to that.

    It truly has nothing to do with our maturity when reading a book, but our analysis of that book and its various aspects. We read not because we want to corrupt our own language or be thrilled by sex scenes--we read to appreciate literature and all the amazing writers out there, who have a gift for including all kinds of things in their writing. Not just focusing on the erotic or the crude.

    Thank you for your comment, and I hope you understand our point of view.


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