Reviews for Wake

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

Gr 9 Up--In Lisa McMann's first title (Simon Pulse, 2008) in a projected series, we are introduced to 17-year-old Janie who has a rare ability to see other people's dreams whether she wants to or not. The episodes are growing more frequent, and the dreams she falls into vary from boring to sexy to disturbing. When she is drawn into a classmate's nightmare, Janie is forced to address her ability and how it may affect her future. Although this story makes for compelling reading, it falls flat as an audiobook. The text's short, choppy phrases make the narration sound stilted. There are a number if flashbacks to various time periods in Janie's life and each one is prefaced by a date. In print this device works just fine, but it is confusing to listen to and keep track of in the recording's linear format. The narrator's voice seems disconnected from the character and her reading of emotions sounds forced. Also, the sibilant quality of the narration is distracting. Stick with the print format on this one.--Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA

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