Title: Notes to Self
Author: Avery Sawyer
Release Date: November 20, 2011
Ebook review copy
Two climbed up. Two fell down.
One woke up.
Robin Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy named Reno. She’s coasting along, trying to get through yet another tedious year of high school, when Em suggests something daring. They live in Florida– tourist central–and Emily wants to sneak into a theme park after midnight and see what they’re made of.
When things get out of control, Robin wakes up in a hospital bed and Emily doesn’t wake up at all. Just getting dressed becomes an ordeal as Robin tries to heal and piece together the details of that terrible night. Racing to remember everything in the hopes of saving Emily, Robin writes a series of notes to herself to discover the truth.
I enjoyed this book. By no means is it my favorite, because it’s not really my favorite genre, but it was extraordinary in its own way. The main character was very relatable, and the reader can’t help but sympathize with her. Through her notes, the reader really got to know Robin. I loved the anecdotes thrown in with her present life as she regained memory and attempted to not only figure out what happened to her, but also who she really was. The accident gave her a reality check as well as a chance to actually understand herself.
I liked how even though Emily was in a coma, I got to know her just as much as Robin, and understood how and why they were friends. I liked how the description of Emily came out pretty unbiased since several characters described her. And, just an FYI, I loved Reno. He was the perfect boy-next-door-even-though-he’s-rich. The friendship/maybe more than that was really interesting to read, and highly entertaining when Robin was mad. I liked how she had a personality and made mistakes, particularly in the relationships that she values. She was real – as in, not superhuman/demigod/etc – and that made the story stand out to me.
The ending, although it wasn’t the best ending ever (not really a cliff-hanger, not all loose ends completely wrapped up), it did give a hopeful outlook to the reader (unless you’re a complete pessimist and think that the ending signified a death). I enjoyed the personal growth of the character throughout the story; there wasn’t one particular moment where Robin seemed different immediately, but all her experiences and memories gradually changed her, and she became a better person in general. Oh, and by the way, I LOVE the cover!
All in all, this book was really good, and I’m going to have to look up more books by Laura Schaefer!
**Warning: there was some language in this book.