Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Notes to Self by Avery Sawyer


Two climbed up. Two fell down.

One woke up.

In the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, Robin Saunders has to relearn who she is and find out what happened the night everything changed.



As Robin wakes up in the hospital with a brain injury the only thing she repeats over and over is "we fell" we spend the rest of the story piecing together what happened and wondering if Emily will ever come out of her coma. Robin decides to go back to school, maybe sooner than she should have. By writing little notes to herself to help her remember how to do things, because her brain is having a hard time making connections as easily as the process of showering and remembering her locker number.
You could feel her confusion and frustration as you read. The loss of her best friend and how hopeless she feels knowing there is nothing she can do for her and having to live each day knowing that her friend is stuck in the hospital. As well as the guilt that she feels every time she goes to class and the other students treating her differently , as to make her feel even worse that she made it and Emily is still in limbo.
I enjoyed Robin's mother in this one, you could really tell that she was trying her best to help Robin work through her healing process. I also liked Reno and his down to Earth approach on the situation and starting up a romance in the middle of what is happening.
I was completely drawn into this story, I think it portrays a lot of emotions that we all feel in our own life. There are some thought provoking realizations that Robin comes to that got me wondering about how I would feel in her shoes.

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