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Wake (Wake, Bk 1)
Wake - Wake, Bk 1
Author: Lisa McMann
Not all dreams are sweet. — 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 bel...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781416974475
ISBN-10: 1416974474
Publication Date: 1/27/2009
Pages: 224
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 200 ratings
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Book Type: Paperback
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skywriter319 avatar reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on + 784 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Every time someone near her falls asleep, Janie Hannagan gets sucked into their dreams. This is hardly fun at all, as most people's dreams consist of falling, nudity, or sex, and, while Janie is technically awake through these experiences, she's blind to the real world. Talk about an uncomfortable lifestyle.

Janie's troubles only continue to escalate when she starts to fall into the once troubled, now sexy Cabel Strumheller's dreams...and finds that she appears in them as well, and that he, too, is aware of her presence in his dreams. There may be more to her ability to fall into people's dreams than Janie realizes, more power than she realizes she has. So begins a new chapter of Janie's life, one where she learns to control her abilities and use them for good.

What WAKE lacks in good writing and interesting characters, it makes up in a stunning story idea. McMann's writing style is straightforward and succinct in an almost ethereal manner. This, while effective in exposition, does not work as well when the plot really needs to get going, and I felt like I was missing what was going on between Janie and Cabel as their relationship developed.

WAKE works fairly well as a stand-alone novel, but thanks to its fascinating premise, I think I am going to pick up the next book in the series, FADE, and see if Janie, Cabel, and the situation they're in become clearer to me over time.
daedelys avatar reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on + 1218 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book was a so-so read that was fortunately short. It had potential, with a very interesting plot, but since the author was more worried about playing with fonts and the use of several writing styles that the thing as a whole was lacking. The short, clipped sentences did nothing to help as well since they only made it annoying to read. Once I did get used to my complaints, the story did improve, but wasn't one of those "great" starts to a series. I'll give it one more chance by putting the next book on my wishlist for PBS, but if that one disappoints, I'll give up on this series.
herbalhousewife avatar reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
I'd like to start this review by saying I'm usually a slow reader and I read this book from start to finish in a few hours. That being said, it had my attention, but the characters aren't really described really well and the relationship between Janie and Cabel is awkward and a hot mess at best.

The way the author writes can be really obnoxious.
Like the.
Of two or.
Three word sentences.

It's really not a terrible book, it's just over too quickly and there isn't very much depth to the characters.

I've already requested the next book in the series because the first book left me unsatisfied. If you read this book, I suggest you have the whole trilogy on hand. I also highly recommend this book for young teens, maybe about 14 or 15.
Historical-Book-Lovr avatar reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on + 50 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Choppy at best. I do not care for this style of writing. I didn't really become attached to the characters at all :o( There just didn't seem to be any feeling in it. Honestly not what I expected for a teen book or one I would give to my teen.
cathyskye avatar reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on + 2260 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
First Line: Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers.

Seventeen-year-old Janie Hannagan lives on the fringe in more ways than one. Janie lives with her mom, an alcoholic, and at an early age, Janie learned that she was responsible for her own welfare. And if she's near anyone when she falls asleep, she gets sucked into their dreams. It's all to invasive-- and all too same old, same old. She's trying to save money for college and works at a nursing home. She likes working there; old people usually don't sleep soundly enough to dream.

She can't tell anyone about this ability that she can't control. They'd think she was a freak. So when she falls into a particularly gruesome nightmare in which she's a participant as well as a witness, she has no idea what she's going to do.

This book is fast-paced and almost immediately hooked me. Janie is a very sympathetic character, and it was easy to get emotionally involved as she tries so desperately to stay out of other peoples' dreams. I'm looking forward to following this series to see what happens to her next.
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reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on + 19 more book reviews
Great teen book!
solticeart avatar reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
I read this book the night i got it.. all the way to the end in one sitting. It was well written, and I liked how she wrote it by the time and date. when things happened. I really felt like i was there in this book watching it all and feeling some of what she felt...and really wished it was longer! you can bet I'll be getting the next one and in fact get both when you buy them.. I really think they should have put both in one book anyways.. I like a thicker book and this one was just too short..buts thats the only bad thing I can say about it.. it held my attention for the whole book and i couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen.. this is a really cool idea I haven't seen in a book before.. I have seen books where people can go into dreams but not like this girl does and not being able to control it or understand it. I like how she showed how and when the dreams started, alot of books don't go into the past of the person or how a paticular gift or curse starts always ad Im always left to wonder.... so for her first book she did a great job writing this one! I can see how it would keep a teen interested and an adult also.. I haven't forgotten what it was like to be a teen so alot of the teen books i can still relate to as I think thats why alot of adults like them also... this one is no exception there... Id think good for any age even though its targeted at teens... and you can bet ill be buying more of her work.. the next book is fade... Id get it at the same time so your not disappointed when this one ends so soon...
reviewed Wake (Wake, Bk 1) on
I was slightly dissapointed at first because, at my own fault, I wasn't aware this was a book geared towards teenagers.

After getting through the first two chapters the book really started to pick up and create a very interesting story line. I really enjoyed reading it.

McMann almost writes as if you were reading a script. Very straight forward. I will definitely be reading book 2 "Fade" in this series.

Great summer read. I read it in a couple hours. I recommend it to anyone looking for an easy read with an interesting story.