Scott, Elizabeth As I Wake, pgs. 269. Dutton Books Penguin Group, 2011. $16.99. Language: R (5-6 swears including “F” word once); violence: PG-13 (a bludgeoned death and a beating); mature content: R (lesbian feelings that are spoken of but not acted upon and not-described masturbation). This dark mystery/romance is the story of Ava, a seventeen year old that awakens in the night, in a strange room, in a strange house, remembering nothing. Memories come sporadically accompanied by excruciating headaches. Ava tries to puzzle together who she is and was, from her painful flashbacks and her present-day feelings.
This book is intriguing and well written. You feel how frightened and dark Ava feels without her memory, without knowing who she is. One wants to keep reading to find out where the next bit of information will fit. But it comes to a very unsatisfying conclusion with many questions unanswered. If you don’t mind a story that is intriguing but leaves holes in the storyline, this book is for you. If you like a story that doesn’t leave you hanging, you might want to pass this one up. HS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Mary Jane Burton