Title: Wild Awake
Author: Hilary T. Smith
Source: Borrowed from the library
1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Kiri's parents have left her alone while they go on a cruise, she is left with a list of rules to follow but when she receives a phone call from a complete stranger who says he has her sisters stuff who died five years ago she breaks all the rules and decides to find out what this stranger knows and what he has.
This book is not a coming of age falling in love story. This book is raw and looks at the world in a completely different way. Kiri is not this shy girl who puts herself down all the time and never makes her move on a guy she likes. She has the guts to go for what she wants and she finds herself falling in love with someone who is not Lukas. Kiri is a talent and complex character and she sees the world differently and she surrounds herself with music. She is a talented musician who is trying to make her mark on the world while also trying to deal with her own problems and family secrets.
This book tackles a lot of taboo topics and gives me hope. The characters are not perfect, they make mistakes and keep secrets but they learn from them. I felt like every character had a point in the story and the plot was unique and wonderful while also sad and beautiful. I really enjoyed this book and I am a little at a loss to explain how good it is because the author has created such a beautiful story that the best thing I can say about it is to read it and allow yourself to become absorbed into it.