Wild Awake Review

Wild Awake
By: Hilary T. Smith
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
WildAwake cover
Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away
Things that actually happen
1.       You will remember to water the azaleas.
1.       A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2.       You will take detailed accurate messages.
2.       He says he has her stuff.
3.       What Stuff? Her Stuff
3.       You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong
4.       You tell him your parents won’t be able to-
5.       Sukey died five years ago: can’t he
4.       You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands
6.       You pick up a pen.
7.       You scribble down the address.
5.       Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realise you are the girl of his dreams.
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.

My review
Wild Awake is about a seventeen year old girl called Kiri Byrd who has her whole life mapped out, win the battle of the bands with Lukas, kiss Lukas and become his girlfriend and play well at her piano concert, that is until she gets a phone call one night. From this one phone call Kiri is taken on a journey into the secret life that her sister was leading and it changes everything Kiri thought about everything. Suddenly everything isn’t as important as it seems.

Okay I am going to be honest here. I didn’t really like Wild Awake. For some reason I really struggled with it but am glad that I did finish it, even if I didn’t really like the ending. I don’t know whether I just for some reason wasn’t feeling like I could connect with the characters or I just didn’t understand what the storyline was but it didn’t appeal to me at all.

At the start of the book Kiri is this strong minded person who doesn’t set a foot wrong and basically always does what she it told. But when she gets the phone call from Doug explaining that he has some of her sister’s stuff and she finds out what really happened and what her sister was really like, she starts to unravel. She begins to ignore everything that was important to her before and starts doing things that she never would have done before, like hooking up with strangers, not practicing her piano and nearly forgetting about the battle of the bands. I think she basically has a mental breakdown and simply can’t cope with what is happening.