Book Review: 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.

Release Date: November 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from author

This was such a good book!  It reminded me of Gayle Forman's If I Stay (read my review of that tear-jerker here), in the very best of ways.  

Robin and her best friend Emily climb up an amusement park ride and end up falling.  Robin wakes up in the hospital, but Emily remains in a coma.  Robin can't remember anything about the accident, or why they were even up there, and keeps thinking that if she can just remember what happened she can help Emily.

Robin has to totally relearn how to do everything for herself, from mundane things like dressing and showering to how to interact with people at school.

I loved the story, especially the interwoven stories of Robin, Emily, their childhood friend Reno, and Josie.  I loved the character growth throughout, especially Robin's growth.  The addition of the family drama between Susan and Grace really added a lot of depth and interest to the story.

Notes to Self was sad for much of the book but it really made me think.  I would recommend this contemporary YA to just about anyone, and would definitely read more from Avery Sawyer in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Mostly I love to read the stuff from Avery Sawyer and after reading your review to this book, I just can't resist now to grab the my copy of 'Notes to Self'...Great insight review!!


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