Book Review: Loud Awake and Lost

Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin: LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That's the only thing left she can cling to.

AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about?

LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away.

In the wake of her critically praised young adult psychological thrillers, Tighter and All You Never Wanted, National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin has created another triumph. Loud Awake & Lost is an unflinching story of loss and recovery.

Lori's thoughts: Another winning, 5-Heart read! I've been very fortunate as of late to have been able to read so many great books. I had been in a bit of a reading slump, but managed to pull out of it. I read the reviews on this book and so many people thought it read slow. I didn't see that at all. I loved the pacing. I adored the characters. It kept me turning the pages to see what really happened to Ember. One by one, piece by piece, we begin to uncover the clues. Some people didn't like Ember. I did. I thought she was surprisingly strong. Her parents worried about her, understandably. The only thing I didn't like was: I would have liked for her to have ended up getting back together with Holden. I liked that boy. What a sweetheart! But, I also understand the reasons why it didn't happen. This is my first read by Adele Griffin, but it won't be my last. I wouldn't exactly call this a psychological thriller. But it was a mystery and it was good.

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