Monday, September 21, 2015

Book Buzz: Wake-Up Call

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Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover…and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins.

As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here…and how she can stay?

Review


A freak accident causes Sarah to wake up one morning with five years’ worth of memories missing.  As far as she’s concerned, she’s single with a fast-paced marketing career, busy social life, and hot new boyfriend.  A frumpy mom and wife with three little ones to care for isn’t exactly what she signed up for.  As Sarah tries to get her memory back, she must learn to navigate her new life and relationships and discover how to juggle being a parent.  Any mom can relate to her struggle as she gets a crash-course in child-rearing.

There were some definite funny moments, and I loved watching her new life unfold through her eyes at the beginning.  Sarah did frustrate me in the middle of the book with her immaturity and refusal to accept where in life she was now.  She acted more like an eighteen-year-old, not a supposed twenty-eight-year-old woman with a successful career.  With all the drastic changes that occurred between Sarah’s memory and the present, it felt more like she’d lost at least a decade of memories rather than only five years.

The book redeemed itself in the end, and I enjoyed watching Sarah finally come into her own and find her new, grown-up version of happily ever after.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
 


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Author Bio: Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a Master's from the University of Washington. She is a former advertising executive, who has spent the last several years writing, while doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Call series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in Folsom, California, with her husband and four children. Connect with her at www.amyavanzino.com.

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