Wake by Lisa McMann
Janie gets sucked into dreams. If someone is near her, and they fall asleep, she is pulled in and observes the dream. She feels it, whether she wants to or not-- scary, sad, or funny. She dreams with you.
As super powers go, this probably wouldn't make my list. After reading this book...definitely not.
Give me the ability to fly any day. I don't want to be in people's dreams.
Janie has a hard life. Her mom is an alcoholic with very few moments of warmth toward her. Her father is absent. She is dirt-poor. Money doesn't solve problems, but not having adequate clothes and things can make life harder for a teenager. Despite everything stacked against her, Janie keeps trudging through life.
The book is not sunny. It's gritty. Janie is really trapped by her "power" if you will. It takes her a long time to work to control it in various ways. Even when she works hard and has good things happen to her in life, I found myself worrying about her.
I thought the love story was real and sweet in its own way. I felt myself taking on the persona of Janie, though, I worried about her trusting anyone. She'd gotten a raw deal so often, I was petrified every time she opened herself up.
There were some funny moments as Janie experiences the dreams of her teenage colleagues-- the falling dreams, the naked in front of the class dreams. There are also some poignant dreams at the nursing home where she works. Janie did not get sucked into my personal recurring dream: where all my teeth fall out. Ugh. I hate that one.
But what a fascinating premise. It has a GREAT potential for mysteries and intrigue. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the books are all about.
I recommend this book.
Interesting trivia-- I check book lengths sometimes, and this one was 36,700 words. What do you think of that?
Do you have a recurring dream?
Did you read Wake? What did you think of it?