Reasons to Read

3 Reasons to Read Wake

December 20, 2016
Janine Perez
Riveted Editorial Board

Wake by Lisa McMann is one of my favorite books of all time! I love everything about it and I’m so glad to finally have a platform through which I can properly fangirl about ti! Here’s a little about the book: Wake centers around seventeen-year-old Janie, who is tired of getting sucked into other people’s dreams. She can’t tell anyone what she does because they’d never believe her. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone and changes everything.

Wake is currently part of our 12 Days of Reading and will be available to read for free throughout the month of December! If the description and the fact that it’s free aren’t enough to convince you to give Wake a try, I’ve selected 3 main reasons to read Wake (though if you’d like more I could happily give you 100 reasons)!

1. The Dreams

Janie has the unusual superpower of being able to slip into other people’s dreams if she’s in the same room as them when they’re dreaming. The dreams range from happy fantasy dreams to scary nightmare dreams and everything in-between, but they’re all entertaining. Just like in real life, some dreams in the book don’t always make sense, but Lisa McMann does a brilliant job of walking the reader through both confusing and amusing dreams.


2. The Swoon

Cabel is Janie’s love interest and man is he swoonworthy! Cabel is one of the most painfully realistic romantic characters I’ve ever come across. Cabel doesn’t come from a lot of money. He can’t buy Janie out of any of her problems, but he cares. Cabel believes her and still cares about her when he learns about her unusual superpower. He also notices how sick and weak Janie gets after walking in someone else’s dream (something that she doesn’t even really notice), and goes so far as to make sure he always has a snickers bar or something with sugar on him at all times to give to her. Neither of them have perfect lives, but they care about each other so much. It’s obvious in the little moments, and if that (and his good looks) aren’t enough to make you swoon, I don’ know what is!


3. The Writing
Lisa McMann wrote Wake in a lovely and unique way. It’s an extremely fast-paced and easy read because it’s told in the first person, in short, to-the-point sentences. There isn’t a ton of description—mostly just dialogue and short observations. This style really makes you feel like you’re a part of the story, watching as everything unfolds. It also really keeps you on the edge of your seat because there’s no long-drawn out lead up to what’s going to happen next. You just have to wait for it to actually happen.


Did I miss your favorite thing about Wake? Let me know in the comments!


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