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Notes to Self

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,201 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Two climbed up. Two fell down.

One woke up.

Robin Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy named Reno. She's coasting along, trying to get through yet another tedious year of high school, when Em suggests something daring. They live in Florida-- tourist central--and Emily wants
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Published November 20th 2011
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After a brain injury, Robin is dealing with amnesia, having to learn her likes, dislikes, but most importantly: what really happened that night, the night she and her friend fell. A short book, but one dripping with emotions and filled with mystery.

From the very start, Robin is someone I understood. She took me in her head and made herself open so I could see her vulnerability, her worries and fears. She also has a great sense of humor that I adored. It's incredibly easy to get caught up in her
A fabulous read! Robin wants so badly to remember what happened to her and Emily the night they fell from the amusement park ride that they so stupidly climbed. Sadly the fall has affected her memory and there is a lot more than what happened that night that she can't remember. Robin has to face all of the students back at school without Emily, and finds that many of her classmates blame her for Emily's accident. Between the traumatic head injury and what boarders on bullying at school Robin is ...more
Laura Schaefer
Notes to Self is about a high school sophomore named Robin Saunders. She makes a bad decision and ends up with a traumatic brain injury. Her best friend Emily was there that night, too, and Emily is in a coma. As Robin recovers, Emily does not--and Robin has to learn to cope in the wake of the tragedy. As she tries to remember what happened, her reality and her past shift and settle as she writes a series of Notes to Self.

Notes to Self is a story about identity, family, memory, growing up in a w
This book took me by complete surprise.

I started this book a little while ago and got to about 46% before I stopped reading it. i don't have an ereaders so I had to read it on my computer. I was beginning to worry that I would never read all of the fabulous sounding books I'd downloaded.

Filled with more gumption I started reading it again where I'd left off and kept reading until today, when I finally finished it. In the beginning I was a bit confused about where the line between present and pa
If you're a long time reader of my blog/reviews, you'll probably know that I'm always up for a contemporary read. Therefore, when I first heard about Notes to Self by Avery Sawyer, I was beyond excited. It sounded like such an interesting read and with even a little mystery thrown in as well. Plus it sounded a similar to another all time favorite book of mine- Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott. Anyhow, I recently dove right into, and I ended up loving it! Suspenseful as well as insig ...more
Autumn Review
Well, this certainly was an emotional story. I was drawn in on the first page. It begins with a brief glimpse of what happened the night of the accident. Once Robin wakes up, she doesn't remember anything, accept that she and her friend Emily fell. This story is about how Robin puts the pieces of her life back together.

Despite the fact that Robin has a brain injury, she does heal relatively quickly. The problem is that she doesn't remember the details of the accident. Her best friend is in a co
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
Robin and her best friend Emily have fallen from a ride at the Fun Towne Amusement Park after climbing up the maintenance ladder to look at the view of the town. Both girls ended up falling from the ride, but only Robin woke up. With Emily in a coma, life has to go on for Robin; school, family, and learning to remember things all over again thanks to her Traumatic Brain Injury. But one thing keeps bugging Robin, she was supposed to remember something from the night of the fall, but her brain jus ...more
I saw a couple of people receiving this book for review in their mailboxes, so I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I was a little reluctant at first, since I thought it was one of those in-a-coma, out-of-body-experience types of books, but it turned out to be much better than what I expected: a beautiful story about friendship, growth, and love.

The setup for this book was unique: it was in present tense, and then it often took the reader back to Robin's old memories with her friend, Emily
"Why don’t they let you sleep if you’re supposed to sleep? Nurses kept coming in to check on me. All I wanted to do was pass out, because every time I opened my eyes, everything was too bright, too loud, too painful. I didn’t want food. No, I don’t want a drink of water. Yes, my head still hurts. Yes, I still feel like puking my brains out. When will this all stop?

Please, just leave me alone.

I fell.

I fell."


Beautiful cover, no?

I have to admit I refuse most self-published requests that come m
Anne Pfeffer
I came across this book by accident. A random tweet announced that it was being offered free for one day, so I snapped it up, knowing nothing about it. Then I started reading it and couldn't put it down.

One reason this book pulls you in is that it's a mystery. From the first page, no one knows what those two girls were doing up on that FunTown ride late at night or why they fell. Emily's in a coma, and Robin's trying to remember what happened.

You also read it because Robin's an interesting, lika
When I agreed to review Notes to Self, I had no idea how much I was going to love this book. Everything about it was amazing. The characters, the writing, the story, everything was beautiful. I have absolutely no complaints!

The book starts off with Robin and her best friend Emily climbing up one of the rides in an amusement park. What started off as something fun to do, turned into a terrible accident, which left Robin with some brain damage and Emily in a coma. Robin is forced to deal with ever
Lulu (The Bookworm is Here!)
I first want to thank Ms. Sawyer (or should I say Ms. Schaefer) for giving me an ebook version! Notes to Self was a very captivating read that had me absorbed in Robin's story. I'm usually not too big on the whole 'sad' experience/re-growth/traumatic idea but I felt differently about this one compared to others I have read!
Robin to me was the perfect narrator for this story. She had such a distinctive voice - a fifteen year olds to be exact - that I felt myself nodding at her feelings and explan
All Robin remembers is that she and Emily both climbed up the Sling Shot at Fun Towne, and then they fell. When Robin wakes up she can’t remember the details of that evening, but knows there is something important there. Worse, Emily hasn’t woken up yet and Robin must learn to live her life anew with the results of a traumatic brain injury.

I can’t tell you how much this novel amazed me. The premise intrigued me from the beginning, but the writing and the story are so engrossing I couldn’t put
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for reading and reviewing it.

Avery Sawyer’s Notes to Self is a short, mostly introspective book, her first for young adults. The premise is straightforward – two friends, Robin and Emily climb the “Sling Shot” ride at a theme park one night. Both of them fall, but only Robin wakes up in the hospital while Emily remains in a coma. The story is told from Robin’s point of view as she tries to come to terms with her injury, its traumatic effects and
Jessi (Reading in the Corner)
I have a tendency so say things like "I don't really enjoy contemporary YA" and then realize later that I clearly don't know what I'm talking about. I love a good emotional roller coaster of a book--the kind of books that tugs on your heart-strings and makes you so engrossed in the characters' well-being that you can't stop turning the pages. This week, Notes to Self became one of those books.

I don't believe everything happens for a reason. But I still search for reasons anyway. It's like I don'
"...Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after." - Traditional English Nursery Rhyme

Robin Saunders and her best friend Emily Sampson sneak inside the Fun Towne midway after midnight. they climb the maintenance ladder of the Sling Shot ride and are about five stories up when an accident occurs. they fall down and are rushed to the hospital. only one wakes up...
writing as Avery Sawyer, author Laura Schaefer's novel invites the reader to experience vicariously the slow and pain
Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah
As i read the synopsis of the book, i knew it was going to be a very touching story that i'll remember. I enjoy reading real-life stories tremendously. To know that this story can actually happen in real life, or has happened to someone in this world, breaks my heart.
Robin and her best friend Emily fall, and only one of them wakes up, which is Robin. Robin struggles between praying that her best friend Emily wakes up from a coma, and remembering how to do simple automated activities, such as how
"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."

Robin and Emily are best friends who are very different yet not so. Emily is the daring one while Robin is the carefully crafted teenager who typically sticks to rules. Since Robin has done come up with random things, it's no surprise they end up on top of a amusement park ride. When they both fall, Emily lands
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
As Robin wakes up in the hospital with a brain injury the only thing she repeats over and over is "we fell" we spend the rest of the story piecing together what happened and wondering if Emily will ever come out of her coma. Robin decides to go back to school, maybe sooner than she should have. By writing little notes to herself to help her remember how to do things, because her brain is having a hard time making connections as easily as the process of showering and remembering her locker number ...more
Rebecca Becker
I finished it in two days it seemed short or maybe I am just a fast reader but I loved it. It had a great story line and it was interesting couldn't put it down. only thing I didn't like was the cussing but other than that I loved it!!
Loved the idea of this book and was ready to give it four stars until the last page. Just didn't care for the ending at all.
Catch These Words
This was a short, but really enjoyable read.

I loved how neither Robin or Emily were perfect, neither were generically popular, even though Emily was more outgoing. The characterisation felt very realistic, right down to how terribly everyone treated Robin when she returned to school.

I also felt like the issue of her brain injury was dealt with effectively. I know very little about this, but it felt realistic. I could genuinly feel her struggle to remember basic details of her life and forget how
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
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 fo
Review e-copy provided by author.

Robin's memory of the accident that caused her traumatic brain injury (TBI) is hazy, which is normal. She climbed to the top of the sling shot ride with her best friend Emma. It was windy. Emma seemed a bit crazed and reckless. She asks Robin a question: What do you think will happen to us? Then Robin's in the neurotrauma center of the hospital waking up and in horrible pain, but Em is still asleep.

Granted, the brain injury of self-(re)discovery is quickly becomi
Amanda Marasco
Unsurprisingly, I accepted the request to read and review this book. The concept seemed pretty simple, but the main character looked like I'd want to get to know her, and I wanted to see how her journey would end up.

I thought the notes that Robin was supposed to be leaving to herself would play a much larger part to the story, but it actually was just like the end of a flashback. The flashbacks were probably my favorite parts of the book. Since Robin doesn't really know herself anymore, this is
Amy Fournier
Right from the start this book had me pulled in. It starts with Robin and her friend Emily climbing up a ride at the amusement park at night. They fall and when Robin wakes up in the hospital, all she can think is, that there is something important she needs to remember. She has trouble remembering how to do even basic things, like showering. She starts writing notes to herself to try to find herself again.

She has a lot of trouble once she goes back to school, but she feels like she needs to be
Traci (The Reading Geek)
Notes to Self instantly captivated me and I finished the entire book in one sitting. My heart completely broke for Robin when she wakes up and tries so hard to remember what happened. She feels guilty for waking up when her best friend Emily still hasn't. Robin's brain injury is causing her to struggle to remember past events and she is also mixing up some of her words. She writes little notes to herself to remember how to perform certain tasks or what she likes and dislikes. Robin is strong tho ...more
Courtney Wyant
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.

Well written,Laura-Avery-or whatever she would like me to refer to her as, has created a novel worth reading at least once and I will most definatly re-read this one when I am not on such a tight schedule and am trying to review all of the books authors are sending me in a reasonible amount of time. So if you
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
As you can probably tell from the synopsis that after reading it I was pretty intrigued about the story and didn't hesitate to start it right away.

The story begins with the accident itself, or with at least what Robin can remember of it before she wakes up in the hospital after suffering a head injury from a terrible fall.
She can't quite remember anything other than her best friend was with her and that they fell.

Was it an accident? Did they jump?

Robin doesn't know and she certainly can't ask t
The Cheap Reader
Contemporary YA can be a bit hit or miss with me. Fortunately this book was a big hit for me. Robin was very likeable. I could feel how traumatized she was. I mean how could you not be traumatized after what she went through? You easily got caught up in the ‘mystery’ of what happened. You know about as much as Robin (nothing), so you’re trying to piece together clues as to what happened. I’ll admit, I got frustrated when answers didn’t come and everything was blurry. I wanted to know what happen ...more
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