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Anything But Ordinary

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  884 ratings  ·  186 reviews
An inspiring, bittersweet love story about making every day count.

Bryce remembers it like it was yesterday. The scent of chlorine. The blinding crack and flash of pain. Blood in the water.

When she wakes up in the hospital, all Bryce can think of is her disastrous Olympic diving trial. But everything is different now. Bryce still feels seventeen, so how can her little siste...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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Kricket
a promising (and bee-yoo-tiful!) young diver hits her head and wakes up five years later. things have changed. she has missed her chance at the olympics, her family is falling apart, and her boyfriend is now engaged to her best friend. bryce should be paralyzed but by sheer force of will she is walking again almost instantly. but she doesn't want to tell the handsome young intern (who has taken a curious interest in her case) about the strange visions she gets along with blinding pain, because s...more
Joy (joyous reads)
The Gist: Girl woke up from a five-year coma; life around her predictably changed. Her family's drifted apart. She lost her best friend and boyfriend. On top of it all, she's sensing something different about herself: her senses are heightened and she's remembering things from other people's past. She's also getting glimpses of the future - hers and her loved ones. What's happening? Many called her a miracle but some days, she wonders, is she really? Or is she nothing but a freak of nature?

The R...more
Emily Crowe
This book would've been more appropriately called "Pretty Ordinary." I had such high hopes from reading the first few pages that it was my airplane book for today, but that turned out to be a big mistake. This book has narrative inconsistencies, factual inaccuracies, two-dimensional characters, parents whose actions simply cannot be believed, and dialogue that is both flat & insipid. Still, it's a quick read and once Bryce, the main character, gets her last bit of bad news, somewhere around...more
Mitch
Ok, first of all I must admit that the author Lara Avery lives one floor above me, but I am not being biast. I told her I'd tell her my true thoughts about the book, and I will! In short, "Anything But Ordinary" is a great book. A quick read and an interesting story, that's for sure!

The following contains spoilers.

Bryce is a champion diver with dreams of the Olympics. She is a bright high school student and has a loyal best friend and wonderful boyfriend. The one dive changes everything. She is...more
Cassidy Fontana
Thanks to an advance reading copy, I got a chance to check out Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery a few weeks early. The premise to this YA novel is compelling - seventeen-year-old Bryce wakes up in the hospital after an Olympic diving trial gone wrong, only to discover that she missed the last five years of her life, and she's actually twenty-two. Her best friend Gabby and her boyfriend Greg commiserated together... to the point that they began dating each other, thinking Bryce would never com...more
Princess Bookie

My Thoughts: I did not know what this book was about when I first starting reading it. I remember reading the summary a few months ago and knowing I wanted to read it, thats it.

I am so happy I read it! We are introduced to Bryce who loves swimming. She was 17 years old when this happened. She’s a diver and one day during competition she dives and never wakes up. She is in a coma for five years. Yes, you read that right, 5 whole years. She wakes up and everyone has moved on. Her best friend is da...more
Aeicha
The intriguing premise of Lara Avery's Anything But Ordinary is what initially drew me to this book- I mean girl-in-coma-wakes-up-years-later with visions sounds pretty captivating- unfortunately, the book's story execution and character development fell very flat.

Seventeen year old Bryce has a terrible accident on the day of her Olympic diving trials and ends up in a coma. Five years later, she miraculously wakes up and seems to recover swiftly. But everything is different- Bryce is now 22, her...more
Stephanie
The Militant Recommender is recommending Lara Avery's Anything But Ordinary this week because it is an Olympic summer and Bryce Graham, our heroine in this extraordinary story, is an Olympic contender. She is a 17 year old diver who, when reporters asked her her secret, replied concentration, or focus... but never mentioned fear. Or space. The lack of it... the length of a cicada (relevent when you read the story), one inch...was all it took to end Bryce's career at the Nashville Olympic Diving...more
Jenna
Why You Must Read This:

Compelling plot. Bryce wakes up after five years of being in a coma. Everything is her different. Her once innocent twelve year old sister has become a punk rebel, her friends have graduated from college, and her boyfriend is with her best friend. Major betrayal issues from the start.

It makes you ask "What if?" This could happen to anyone. As Bryce is at the Olympic trials, she miscalculates her dive and hits her head on the pool, knocking her unconscious. Okay, so we're...more
Dedra
The problem with reading an advance copy is that you want to talk about it but you can't tell much without going into spoilers. What sounds like an interesting premise - 17 year old has a tragic accident at her Olympics diving trial (think Greg Louganis), ends up in a coma for 5 years, wakes up and discovers her boyfriend engaged to her best friend and her family is falling apart - descends into ridiculous and implausible situations, inane dialogue and the strangest ending ever. For me, it's a w...more
Zoe
3.5 Stars
While some aspects of Lara Avery's novel certainly worked better than others, I found this to be a decent, thought-provoking novel that is sure to be enjoyed.

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It seems like it was yesterday. The water, the diving board, the Olympics suddenly becoming a reachable goal and not simply a fantasy. But all it takes is one misjudged twist and then the blood starts.
When she wakes up in the hospital, Bryce is informed that she has been in a coma for the past 5 years. As she struggles to...more
Yinglin Chen
A girl that woke up, and finally realized that she had been in a coma for 5 years, from a diving accident. However, it was definitely unordinary that a girl that has been asleep for 5 years has regained most of her senses right away, although she had a little trouble walking.

5 years, is definitely a long time and many things would change, which happened to Bryce. She had to wake up to and realized that her boyfriend is engaged to her best friend, and her sister has become a junkie.

From this bo...more
Steffy
I have no idea how I feel about this book. Maybe I will need days to figure it out I don’t know all I know is that I’m completely and utterly surprised and shocked by the development of the story and the ending.
Usually when you read the summary of a book, like it or not you can somehow predict how it will go it was not the case I finished it with a big “What the hell?”
Like it or hate it I doesn’t matter I don’t think this book could let anyone indifferent.
For the most part I liked it, the stor...more
WJ
Opening Line: Most divers forget to see the space, the air.

By all accounts, Anything but Ordinary should be a really great read. The blurb sounds promising: a diver training to be Olympian miscalculates the distance of her dive, ends up seriously injuring her head and goes into a coma. Five years later she's mysteriously recovered and now has strange visions. The rest of the world, including her best friend and boyfriend, have moved on while she's left to pick up the pieces. Sounds promising, ri...more
Kate
Bryce is 17 when she hits her head during a diving competition, and 22 when she wakes up from a coma. Bryce feels the same, but everything is different. Her little sister is grown up into a rebellious teen, her parents barely look at each other, and her boyfriend Greg is engaged to her best friend Gabby. Bryce does her best to work through it all, driving herself to walk and make her life normal again, with a little help from Carter, a med student who sat by her side through those five years.

Bry...more
Marisa
I love how the book ended the same as it began.
John Clark
What if you had the ultimate second chance, only to discover that it's on a bungee cord? Bryce was on track to become an Olympic diver when she miscalculated her dive by a fraction and hit her head. Five years later, she emerges from a coma to find just how much life has passed her by. Her boyfriend Greg and her best friend Gabby are college graduates. Her parents are barely communicating and her dad, who was her diving coach now works in admissions at Vanderbilt because he couldn't shake the im...more
Teresa Bateman
It happened at the Olympic diving trials. A leap from the platform that wasn't quite far enough, a spin, and then her skull cracking against the cement. Blood in the water. When Bryce opens her eyes again she is in a hospital bed, and five years have passed. During her coma the world has gone on spinning. Her little sister is almost unrecognizable, both in looks and behavior. Her boyfriend is engaged to her best friend. The future she has so carefully planned has been snatched from her. Can she...more
Kayla
I must be having a bad week with books, I made it 120 pages and was just plain bored. It starts off good, the girl is in a coma she wakes up and then it just all goes downhill. Nobody seems to be as shocked as they should be that their daughter and friend has been asleep for 5 years, her parents particularly. Her sister is so self-absorbed and basically berates the main character for caring about her and just asking any kind of questions which makes zero sense unless her sister is a legitimate j...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Young Olympic-quality diver has an accident and is in a coma for five years. She comes to and makes a remarkable swift recovery to go back home to a family on the brink of fracture.
I had trouble staying focused with this one. There was a little too much woo-woo or else too much realism, but there wasn't a good fit between the two. And the ending annoyed me. And the cover was REALLY annoying.
Kristen
This book was really great. One of the ones that will only last you one afternoon because you just can't set it down. With so many twists and cliffhangers, it was just impossible for me to stop reading, and I think this was an excellent first novel for Lara Avery (I'll definitely be looking into her later). I loved the whole plot of Bryce trying to find a place in her new world, and the sweet, slight romance that gets tied in to the whole thing perfectly. I didn't quite realize how good it was g...more
 Abril Sol
I'm not giving this book just 1 star only because I believe that the idea, the concept of it was very promising. I think the author could have made an amazing book, but instead of that he wrote the pointless story ever. The story itself it's very plain, superficial. You never get to connect with any character. And some stuffs are left unsolved. Then you have the corny silly thing about "her mision"... I mean, REALLY?! She was some kind of "fixer"? She had to "solve magically" everybody except, o...more
Hailee
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Ramona
Jun 27, 2013 Ramona rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I liked the premise up to a point. I enjoyed reading it while I was reading it, but then it took a truly bizarre turn and just got stranger. And then when I thought about it, I liked it even less. So . . . only for a quick read and perhaps an example of a book that ought to work but doesn't quite pull it off.
Renaissance
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Karen
The premise is great, but the ending definitely left me saying "WTH?" and dropping a star from the rating. I don't require a happy ending, but I don't like endings that come out of nowhere, either.
Denis Alvarez
I think this book was awesome! I never expected it to end that way. I actually thought the doctors were wrong or something.
Michelle Arrow


That's exactly what I thought about this book. It was tragic, and lovely, all at the same time. It's the type of book that you should sit and read with a cup of tea and crumpets.

Anything But Ordinary was a very enjoyable read. I loved the tragedy, and how it strongly it impacted us readers. It seriously begins to compare to Gayle Forman's If I Stay.

So one reason I may have picked this book up is because of the cover and the summary of course. I love swimming, and am a swimmer, so this is...more
Cynthia Edge
The premise of this book seemed really promising. Who wouldn't want to read about what might happen if you lost five years after being in a coma, especially during the years between the ages of 17 and 22?

Unfortunately, I just didn't think that the entire thing was very plausible. I found it ridiculous from a medical standpoint that the main character could just get up and walk after a short period of time, when 5 years of being bed ridden would have atrophied them. With that aside, I just thoug...more
Siobhan
This Review can also be read on my blog Conversations of a Reading Addict

This story is not what I expected when I requested it from the publisher. I was expecting a straight forward YA Contemporary Fiction book that dealt with the hardships of waking up from a 5-year coma. But what I discovered was it dealt with so much more than that.

Here is what I loved: I loved that the family dynamic was not perfect, that the issues that came about when Bryce woke up seemed realistic and heartbreaking. I lo...more
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