This was one of my favourite childhood books. I remember spending hours reading (and re-readig) them, totally absorbed in the worlds that Enid Blyton...moreThis was one of my favourite childhood books. I remember spending hours reading (and re-readig) them, totally absorbed in the worlds that Enid Blyton had created. I may even read them again soon to refresh my fading memory of them :o)(less)
The story begins with a coin toss. Naomi lost. She had to go back and get the Camera from the Yearbook room at her school. She fell.
Naomi can't piece...moreThe story begins with a coin toss. Naomi lost. She had to go back and get the Camera from the Yearbook room at her school. She fell.
Naomi can't piece together the last four years of her life after slipping and hitting her head in a freak accident. She wakes in an ambulance with a stranger telling the paramedics he's her boyfriend, only she has no idea who he is. This boy turns out to be James, mysterious, with an even clouder past and some nasty rumours which may or may not be true.
Naomi is visited in hospital by her best friend Will. She knows he's funny straight away, but doesn't understand why he calls her Chief. Naomi finds out that Will knows a lot about her, and he tries to fill in some gaps about her 'past' life but she just can't quite place who she was - or why she enjoyed some of the things she [apparently:] loved.
One of those things is her real boyfriend, Ace. She learns that they were both Tennis addicts and that she was crazy for him, but the new Naomi can't figure out why. We follow Naomi on her journey of learning, both who she was, is, and wants to become. Everyone tries to tell her the kind of person that she was, but she isn’t sure that she wants to continue the lifestyle she was leading, or to be the person they're describing.
I enjoyed this book. Gabrielle Zevin has an interesting writing style, which made it easy to relate (to a certain extent) to the characters in the book. Admittedly, it probably took me a good 100 pages to really WANT to read more as I went into the book with high expectations, but I'm glad I persisted. It was definitely worth the read. I enjoyed reading about Naomi and seeing her through the eyes of her friends, while also following her on her journey of self discovery. With some witty remarks from Will and Naomi's dad, the seriousness of the book was well balanced and not too over the top or depressing. I look forward to reading more by this Author.(less)
3.5 stars, it was good, but not quite 4 star worthy.
Get Well Soon is about Anna, just your average girl who, at her own admission, is fat and depresse...more3.5 stars, it was good, but not quite 4 star worthy.
Get Well Soon is about Anna, just your average girl who, at her own admission, is fat and depressed. She's no stranger to to panic attacks, bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (in Anna's words - TMI!) and as a result, refused to attend school. After being sent away to a "mental hospital" which she lovingly nicknames "Lake Shit", she comes to the realisation that she is stuck and hasn't a clue how to function in the "real world". When Anna arrives at the hospital, she is seated at a desk in the hall and isn't allowed into a room, has to wear daggy Pyjamas without a bra, and be escorted to use the bathroom (uncomfortable much?). Nobody tells her anything, the staff are ignorant and rude, their rules make no sense, and her fellow patients range from seemingly normal individuals to satan worshipping, pyromaniac loonies.
As Anna's stay goes on, she meets and makes friends with a group of teens, each of which are in for help with their own 'issues'. Each of the characters were funny, unique and definitely out there. They were all very well described, and were easy to imagine and form a voice for.
The book is written in the form of a (very long) letter to Anna's best friend, Tracy. The dialogue was easy to read and follow along with (some stories written in letter format seem a bit patchy, but Anna certainly doesn't leave much out, updating about 4 times a day), and, in my opinion, very honest and resembled that of a teenage girl.
Over all, a fun read. This was Julie Halpern's debut, and while I certainly enjoyed one of her other works (Don't Stop Now) more, Get Well Soon does deserve its own praise. It's very likely I'll read more by this Author in the future. (less)