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Trance by Linda Gerber
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Dec 31, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read in December, 2011

Ashlyn lost her mother 8 weeks ago to a drunken driving accident; Ash was driving when a drunk hit them. She feels guilty not only for the usual reasons one might, but because she failed to have a "vision" before the accident that might have saved her mother's life. She and her sister have always had tandem visions of things about to happen, and though they can't always figure them out, it's often enough to warn the victim. Numbers come along with the visions, a stream of digits that Ash writes out as fast as they come, but then can't decipher. But this time, Ash didn't have the vision, and now her sister has moved out, leaving no way to contact her; Ash's father has buried himself in his work, cutting himself off from any meaningful discussions with her as he mourns by himself, and Ash is left alone to figure out what a new scary vision she sees really means. Is there any way she can decipher it in time to stop something horrible from happening? She has the help of a coworker at her job, and a new guy she meets who wants to help her but to whom she doesn't want to reveal her visions for fear of turning him away. But it's still going to be pretty intense before we get to the end.

A good page turner, similar in concept to the Lisa McMann "Wake" trilogy, where a girl gets pulled into people's dreams--but much lighter in tone and with no kinky sex dreams to wade through. (I recommend Wake for high school and up, but Trance is great for middle school.) Written by an Ohio author, with a few references to real Ohio places.

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