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West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia.

She's the girl next door-sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Ann
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ya-shelves
As a librarian, I can see why this novel won a coveted spot in the JLG Fall selection. A compelling read, well told love story, beautiful cover and plotting that will pull in reluctant readers. I see this as high interest for my teens.
Lacey
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow...this book has definitely earned a spot on my favorites shelf! I'm just so wowed by the entire book and the twist?! I never saw it coming...wish I could tell you every little detail I loved about this book but per publishers request I will wait a month before the book's release date to release my review! But Cylin Busby has a wonderful talent in writing and I can't wait to read any other books she releases!

Here's the link to my full review: http://laceyshoelaces.blogspot.com/20...

There's also a interview with
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Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Blink Once is what I would call a contemporary story with paranormal elements. At the heart of the story is a high school boy who has been in a biking accident that leaves him in the hospital and wondering when--if--he will get out. Weaving in and out of the plot are bizarre dreams that make him questions what is real and what is a figment of his imagination. There is the beautiful Olivia, also a patient and who has her secrets. With each answer, new questions arise in a complex plot that culmin ...more
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a haunting story! Reading the summary, I loved the idea of a secret connection between Olivia and West. And that is exactly what they had. Something about being in an accident or similar health crisis kind of strips people down to their core. Suddenly, the things you thought were so important are suddenly not. I like reading about characters who are going through these kinds of situations. These kinds of stories are just so compelling to me.

Once I started Blink Once, I knew ther
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Claudiu
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well Blink Once it's a life story,a true thriller.This book should be a movie,the subject it's perfect for a script.I can confess that i cried by the end of the book,a few tears..because it was sooo sad...i couldn't stop myself...

OK.The story main character it's a 17 years old kid called West.His life supposed to be perfect,until a bike accident leaves him paralyzed.He "wakes" up in a hospital,and doesn't know what happened.Right there he meets Olivia,the girl next door.Olivia seems
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Paul
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes at night, when I was alone, or when I was at the pool, in the quiet stillness underwater, my mind would go to that place. To the hospital, to the people there. It was as if my heart could travel, over the miles, over the months that had passed, and I was back with her. Olivia"

Wow. Amazing book, great love story.
Emy
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone !
Recommended to Emy by: Claudiu
Shelves: favorites
Oh My God ! I have just finished another awesome book ! I had some sad feelings as I read it ,of course.But this is why I enjoyed it so much ! There can be lots of sad stories,but they must be well written.And "Blink
Once" is certainly a good-written one !
The subject is really great.Something new for me .I mean,I've heard about this "meetings" with other "spirits" of the alive patients,as you're in comatose.But I never knew exactly how it was like.Before I read this book.I felt so bad abou
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Libby
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A spare, evocative thriller from an acclaimed YA memoirist. In this haunting story, we first meet West, a 17-year-old accident victim who wakes up in the hospital confused about what has happened to him, and the extent of his injuries.
Luckily, there is a teen girl in the room next door, Olivia, who is more than happy to fill him in: “You’re paralyzed, in case no one has told you yet,” she announces bluntly. Olivia, a beautiful former ballerina, is at once charming and terrifying, and she quickl
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Alja Katuin
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have one words other than read this book.. it's original, its written with great wit and you'll be floating through it in no time..

Oh West..
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the mysteries of the world is what happens to you, when you are between life and death? Are you here stuck in limbo among us? Or are you lost? Destined to live in place where no one can hear or see you. I have watch many shows and read books on this matter. If you want a great book full of mystery with a life hanging in the balance, read this now.

What I loved most about this story is the great plot! I really like how the author kept the reader out of the loop till the very end
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Sabrina
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sabrina by: Claudiu
I received this book free fom Cylin, in exchange of a honest review. Thank you, Cylin!! <3

Review

This book was amazing!
Paralyzed, West can only notice. He can notice Olivia's beauty and hope that, one day, he will be healed. But he starts to have nightmares where he sees a girl crying and man with burned face. West doesn't know what will happen to him and the only thing that relieves him is Olivia. She always stands with him, talks with him and tells him that he
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Laura Salas
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This novel about West, a high school kid who is paralyzed after an accident, is mysterious and magical at the same time. OK, usually I don’t like books you would describe that way. But this book was amazing. West is contemporary and believable. He can only communicate through blinking, and the girl in the next hospital room over, Olivia, is about the only thing getting him through the entire ordeal. I can’t say too much without spoiling things, but there are nightmares and crimes and surpri ...more
Dotti Enderle
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
Amazing book! But why do publishers put girls on the covers of books where the MC is a boy? This one is almost spoilerish.
Lvna
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it


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Katy
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - This book had such potential to be a very powerful book. Unfortunately, the writing and the story progression just was not compelling. So I really want to bump it up to a three to credit Busby for her creativity, but I just find it hard to find the book more than just okay.

To be honest, I couldn't get into the first 2/3 of the book. We meet West, who was paralyzed in an accident, and he meets another patient Olivia, who supposedly shows him how to live.

Meanwhi
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hayden
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You guys, I'm in a state of shock. This is one of the best, most emotional books I've read in a long time . . . I'm just going to say now that no words I will ever speak (or type) can justify or express exactly how I feel about Blink Once, exactly how much it tore me apart.

Blink Once is about seventeen-year-old West, who is in a mountain bike accident and ends up in a hospital. From the first page, I loved West. He was compassionate, caring, and an overall great guy. He is one of the best maletype)
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Shaun Heneghan
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just when authors of Young Adult novels seem to be all alike...along comes Cylin Busby. Her newest work, Blink Once, is a YA novel that truly respects the intellectual and emotional depth of young adult readers.

Blink Once centers around a high-school senior, West, who lies in a hospital, paralyzed and heavily medicated. Only another patient, the mysterious Oliva, understands West's inner thoughts--including his haunting dreams. The author uses crafty techniques (such as semi-reliable
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Mrs. S
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, ok. I don't want to say too much. I will say this: I know there's a big clamor for male narrators, and this book has an excellent one. West has been in an accident and is, essentially, trapped in his body. He meets Olivia, and she starts to change everything for him. Throughout all of this--a devastating accident, a grueling and uncertain recovery process, wildly changing relationships--West's voice felt true to his teen guy self. So I think a lot of you will enjoy this book based on that a ...more
Stephanie
My Summary: West thought he had the perfect life - an amazing girlfriend, great friends, an a competitive BMX biking career. That is, until the accident.

Now West is a vegetable - completely paralyzed and unable to move. His future looks bleak in comparison to what he used to have... until he meets Olivia. Strange, intense, and mysterious, Olivia helps West on the path to recovery faster than any miracle drug ever could have. But what will happen to their relationship when West is rel
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Oana Ungureanu
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, no, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I am just overwhelmed, I can't help crying.
Review to be posted tomorrow.
Educating Drew
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trapped in your body
Others might be surprised that you can
Hear life around you.


Holy geez, be still my heart! I DEVOURED this book. In all honesty, I can't recall the last time I was caught off guard by a book in such a way. Not only did the plot unravel in a way that I couldn't step away from, the story grabbed my heart and treated it like a puppet, fully mastering maneuvers to make me sigh, yearn, and appreciate my life.

Blink Once is told from West's po
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
When I heard about Blink Once, I knew that I had to read it! I loved the idea behind it and it sounded quite different to some of the other young-adult orientated books that are out there. When I received the book, I picked it up straight away and was quickly hooked!

Blink Once is different and a little difficult to describe. This story is narrated by West, a boy who has been left in a coma after having an accident on his bike. For around the first half of this book, West is left para
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Rose
"Blink Once" is a young adult paranormal story with a mysterious and coming of age leaning that took me by surprise in how resonant it was. The story begins with the narrative of a high school student named West who wakes in a hospital with no memory of what happened as well as having little to no ability to communicate or move. He has no bearing on how much time has passed since in the hospital, and his parents and friends share concern over his well-being. Add to his particular stay a charming ...more
Adrienne
Review also available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.

This novel was far better than I expected.  It was ethereal without be unrealistic and believable while still retaining its magic.  There are two distinct parts that would be spoilery to mention but are obvious once you reach the end of the first.  Busby crafts a finale that is completely realistic and doesn't try to shoehorn anything in for the sake of an overly happy ending.  It couldn't have been more satisfying, and this is th
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Debbie I Heart YA Books
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blink Once is a beautiful, heart-gripping story. Cylin Busby goes for the heart strings in this amazing love story and she doesn’t let you go even after you’ve read the last page of West and Olivia’s meant-to-be, but can't love. And with this story being shown to us through West's point of view, who is a seventeen year old guy, that made it a more powerful read for me. I love seeing West’s guy thoughts and feelings in this tender storyline. Busby is a wonderful writer, she will bring you to tear ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Let me start by saying this is a very hard story to review without spoiling anything, but let me try.
Blink Once is an emotional and mysterious story. This was an interesting premise, and I connected pretty well with West. It was definitely a journey being in his head while he is so hurt, not knowing what is real, what is a dream, and trying to piece together everything that happened to him, and if his dreams mean anything.
I loved Nurse Norris, and often wondered how she could stay so positi
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Suzanne
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
(maybe a 3.5)

Recovery from a devastating injury is hard, especially when one is completely paralyzed. That's what West discovers in the hospital. It's as if he has stopped being a person when his parents, his friends, and even his nurses and doctors sometimes act like he's not there, just because he can move or do anything for himself.

The one person with whom he connects during the struggle to come alive after an extreme biking accident trauma is Olivia. She's right next
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Brittany Rehage
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was both predictable and completely unpredictable. I knew what was coming before I even started reading, and yet I was completely shocked by how much I love this story anyway.

West wakes up, unable to talk, to move, to breathe on his own. He knows he’s in the hospital, but he doesn’t know why or how he got there. And then he meets Olivia.

Olivia understands what he’s thinking, and becomes West’s best friend. Eventually, they start to fall in love with each other.
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Liza Wiemer
Cylin Busby's Blink Once is an engrossing, mysterious novel that will keep you guessing. In many ways, it reminded me of Megan Miranda's outstanding novel Fracture. The reader learns quickly that West has been in a biking accident and is now paralyzed and unable to speak because of a breathing tube. The description of his hospital experience is at times heart breaking and touching. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Olivia, a sick girl who's room is next to West's. Olivia, a vivacious, sad, bold girl ...more
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Cylin Busby is the author of several teen books and numerous articles as well as the acclaimed young adult memoir, THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED,which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Cybils Award winner.
Her latest novel, THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB TIBBS, has earned starred reviews and was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. The former Senior Editor of T
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“Sometimes at night, when I was alone, or when I was at the pool, in the quiet stillness underwater, my mind would go to that place. To the hospital, to the people there. It was as if my heart could travel, over the miles, over the months that had passed, and I was back with her. Olivia” 7 likes
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