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Anything But Ordinary

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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
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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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
Emily Crowe
Jun 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Princess Bookie
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012

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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
So, this book was nothing like I expected. I like mermaid books, and something about the way the figure on the cover is dressed and floating in the water made me think she was one. Then in the description, it said something about her being an Olympic swimmer (water) and having mysterious abilities that developed while she was in a five-year-long coma (or was it really a coma?). So, I thought there would be a big reveal somewhere in the book with her being a mermaid, or some fantasy explanation. ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book had a decent story line, but I just couldn't find the story gripping. I felt it lacked a strong writing style and although I know there was intention of depth in the teeny-bopper book, it lacked serious depth. Overall, not impressed. I also didn't like the reader of the audio book. She made everyone sound drab.
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love how the book ended the same as it began.
I was excited about the amnesia aspect of this book. Plus, I thought there would’ve been some foul play with the car plunging off the bridge into the water. Maybe MC (cannot even remember her name) wasn’t the driver after all?

Well, nothing interesting happened. No bad guys. No dastardly deeds. Pfffft! Apparently, there was a romance that she forgot about with a vague, barely mentioned character. She gets an inkling, they share a few meaningful looks, and they live happily ever after. This love
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book but I absolutely hate it too. It was wonderful, amazing, horrible, tear-wrenching, and beautiful. The one thing that I hated about it was the ending it’s been haunting me ever since I read it so he warned future readers but I love this book. Don’t take this review so seriously I wrote it through a haze of pain and shock.
Amy Snyder
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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John Clark
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, age-ya, 2012
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.

Yinglin Chen
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sophomore-year
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
Kristen Landon
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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Courtney Hatcher
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
It's 12:21 at night and I am currently dying over the end of this book.
I definitely liked this book much more than I thought I was going to! Still had some problems with it, but overall it was worth my time and I would recommend it because I've never read something like this before.
I had some issues with Bryce, but for the most part I liked her. I just hated it in the beginning when she was being a little hoe with Greg.
Speaking of Greg, I am so glad that Gabby and Bryce realized that THEY DID NO
Donna Jo Atwood
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
for a new author this book was interesting couldn't stop reading it ...Bryce wakes up from her coma after five yrs and does the things she slept through like prom and such and just as it seems like she's getting better ...

You will have to read the book for yourself to find out looking forward to the next book from this author
A Serious Lover
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Dios, no tengo palabras... Creí que iba a tener el típico final, pero no. Me sorprendió un poco cómo acabó todo.

Amo a Carter.
Mary McGill
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book but the ending confused me.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
libros con finales inesperados que me rompen el corazón :(
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