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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This is the story of the last summer of total freedom for three best friends as seen through the eyes of one of them, Violet Monroe. It is a story that deals with change and choice. In the background looms the impact of the 9/11 attack on the United States. The year is 2002. Violet believes she and her pals, Terran Ingram and Joey Fielding, will spend the summer smoking do ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Pra Publishing
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Brandon O'Neill
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
We FINALLY got Sleepwalk Society into our library and I took it home for the weekend. This is the 2nd book I've read this year where I really ended up not liking the characters, but the writing was so good, that I can read through my dislike. This takes me back to (not so long ago) when I was in college and couldn't really see me doing anything beyond what I was doing. It seemed wierd when I was student teaching, then when I had a job, got married, and have a kid. The last 10 years have been fu ...more
Sarah Gonzalez
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sleepwalk Society by Kendare Blake was an extremely refreshing read. Blake was able to accomplish, in her debut novel, what many other, more experienced, writers are unable to - she created completely believable world and story. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that she was courageous enough to write a book about young adults that teenagers could really connect with. Often times I feel that writers don't give teenagers enough credit and they produce watered down versions of reality. The w ...more
I guess that I am in the minority here, but this book was one long, rambling rant brought on by too much drugs and over thinking. There was no plot other than Violet trying to figure out who she was. The whole thing was baffling, yet sometimes very thought provoking. The most profound point Violet made was how the American dream sucked her Father dry and he will never be satisfied with what he has achieved because he will always want more and in the meantime has neglected and ignored his wife wh ...more
G Daniels
Nov 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am going to dispense with my normal rules on this one because I am breaking my first rule and stating this is an ugly baby. I am confident it is just me, that I am missing something here, but after the first 30 pages I wanted to DNF it. And would have if it was not so short, (160 pages), so I gutted through, but by the last twenty pages it was so painful I couldn't wait to get to the end, (by that time it was the principle of the thing. Who abandons a book with only twenty pages left?)
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I am ashamed to say this, but had Kendare not sent me her book, I probably wouldn't have read it; which is sad because it's a great book. I found myself putting down, books I have been crazy for, to finish Sleepwalk Society. Kendare does an amazing job creating this completely believable story and characters.

You can read the rest of my review at

Sleepwalk Society takes place mostly in Violets head; it's the summer after 9-11 and she is home from her first y
Emma Forrest
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I want to preface that I love Kendare Blake! She has amazing other books, but this book...
I read it when I was about 14 and found no flaws but 7 years later I must say this book is not what I remember.

To start on a good note, the last half of the book wasn't too bad.

Now... The main character. I wish Terran was our MC. She has so much going on for her, but Violet is so goddamn boring. bland, un-opinionated, melancholy. Its draining to read her POV. She has no cares, desires, wants, when bad thing
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Violet is a girl who doesn t see her own beauty. She refers to her name is "a joke, a plain girl having a name that s also a color. Violet says, One of my boyfriends in high school said that the only color on my face was in my eyes, and that was the color of a faded dollar bill. He also said they d be good looking if only they could express something. The year is 2002 and 18-year-old Violet is beginning summer break from college classes, a summer that will bring unexpected conflicts and discover ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Having previously read Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares, Sleepwalk Society took me by surprise - in a good way! I found the Anna tales to be brilliant ghost stories and was intrigued by the premise of this novel - so different from Anna. I believe Sleepwalk Society (and Anna!) really showcase Blake's writing talent. Blake has created very real characters in Violet, Terran, and Joey - as well as Violet and Terran's parents! I too was in high school during 9/11 and could strongly ident ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book to a point and the characters were well developed. To be fair, I don't think I am a part of its intended youth audience. I had a hard time being invested in a plot where one of the central conflicts was that the protagonist clashed with her father because he insisted she commit to a major in college. I guess I'm at a point in life where I recognize that majors, like careers, are easily changed and eventually have little bearing on the rest of your life.

I did enjoy the relatio
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Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I am ashamed to say this, but had Kendare not sent me her book, I probably wouldn't have read it; which is sad because it's a great book. I found myself putting down, books I have been crazy for, to finish Sleepwalk Society. Kendare does an amazing job creating this completely believable story and characters.

You can read the rest of my review at
Cheyenne Gray
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
People would usually think this kind of book is scary but it's not
Tereca Moore
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well developed personalities that the reader cares about. A more sophisticated look at young adults.
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