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As I Wake

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,770 ratings  ·  481 reviews
Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I look down at the ground and close my eyes.
After a moment, I open them. I see my bare toes on the road. I am here.
I am not dreaming. This is me. This is my life. But it doesn’t feel right.
It doesn’t feel like mine, it still feels like a dream I’m in, that I’ve been put in.

This is one of those books that will inspire a polarized reaction. Some of you will love it. Most of you will probably hate it. It’s odd in so many ways – not to everyone’s taste for sure – but here’s a small help: if you enjo
Emily May
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it

I don't think this book quite deserves the low average rating it currently has (3.07 the last time I checked) but I can sort of see why it got it. To fully appreciate this novel you would have to be a very specific type of reader, one that it's going to be difficult to find. You would have to be a fan of dystopia that is more about the characters than the world building, you would also have to like a bit of starcrossed romancing but minus the happy endings, and you'd have to be okay with not kn
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Oct 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
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The one star? Yeah, that was for the cover. Thank God this book was less than 300 pages. It was awful and the only reason I read it so fast was to force my way through it and make it to something more interesting. I'm actually quite proud of myself for making it through at all.

Starting out, your first thought is...WTF? Ava doesn't have a clue what's happening, and since the story is in first person POV, neither do yo
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Scott fans, readers who like sparse world building :)
Recommended to Nomes by: myself, being an Elizabeth Scott fan-girl
As I Wake is rather unlike any book I have ever read. The cover matches the contents brilliantly, it’s smokey and mysterious, gorgeous and a little bit eerie and, like the girl on the front, I felt head-achey trying to get my mind around it.

I really do love Elizabeth Scott. Every book she writes, she surprises me: she does have a signature writing style but sometimes it is funny, cute or quirky, other times heartfelt and other times barren yet full of depth. As I Wake is written in a sparse styl
This book has a great hook: Ava wakes up and doesn't know where she is, how she got there, why she's there, or even who she or anyone else around her is. It only gets more interesting when she starts remembering things, but these memories are from an entirely different life. Instead of an average suburban life, she's remembering a life in a totalitarian state, where her job is to listen to somebody else, to make sure he never does anything wrong.

When Ava is piecing together both lives, this boo
As I Wake could have been so good. In fact, throughout the beginning I was captivated. We are introduced to teenage Ava, as she wakes and realizes she doesn't know where she is, or who she is. We experience her life as she does. The first person narrative, "I wake... I see... I feel..." initially presents an intimate and intense pace for this book. Unfortunately, once I started to figure out what was going on, the story fell apart.

What I loved about this story is that author Elizabeth Scott has
Sep 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I would consider this story sci-fi (very different in my mind from paranormal), which is a genre that I typically avoid. It also relies heavily on alternate universes, which I detest as a rule. Neither of these aspects endeared me to the book, in fact the whole story really disturbed me. I also felt like I never got all the information I needed – it drops you right in the middle of something and you have to figure out what happened, but you only ever get pieces of the puzzle. Even at the end, I ...more
Let me start this review by saying, what you think you know about this book is probably wrong. I read the blurb, saw the cool cover and was all happy because it’s the second new Elizabeth Scott book this year and I like Elizabeth Scott. Her books are usually contemporary and cute and involve guys I wish were real. So when I started reading this book, I thought it would be similar to her others. But then the more I read, the more I realized this was completely different from her other stuff. And ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know what i think of this book.
It went up, down, around, backwards, and forwards.
The writing is completely unstable, the characters are poorly developed, i cannot even explain how unnecessarily confusing the plot is, giving the reader no explanation what is going on or happening! And the ending is ridiculous. I mean, I read the synopsis, which explained that Ava was having memories as a spy, but did the book give any explaination for what happened to her or why? Nope! I was als
Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Fraser Stark
While it was unique writing, it was a disjointed plot and she sorta just hopped all over. She wasn't able to make the ending tie offs or connect the two little past and present stories connect.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, teen
This book was just odd. Nothing is really explained or developed. At first I thought it was the style, but even after there are some minor explanations of what is going on, I was not any less confused. Because I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, I never connected to Ava. That is actually not surprising as Ava is as confused about her identity as I was. The story jumps back and forth between fragments of Ava's memory and the life she is living now, just adding to the confusio ...more
This book is strange O.o
Greta is Erikasbuddy
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers that want just a smidge of sci-fi
This book was AWESOME!!!

I have NEVER EVER EVER read anything like it and I loved it!!

In the beginning I kind of thought this book was going to be written in verse (with the way things are worded) but once you get to the middle it totally makes sense and made me love the book even more.

I totally recommend this book!! Super loves!

The Plot:
Ava wakes up in a room that isn't her own. She is surrounded by people she has met but not in this world. She's not the Ava everyone thinks she is. They all thin
Kaitlin Hillerich
The reason why I decided to give this book 2 stars may seem weird to some people, but to me it was a valid reason--the dialogue.

Good god, could the author use any more dashes in her character's dialogue?? I have never seen someone use that many dashes in dialogue in my life. I don't know whether to blame the author or the editor. I mean seriously, turn to any page with dialogue and there will be at least one, usually more, dash. I write, so I'm more aware of the author's writing than most reade
Amanda (Born Bookish)
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
I couldn’t wait to finish this book! I knew things were gonna be bad when the first few chapters were nothing more than the main character, Ava saying Who Am I? Where Am I? over and over, and over, AND over. The one thing this book had going for it was the mystery, the only reason I kept on reading. I forced myself through it in hopes of gaining some answers, answers that unfortunately, never came.

Ava wakes up in a bed, in a house, she doesn’t remember. The doctors say she has amnesia but Ava do
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-hope
Also Found On: A Book and A Record

As I Wake is one of those novels that you either love or you hate. Unfortunately although I am a huge Elizabeth Scott fan I had an incredibly hard time with this one.

Scott relies so much on the idea of parallel universes without really explaining hers. In every novel I feel that if the author is going to introduce a new, or at least new to the novel concept they should at lease try to explain it. However, reading As I Wake is like walking into the mid season fin
Sep 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
I like Elizabeth Scott's contemporary stories - one of her novels, "Something, Maybe" is an absolute feel-giddy-good favorite. And while I appreciate that she's branching out and trying her hand in a different genre, "As I Wake" just didn't work, IMO.

The story is told from different (alternating?) points in time... (view spoiler) and that particular bit of "spoiler" wasn't all that hard to figure out. It'
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
3.5 out of 5

Elizabeth Scott is definitely a unique writer, and it really shows here. I really liked this novel, but the few mis-steps and omissions from the narrative make it impossible for me to rate it higher. There is a lot going for As I Wake: creative ideas, intriguing and complex characters, lots of tension and suspense. The deficiencies lie in world building, a clear view of what the hell is going on for 85% of the book, and the romance.

It is fun to try and piece together what happened/i
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
As I Wake Review on K-Books

This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write. I really liked this book but at the same time I kinda disliked it as well. It is a very strange book and the reader is confused while reading it but that didn't really bother me.

Ava wakes up with a serious case of amnesia. She doesn't know who she is, where she is, or any of these people around her. But then she starts having memories. Not of this world but of a different one. As she uncovers more strange me
Kandice Dover
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I honestly have no idea what to say about this. This is an amazing book.

I'll be honest, I was kind of ify about this because it didn't really catch my attention when I saw this in the store. But my mom bought it for me, so I gave it a chance. I'm so glad I did.

16 year old Ava has no idea where she is where or who she is when she wakes up in an unfamiliar house. When she's released from the hospital she's surrounded by loving friends, a devoted mother, and a longtime crush. But none of it seems
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
As I Wake is a very strange sort of book. Like the main character Ava I really struggled in the beginning to to work out what was going on so in that sense Elizabeth Scott did an amazing job of making Ava's confusion completely realistic. Despite being ultra confused I was gripped enough by the potential of the story to want to continue reading and figure it all out. If I'm honest, I'm not exactly sure if I did really get it though!

Ava wakes up in hospital confused with what seems like complete
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Like a schizophrenic on crack I always start out reading 3-5 books at the same time until one of them wins out and becomes my sole focus. A couple of nights ago I sat down with 3 freshly checked out library books and picked up As I Wake first. And then I kept reading it until I was finished. As I Wake starts out strong. Short chapters, intriguing premise, precise writing.

It is the story of Ava, a girl who wakes up in a room that she is unfamiliar with, in a town she can't remember to a woman sh
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is totally whacked, but (if you can believe it) I mean that in a complimentary way. I'm kind of an Elizabeth Scott fangirl and I'm convinced she can write absolutely anything well, so I might be a bit biased in that regard. I can't say I loved this book, though I did enjoy it, even as I was (metaphorically) smacking my head against the wall going "What is going on?!" So yes, this book is out there, and it will probably cause confusion and frustration, but it will also almost indubitabl ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, own-it
Wow. Just wow. Hands down, my favorite Elizabeth Scott book to date. It's like nothing you've read from her before.

Let me start this review by saying, what you think you know about this book is probably wrong. I read the blurb, saw the cool cover and was all happy because it’s the second new Elizabeth Scott book this year and I like Elizabeth Scott. Her books are usually contemporary and cute and involve guys I wish were real. So when I started reading this book, I thought it would be similar to
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

I was warned before I started reading As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott that it is a little strange. And it is. I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Scott's in general, and I think I will always read her books. I think part of the reason that I love her stories so much is that she doesn't follow a set path. I'm sure she's very successful with her contemporary love stories, like Perfect You and Bloom. But she also isn't afraid to write hard and diff
Kristi-The Book Faery

As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott is a true puzzle, while reading it my mind was spinning with a twenty different theories or possibilities. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be about; I was expecting more of a paranormal romance where this is more on the science fiction side. Don’t get me wrong-there’s undying love and plenty of weirdness but not the kind I was prepared for. This is a difficult book to review without giving away spoilers and once that happens it takes the oomph
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was certainly an unusual book to read, to say the least. It centres on Ava, a 17 year old who remembers nothing about her life until now. Her memories slowly surface, but they're memories of another world; a world where every move is scrutinised and trust is thin on the ground. She sees some of the faces that are present in this life, but they have very different lives. And then there's Morgan. Ava's job in her previous world was to watch him closely, having been trained to watch for anythi ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Ava has amnesia. The doctors keep telling her not to worry, she'll soon remember her family and friends. The trouble is, Ava does remember them - but her memories are from another world, where she was another Ava. And then there's Morgan, the boy she loved in that life, begging her to come back. Ava's not sure what's real anymore. Her new world is so much better, but if she stays, she'll lose Morgan forever.

This is an unusual story. The prose is sparse, almost bleak in some places. The two wor
BookChic Club
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I really admire Elizabeth Scott for always seeming to branch out into new genres with almost every one of her books. With this one, she takes on the world of dystopia with a tiny bit of magic thrown in as part of the big reveal. It's a very compelling book and I flew through it pretty quickly. I really wanted to know what happened to Ava and what was going on with that other world.

Characterization is a bit on the low side what with two worlds full of the same people, but slightly different perso
Corinne Edwards
When she wakes up, all she knows is that she no longer knows anything. Not her name, not where she is, not the faces that loom in front of her.

She doesn't belong here but she doesn't remember where she DOES belong. Soon, when snatches begin to come back, they arrive with such excruciating pain that piecing them together is almost impossible. Slowly, of course, the people who call her Ava start expecting her to just live in this new life while she knows she is somehow in the wrong skin, in the wr
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can't leave without buying at least one book.

Usually two. (Or more!)

My website and blog are at, and I'm also on twitter, tumblr, and facebook
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“He is nothing to look at, and yet I can’t stop looking at him. There is something beautiful in how his face is made, how all the tiny flaws blend together into something more perfect than perfection could ever be.” 24 likes
“And yet here I am. Broken and bleeding on the inside, heartsick, I am here.” 12 likes
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