Pieces of Why
by K.L. Going
I’m so thankful to a be a part of the blog tour for Amy Avanzino’s debut novel, Wake-Up Call. A mix of 50 First Dates and real life, Wake-Up Call is a clever look at the turns our lives take and how we handle them.
Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover…and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins.
As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here…and how she can stay?
An enjoyable book with engaging plot lines and strong character development, Wake-Up Call is a great debut novel. While the concept of amnesia was famously addressed in 50 First Dates, the addition of three children under age five complicates things a little bit. The concept of a mother rediscovering her own life is intriguing and engaging to read about.
For the most part, I loved the characters in this story. Kofi and the children are especially well-developed characters, with depth and integrity. Unfortunately, the main character is not as likable at the start of the story, but as she grows into her own, she grows into readers’ hearts as well.
The plot of the book is quickly moving and suspenseful, providing just the right amount of predictability and surprise. Including humor and sadness within the span of just a few pages, Avanzino manages to make the Reddix family seem remarkably real. Their journey is one that will captivate readers and leave them wanting to learn more. It’s a good thing that Avanzino’s bio says she’s working on a series!
This is an especially strong casual read for a day that you want a beach read or a Kindle romance with a little more depth. A great debut from Avanzino will leave you wishing she had more books available.
About the Author
Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of Washington. She is a former advertising executive, who has spent the last several years writing, while doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Call series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in Folsom, California, with her husband and four children. Connect with her at http://www.amyavanzino.com.
Title: Wake-Up Call
Author: Amy Avanzino
Publisher: Henery Press
Release Date: 2015
Source: Advanced Review Copy
Note: I received an Advanced Review Copy of Wake-Up Call from Henery Press. All opinions are my own.