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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Anything But Ordinary, by Lara Avery

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 sister be seventeen, too? Life went on without her while Bryce lay in a coma for five years. Her best friend and boyfriend have just graduated from college. Her parents barely speak. And everything she once dreamed of doing-winning a gold medal, traveling the world, falling in love-seems beyond her reach.

But Bryce has changed too, in seemingly impossible ways. She knows things she shouldn't. Things that happened while she was asleep. Things that haven't even happened yet. During one luminous summer, as she comes to understand that her dreams have changed forever, Bryce learns to see life for what it truly is: extraordinary.

Anything But Ordinary is a sweet story about a young girl given a second chance at living her life, 5 years later. Real, awake life feels a bit like being a stranger in a familiar land. She knows everyone, knows about them, how they think and feel...but doesn't really know them anymore. It's got to be so difficult to know them all, but not know any of them anymore.

It's well-written and keeps the reader involved. You almost don't realize you've read so much, yet you've finished the book.

Disney-Hyperion bills this story as being appropriate for 12 and up. I really have to disagree. The characters, save 1 teenage younger sister, are early 20s and older. There's drinking, some allusions to sex, and a wedding being planned.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Disney-Hyperion through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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