Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

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When people around Kiri—including Skunk, who has his own mental health problems—and Kiri herself begin to think that she “might be having a Thing,” it’s believable, worrying, and relatable.
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In Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith's exhilarating and heart-wrenching YA debut novel, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents. She intends to devote herself to her music and win Battle of the Bands with her bandmate and best friend, Lukas. Perhaps then, in the excitement of victory, he will finally realize she's the girl of his dreams.

But a phone call from a stranger shatters Kiri's plans. He says he has her sister's stuff—her sister, Sukey, who died five years ago. This call throws Kiri into a spiral of chaos that opens old wounds and new mysteries.

Like If I Stay and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wild Awake explores loss, love, and what it means to be alive.

 

About Hilary T. Smith

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Hilary T. Smith wanders, but is not lost. Also known as the formerly anonymous publishing industry blogger INTERN, Hilary is now a full-time writer and wilderness lover. She wrote various parts of her young-adult debut novel, Wild Awake, while living in a van, on a houseboat, and in an off-the-grid cabin seven miles from the nearest paved road. By the time you read this, she will probably be living somewhere new, but you can always visit her online at www.hilarytsmith.com and on Twitter @HilaryTSmith.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books. 389 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 22 2013

When people around Kiri—including Skunk, who has his own mental health problems—and Kiri herself begin to think that she “might be having a Thing,” it’s believable, worrying, and relatable.

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Kirkus

Good
on Mar 27 2013

Beautiful and energetic, if jumbled; Smith’s a writer to watch.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Pinneo on May 24 2013

Wild Awake is a spirited, swashbuckling tale readers will not soon forget.

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