Wild Awake is a book by Hilary T. Smith.
When Kiri’s parents leave to go on a holiday for six weeks, Kiri expects to practice piano, water the plants and collect the mail. But when a mysterious man calls Kiri telling her that he has her sister’s stuff, Kiri’s life changes forever. Why does this unknown man have Kiri’s sister’s, Sukey’s, things? Sukey died in an accident. What things does this man have? Why did he have to wait five years to make that phone call? Questions spin around in Kiri’s head as she makes a decision to ride her bike down to meet this man and claim Sukey’s things. What awaits her is nothing she ever would have expected.
Okay, I’m just going to put it out there now. I didn’t enjoy reading this book at all. So firstly, let me talk a bit about Kiri. I normally look up to the characters in books and admire them for their bravery or determination. At the beginning of the book, Kiri goes off on her bike looking for a guy who says he has her sister’s things. At first, Kiri seemed really determined and courageous and I admired her for that. However, the more chapters I read, the more I felt like Kiri was just being downright reckless. I felt like yelling at her to stop going into strange men’s houses because she will get herself killed. Who would do that? Normally, I like a book making me angry or upset because that means the author has done a good job of making me feel that way. I don’t know whether the author wrote the book that way, but the whole time I felt like screaming at Kiri because she was just so irresponsible and reckless. I didn’t feel connected to Kiri in any way and I realised I wouldn’t actually care if she got herself killed. Kiri was constantly taking drugs and drinking alcohol and that’s not the type of person I respect. Who would? Is the author trying to connect with me? No. Is the author trying to make people feel sorry for Kiri and therefore keep reading the book? Well, if so, it sure didn’t work on me. Kiri had some serious issues and I would have been happy to let her deal with her issues alone and not have to read about them. After the first few chapters of reading this book, I had absolutely no desire to finish it. However, Hardie Grant Egmont Australia kindly gave me this book to review honestly, so I thought I had better finish it so I can give it an honest review. But this book didn’t benefit me in any way. What have I learnt here? What did this book teach me? Nothing. I would have happily put this book down before I even got half way. And I wouldn’t have been disappointed at not finishing this book. I felt like this book has been a waste of precious reading time that I could have spent reading something far more beneficial, like rereading the Mortal Instruments series. Yes. It’s been a long time since I’ve read those books. See? That would have been far better. Instead, I read some book where the main character was hooked on drugs and alcohol and constantly felt sorry for herself. I guess I was interested in this book in the beginning. The blurb got me interested and made me want to read it. At the beginning, I was interested to see what kinds of things this guy who said he had Kiri’s sister’s things would have. Once Kiri got her sister’s things, I immediately lost interest. Sure, Kiri got a boyfriend and there was some drama to do with her band. I could have lived without reading about all of that for the next 350 pages. I can’t say I hated this book, but it was pretty close to it. I liked about 20 pages of this whole book, I guess. I’d give Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith a score of 3.5 out of 10. I really don’t recommend reading this book.
Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.