Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that we are anxiously awaiting is WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith.  WILD AWAKE releases on May 28, 2013 from Katherine Tegen Books (Harper).

Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.
The first thing that drew me to this book was the title, WILD AWAKE.  I don't know what it is about it, but it just seems so hopeful and alive, but with a spark of true emotion.  Then I read the blurb and I knew this was one I needed to read.  I'm always looking for a contemporary that has sadness, but not so much that you want to lock yourself away and cry.  This seems like one of those contemporaries.  Also...I'm thinking this will definitely have some laugh out loud moments.  The cover?  I'm kind of one a line with the cover, not exactly sure if I like it yet.


  1. What?!? Wild Awake sounds pretty incredible. This is going on my tbr. Thanks!

  2. My friend just read this one and she LOVED it! I'm debating on whether or not I want to read it thouhgh, because it's all in verse which never works well for me >_< great pick!

    1. Oh great! I haven't heard much about it, so that makes me even more excited!

  3. I recently saw this one and loved the cover. Nice pick!

    Thanks for coming by my blog.

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  4. This book actually sounds really interesting! I've added it to my TBR. How could I say no to this contemporary?

    - Sam @ Falling Books

  5. Oh this one sounds really cool! I'm always on the lookout for an out-of-the-box contemporary and this one sounds PERFECT. :D

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

  6. I love the title, cover, and basically everything about Wild Awake so I must have it in my hands soon!! :) Great pick!!

  7. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

  8. I've never heard of this one but that title drew me in too! The blurb sounds pretty good too. Thanks for sharing and great pick :)


  9. Wow! This one sounds very interesting! I'll definitely be adding this too my TRB pile. Great pick!

    Millie @ Millie D's Words

    My WoW

    1. Thanks Millie! I'm hoping some people start getting ARCS b/c I'd love to hear more about it!

  10. AH!!!!! This book sounds EPIC! Like seriously the cover rocks and i just read the summary and now I AM WAITING for this book to come out!!! :D Love that there's a "what you believe will happen" and a "what will really happen" to it!!

    -AWESOME WoW pick jennifer! ^_^
    Lisseth @ Read-A-holicZ [My WoW]

    1. You just made me smile!!!!! Glad it helped you out! I just saw your WOW--Distance Between Us! Yes!

  11. Oh my WOW! This one does sound awesome!


  12. Great choice! I really want to read this. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Despite the fact that every time I think of the title I get Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake' stuck in my head (not a fan of that song) this book does sound really good. I think the list thing is sucking me in haha. I'm adding this to my TBR list.

  14. Uhm, wow. Yeah, this book sounds amazing :D Thank you for sharing. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  15. The first book I officially read start to finish in 2013, WILD AWAKE gives me more reason to shout about contemporary YA from the mountaintops. Or from my couch-top, seeing as how the mountains here have many feet of snow and it would be hard to get up there.

    The current synopsis for WILD AWAKE is mostly bullet points, which sometimes doesn't do a book much justice, but somehow works for this one. You get enough of a glimpse into the story to be intrigued, and the bullet points are actually quite accurate, or as much as they can be for being the bare bones parts of a story.

    Kiri is a pianist working towards an audition that she has been practicing for for years. Her older sister, basically disowned by her parents and living on her own in a "studio" so she can focus on her art, is killed. Rather than reschedule their vacation, Kiri's parents decide to go anyway, leaving Kiri alone at home for a big part of the summer, where she is to be practicing piano while internally dealing with her sister's death.

    Along with the piano and her sister, Kiri is also involved in a Battle of the Bands with a boy she has been in love with for a long time, and also receives a mysterious phone call from someone claiming to have her sister's stuff. The combination of all of these things force Kiri to find out the truth about many things she was unaware of before while discovering what is important to her.

    Hilary T. Smith has a writing style that is engaging and flowing. The bits of mystery that are mixed in to the plot will keep you reading, and each of the characters are well defined.

    An excellent start to 2013, WILD AWAKE is a must read in 2013 for fans of contemporary, particularly those who love music in a plot.

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