Title: Chasing Yesterday #1 Awakening
Author: Robin Wasserman
Year published: 2007
Number of pages: 207
Recommended age: 10+
1. What is the story about? The book is an adventurous story about what happened to the girl who woke up on top of the rubble of an exploded building. She is lost, and worse, she doesn’t remember who she is or where she came from. The hospital called her Jane Doe, but she refused to be called that, so she called herself J.D. The hospital sent J.D. to Chester Center for Juvenile Services where she made a new best friend named Daniel. While at the Center, JD discovers that she can do things with her mind that are not normal. Then, her mother found her and took her home, and she had to start seeing Dr. Styron. The doctor was supposed to be helping her, but J.D. keeps having nightmares about the doctor who is not trying to help her but hurt her. Is he really a good person? J.D. and Daniel have many exploits to try to solve the mystery of whom she really is and why she has uncontrollable powers and visions. Will she find out who she really is and how to control powers and visions before she hurts herself or someone she loves?
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? The cover of the book relates to the story a lot. It is blue and with a picture of J.D. on it.
3. Who is/are the main character(s)? Can you relate to them? Do you like them? How are they like you or not? J.D. is a lot like me because I always think I don’t fit in.
4. Have you experienced anything in your life like what happens in this book? What happened? No, nothing has ever happened to me like what happened in the book; although, I was in the hospital once because I had to have my appendix removed.
5. What is your favorite part of the story? My favorite part of the story is when Daniel helps J.D. escape Dr. Styron.
6. What is your least favorite part of the story? My least favorite part of the story is when Dr. Styron shoots J.D. with a tranquilizer gun.
7. How did the story make you feel? The story made me feel excited to see what happened next. It left me hanging at the end. That’s why the author made it part of a series. So, when you are done with it, go check out the next book. Chasing Yesterday #2 Betrayal. It’s awesome!
8. What lessons did you learn from this story? The story taught me to never give up on a friend or on anything.
9. Do you think your friends would like this book? My friend, Ryanne, would definitely like the story.
Daughter Rating: ★★★★★
What It’s About? The novel takes place in a big city and involves a 13-year-old girl who wakes up after a huge explosion that almost kills her. At the hospital, she is listed as Jane Doe because she has amnesia. The doctor and nurses call her Jane for short, but she names herself J.D. After being released she is transported to a nearby juvenile facility where she meets Daniel and is bullied by the other teens housed with her. When she gets backed into a corner by one of the teens who attacks her with a knife, J.D. discovers her terrible powers. She injures the other girl, throwing her across the room with her mind. Before she can understand her powers, her mother finds her and takes her home telling her that her real name is Alexa. She begins seeing Dr. Styron who is supposed to be helping her recover her memories or is he? When her mother and the doctor talk about putting her in an institution, J.D. seeks Daniel’s help. They discover something together that causes them to flee. On the run and scared, J.D. needs to be able to control her power before she either hurts or kills someone.
My Thoughts: My only criticism is that the adults seemed a little too predictable in parts of the story. At points, some of the adults did not act even when children were in danger. I don’t think that would happen in real life. The story, however, moved very quickly and had a great pace. I admired J.D.’s courage and willingness to find love for someone she hardly knew.
My Bottom Line: Despite a few flaws, the story is fast paced and suspenseful. The tension and adventure will keep even reluctant readers’ attention. I would recommend this book for ages 10 to 14. Adults might not enjoy it as much as their tweens or teens, but it you have reluctant reader it may be a great book for them because it is short and a quick read. The book is part of series so it does end in a cliff hanger.
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