#BookReview: Wake-Up Call by Amy Avanzino

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

wake-up callSummary:

Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover…and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins.

As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here…and how she can stay?


If you are prepping your fall reading list, make sure you write this one down! I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put this down. I also loved talking to everybody about the concept – if you woke up five years later, would you be happy about where you are? Who you are? Who you married, the children you have, the career you have, the house you have? Absolutely brilliant and I loved how the entire book played out. Sarah wasn’t always likeable, but that made her even more relatable. From the first page to the last, I was all about this book. A must for your reading list!

 5 stars

amy avanzinoAuthor Bio:

Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley
and a Master’s from the University of Washington. She is a
former advertising executive, who has spent the last several
years writing, while doing extensive hands-on research for
her Wake-Up Call series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap
Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New
York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently
lives in Folsom, California, with her husband and four
children. Connect with her at www.amyavanzino.com.

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