THIS IS A MOVING AND EMOTIONAL STORY OF A FAMILY, THAT CAME TOGETHER AFTER SO MANY HURDLES, A BOY SO TRAGICALLY ABUSED, AND A MAN'S LOVE FOR A WAY TO HELP HIM OVERCOME HIS FEAR. GREAT BOOK BY CATHERINE RYAN HYDE.
When an old feeling reawakens in Aiden he can no longer do his job the way he used to. He was a successful cattle farmer, but experiencing the pain of animals makes it impossible for him to continue. The wake up also has another effect. Aiden used to suppress his feelings, not letting anyone in and blocking every possible emotion. This helped him to get by for many years, but now he has to find a different way to cope. His change costs him his relationship and makes him find new love. His girlfriend Gwen is a single mother with two children. Her daughter Elizabeth is easy to get along with, but her son Milo is struggling with traumas of the past.
Milo is acting out. He's hurting inside and inflicts pain on others as a result. His abusive father tried to destroy Milo. Gwen eventually left him, but not before he was able to cause maximal damage. Aiden can feel Milo's turbulent emotions, but when Milo tries to hurt animals he's also being crippled by their pain. Will Aiden be able to control his instinctive reactions and find it in his heart to forgive Milo for his actions because of the reason behind them? Is there a possibility that Milo will improve if Aiden gives him a chance?
The Wake Up is a fantastic original story. Aiden has two different emotional states, he either feels too much or he doesn't feel anything at all. They are both difficult to deal with, but by learning to handle his empathic side he has a lot more to gain. It's the hard way, but also the most rewarding one, which is something I really loved about his story. What also greatly impressed me was Aiden's relationship with Milo. Milo is difficult and often lands himself in dangerous situations because he takes too many risks. Aiden is initially angry with him, but he also looks deep inside himself and finds similarities between the two of them. By focusing on this he might be able to help. The development of their relationship kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved how Catherine Ryan Hyde describes this impressive process. She does this with so much understanding, sympathy and heart that no words can express how amazing the effect is.
Catherine Ryan Hyde has a beautiful open writing style. Her stories always contain a form of wisdom that's easy to understand and that greatly impresses me. I love her outlook on life and the messages she gives her readers through her stories. The Wake Up is a very special book. I loved that Aiden slowly becomes part of a family, how his past and present have many similarities and the way he slowly gets to know himself through working hard on his issues. There are so many gorgeous emotional layers and Catherine Ryan Hyde thoroughly explores all of them. She combines this with a stunning hint of magic and the result is a thought-provoking story filled with love, flaws and beauty. The Wake Up moved me to tears many times. I highly recommend this brilliant spellbinding book.
He wished he had a better bead on the greater worries, but they eluded him. Just shadows. Ghosts. Unknowable and indistinct. And yet so very . . . there.
He felt utterly unequipped to go home. Forcing himself back into a world that had put him in some role of authority felt akin to turning a puppy loose on a busy highway.
Aiden watched her go. As he did, it formed in his head, wordlessly, that she was a gift being given to him. Something rich and good coming into his life to make up for Milo and the rest of this mess. To give him back a little of the peace that was being stripped down and hauled away.
It’s a turning-point moment in people’s lives, when you look yourself in the face like that and realize that who you are, and who you become, and what you do seem to rely on a combination of factors that are partly out of your control.
She had been slimmer and better dressed before Grandpa died last year, but some thread within her had been working its way loose since then.
It’s like he drew all the curtains and I can’t see in. I know he must be in there somewhere, but I feel like I haven’t even seen him for two years… This little missing person.
I am intensely frustrated with my inability to articulate the supreme level of expertise, quality, and poignancy of this compellingly written story. I was immediately captivated by the superlative writing and remained riveted and enthralled with every smartly honed sentence. Written from a third-person POV and crossing several timelines in memory, the ingenious and emotive storyline was highly eventful and densely packed with heart-squeezing, throat-burning and eye-stinging observations and staggering insights. Her well-crafted storylines were powerfully detailed, thoughtfully plotted, slyly observant, and pulled sharp visuals that kept the characters moving smoothly behind my eyes. The story was brilliantly paced, well-constructed, and flawlessly executed. I was totally mesmerized and continued to ruminate over the characters and story long after putting my Kindle to rest and attempting sleep. I had also saved four pages of favorite quotes. Catherine Ryan Hyde has mad skills and a new fangirl. I. Am. In. Awe. Five-Stars is not enough, it deserves at least ten!