Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery
Posted by Krystal Larson at 12:17 AM Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bryce remembers it like it was yesterday. The scent of chlorine. The blinding crack and flash of pain. Blood in the water.
When she wakes up in the hospital, all Bryce can think of is her disastrous Olympic diving trial. But everything is different now. Bryce still feels seventeen, so how can her little sister be seventeen, too? Life went on without her while Bryce lay in a coma for five years. Her best friend and boyfriend have just graduated from college. Her parents barely speak. And everything she once dreamed of doing—winning a gold medal, traveling the world, falling in love—seems beyond her reach.
But Bryce has changed too, in seemingly impossible ways. She knows things she shouldn’t. Things that happened while she was asleep. Things that haven’t even happened yet. During one luminous summer, as she comes to understand that her dreams have changed forever, Bryce learns to see life for what it truly is: extraordinary.
Bryce was once an amazing swimmer, but she wakes up from a coma years after a dive gone wrong. She can only think that she could have been an Olympian instead of recovering in a hospital. Years of her life were lost due to her accident, Bryce and the reader navigate adjusting to a new life where her friends are not as she remembered and her family has changed.
Bryce's boyfriend is now dating her best friend...and they are planning a wedding and want Bryce to be part of the wedding part. The pair's relationship might not be quite as solid as Bryce's best friend had assumed, because Bryce's former boyfriend is acting odd. Bryce's younger sister is now older and has changed in both appearance and philosophy. Carter, a young medical student, has caught Bryce's eye, but is she ready for love? For the most part, Bryce remains very calm and collected. She must learn what happened while she was gone while looking forward to a hopeful future, but is the future in reach, or is there yet another surprise for Bryce?
Bryce is a very easy-going character. She works hard and want to maintain the peace. During the novel, she catches up to speed more than anything else. She does explore the possibility of a relationship with Carter, the type of guy that will have the reader swooning. Greg, Bryce's former boyfriend, leaves her confused more than anything. He sends out mixed signals throughout the book while Gabby, Bryce's best friend, remains unaware. The plot itself was unique. There is a little bit of magic mixed in with a heavy dose of realism. The reader will grow very attached to Bryce and likely want the best for her. Romance, mystery, fantasy, and realism mix together to form a young adult/teen novel that will stick with the reader long after setting the book down.
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