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Robin is having trouble coping. She climbed up a theme park ride in the middle of the night with her best friend and everything went wrong. Emily is still in a coma and Robin thinks that maybe, just maybe, if she could remember what happened that night things would be different. Maybe Emily would wake up. Maybe the kids at school would stop calling her "Short Bus." Maybe she could let life move on to whatever is coming next. But she can't--not until she figures out what happened that night...and along the way learns more about herself and her best friend than she could possibly imagine.
At the suggestion of her doctor, Robin begins writing notes to herself to help her remember things--from mundane daily tasks such as washing her hair to snippets of memories about her past and her personality. I found Robin a really interesting character to read about because she doesn't even really know who she is after the accident so the reader discovers her personality right alongside her. It also opens up the possibility of changing and growing where maybe before she never would have imagined it. It was intense watching her get picked on at school because of how much she was suffering--you just want to reach out and hit those other kids.
The side characters, such as Robin's mom and her friend, Reno, make a huge difference in this story and how Robin regains her memories. I liked how each of them played into her healing process and experiencing the memories that they sparked for her throughout. Reno is such a fabulous friend, willing to be there for her all the time even though they had, apparently, not been as close lately.
There were a few nit-picky things that bothered me just the slightest bit about this novel, one thing being a tad more use of slang than I generally like (i.e. the use of "totes"...which I say all the time but for some reason don't expect characters to say. Double standard, I know). However, overall, I enjoyed this read quite a bit. It reminded me a lot of If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott with the unique twist that the MC is dealing with a traumatic brain injury herself. It added an extra layer of intrigue that really drew me in. I think fans of emotional drama in contemporary YA will enjoy this novel and it's truly a steal for only $3.99!