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ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY by Lara  Avery

ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY

By Lara Avery

Age Range: 12 - 16

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4231-6386-2
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

After 17-year-old Bryce strikes her head on a diving platform during a competition, she awakens from a coma five years later to a vastly changed world.

Her parents' marriage is failing, her sweet younger sister Sydney has turned into a hard-drinking goth, her boyfriend Greg is engaged to her best friend, and a cute medical student from the hospital, Carter, has seemingly fallen in love with her. It's a lot to miss out on. Bryce recovers quickly, but now she's subject to brief, painful flashes of foresight: She's able to see tragic events before they occur, a paranormal twist that, arising infrequently, hardly seems to matter to the plot and feels like an afterthought. Melodrama abounds as shadowy stock extras—everyone but Bryce—encounter predictable steamy situations. Fortunately, third-person narration provides much-needed depth to Bryce's character in this uneven debut. Readers in the know will remark that competitive divers do not wear goggles, as Bryce appears to do. A silly medical twist offers a look ahead to a gloomy future for the protagonist, and a strange literary contrivance featuring cicadas comes up from time to time but adds nothing but a bit of oddness.

Still, readers who enjoy a dampened-Kleenex conclusion will probably beg for more. (Fiction. 12-16)