Published by ORCA BOOK PUBL on April 1st 2015
Genres: Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, Family, Farm & Ranch Life, General, Health & Daily Living, Lifestyles, Young Adult
When Jessica wakes up from a coma, she has no memories of her life before the accident at her family's bison ranch. As she struggles to reconnect with her family and friends, she experiences all the signs of traumatic brain injury--confusion, sadness, fear and rage. Returning to school is a nightmare--especially when she overhears someone say he thinks she is faking her amnesia. When a new friend presents an alternative to staying in her old life, Jessica realizes that running away won't bring back her memories. All she can do is make new ones.
Imagine if something happened to you, an accident of any sort, and you awoke in the hospital bed from a coma with no memories of who you are or the people who call themselves your parents. How would you feel? How would you cope with not knowing so much as your favorite color? It’s a horrifying thought.
And this is exactly what Jessica has to live with after One Very Bad Day, April 26, when her family’s farm bison bull charges on her. She struggles with not knowing herself and the people around her, including her loving family and the friends that she can’t quite understand the way she used to. Jessica sees her reflection in the mirror as her old self, the real Jessica, and talks to her as if she can hear and understand her. It made for an interesting element that Jessica thought she was invading on another girl’s room and belongings, even while it was her own space.
I loved how well Blank was written. I could hardly put the book down because it was addicting and I just had to know what would happen. There were ups and downs, sadness and triumphs, mistakes and the willingness to do better. And also, I have to mention, there is a good lack of the romance angst that usually tries to rear its ugly head in most YA books that relate to memory loss and whatnot. There’s a small hint of a possible romance in the future for Jessica, but this book allows us to see the effects of brain damage without those type of distractions.
Overall, I would say Blank is highly recommendable. It’s actually refreshing and is one of the best realistic books that talk about a person with a life changing injury.