Waves Paperback – 5 May 2008
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Ever since that day, nothing seems right, or even okay anymore. Mum and Dad have been fighting, Mum's unpredictable and distant, Hal is confused and angry, and even Sara asks questions that no one can answer and says things no one can understand.
The one thing Hal knows for sure is that his sister is not in the body that lies in that hospital bed. He can't stand to go there. He can't stand to see his vibrant, lively sister colorless and wasted. He can't stand to hear people talk to her like she's a sick child, like the world is still normal. Vacation seems like an escape to Hal.
At the beach house, Hal finds he's more trapped than ever. Charley is everywhere: in pictures, in memories, in the secret places they used to explore, in the memories of the new friends he's making, even in his head. Hal is starting to think that there's more to the story than any of them realize. The closer he gets to it, the more he can feel and hear his sister. Maybe he can find the answers that they both need. But, time is running short, and things are starting to seem dangerous. Every answer brings more questions, and Hal doesn't know if he's prepared to do what needs to be done. He only knows that he has to find a way, for Charley, for his family, for himself.Read more ›
The story is told by two narrators - Hal, a fifteen year old boy whose older sister Charley was hurt in an accident last summer. Hal is angry at Charley, at his parents and at himself - he is desperate to know what happened before Charley's accident and if anyone else was there at the time. The other narrator is Charley who is laying comatose in a hospital. Charley seems to be floating in an 'in-between' world and somehow manages to communicate with Hal.
The story pieces together so well - the desciptions of young love and angst are beautifully written. For anyone who enjoys mystery, supernatural and imaginative writing.
Unfortunately, I found this novel and its characters so unengaging that I only managed to get to page 119 before I gave up. As a result I never discovered what happened to Charley, but the sad fact is I don't care. The way in which she is portrayed, made her very unappealing to me and her brother just comes across as a wet fop with unemotional parents and an annoying five year old sister. I have no doubt that having a child and sibling lying in hospital in a coma would have a profound affect on a family, but this family unit seem to have had every emotion removed, leaving only moping, miserable husks of people behind. Perhaps that was Dogar's point - to show it's dramatic impact - but it just left me feeling cold and unattached.
Part coming of age novel, part supernatural detective story, 'Waves' is very well written, with the voices of the two main characters being very distinct and convincing. Labels at the start of each section stop the point of view switches (all first person, jumping between two characters and two time periods) from becoming confusing. Whilst you form ideas about the ending, the book does actually keep you guessing till the end and keeps a few surprises in store. However, readers who are good at picking up on clues will be able to make a reasonable guess as to what happened. Despite that, the novel is very atmospheric and full of wonderful descriptions that keep the writing alive. The pace is also good.
So, why have I only given it four stars? There's a subplot that seems to get lost part way through the story, which was a bit frustrating. Also, one of the events in the ending seemed a little bit gratuitous.
Even so, it's a book that's well worth reading. In my local bookstore this book is categorised as being teenage fiction, but it is quite meaty and long. There's some swearing (not too much) and quite a few allusions to sex (though never in bad taste or gratuitous).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was about a girl called Charley who is in a coma and her family's life while she is in hospital and her brother Hal starts to hear her voice in his head. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by KirstyJ
Love this book so gripping, I read it in a day when I was ill cause it was so gripping! SOO GOOD MUST READ!Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Polyv