Wild Awake

Wild Awake

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
The discovery of a startling family secret leads seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd from a protected and naive life into a summer of mental illness, first love, and profound self-discovery.


In Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith's exhilarating and heart-wrenching YA debut novel, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents. She intends to devote herself to her music and win Battle of the Bands with her bandmate and best friend, Lukas. Perhaps then, in the excitement of victory, he will finally realize she's the girl of his dreams.

But a phone call from a stranger shatters Kiri's plans. He says he has her sister's stuff—her sister, Sukey, who died five years ago. This call throws Kiri into a spiral of chaos that opens old wounds and new mysteries.

Like If I Stay and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wild Awake explores loss, love, and what it means to be alive.

& Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd is home alone for six weeks while her parents are away on an anniversary cruise, and during this time, she intends to spend her time devoted to her music, but life has other plans in store as Kiri discovers love, loss, chaos and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak and intoxicating joy. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Moosaic, PA : Katherine Tegen Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780062184696
Branch Call Number: Fiction Smith TEEN
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 20 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

SchroederTribe Jul 12, 2015

Manic. Confused and as lost as the protagonist, I felt like I was watching in a worried way what was happening rather than being able to gain an understanding.

Jun 25, 2014

The concept was interesting and the setting ( Vancouver!) was fun to see developed. However I couldn't get over the dramatic tonal shift that happened half way through the novel that had no apparent pay off at the end.


Add Age Suitability

Jun 07, 2016

PenguinGal1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at PCPL

To Top