This is a part of the Blog Tour for Reflection by Jessica Roberts.
Author: Jessica Roberts
Release Date: 02/17/12
Format: e-book, 289 pages
Source: a copy was provided by author
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Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.
But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.
Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.
And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?
Reading Reflection was an interesting experience for me. Before reading the book, I kind of assumed that I’d be reading about the life of Heather before and after the coma. While there is a little bit about what Heather encounters after she wakes up, the majority of the book focuses on her flashbacks, with Heather sharing what she believes she remembers as she recalls her life before the accident.
Due to her comatose condition, Heather’s memories may or may not have been tainted by her own creative imagination. As I read the story, I found myself questioning many things that she shared as I felt doubtful if she was in fact recalling the exact truth. For instance, I questioned if there was indeed a romance going on between Heather and Nick, or was it her active imagination that made her believe that Nick was unmistakably in love with her?
Because of my eagerness to find out what might have really happened, I noticed I was flipping through the pages of the book at a pace that was much faster than my usual reading speed. While I still have questions that are unanswered at the end, I must say I had a fantastic time reading the book.
I appreciate the way how this story is being told. As this is my first attempt reading a novel that talks about a patient waking up from a coma, I find many details unusual but interesting. For example, while Heather was in her coma, her sense of smell might have picked up a particular scent from the hospital room and her sensory system might then process and include that scent as part of the experience that she might be reliving in her mind. So, when Heather woke up and recalled her memories, she could be including things about the scent that might actually be a false representation of what she had physically experienced in her real life before the accident. Inclusion of details like this helps me feel for Heather’s vulnerability and gives me a better idea about the nature of her emotional state.
Personally, I find Heather a believable character although I must say I don’t fully like her personality. I guess you could say I find her conflicting thoughts self-deprecating and a little depressing. On one hand, I appreciate how realistic the story is, in terms of showing us the many awkward moments that Heather encounters when she faces her own dilemma, but on the other hand, I feel frustrated, if not annoyed, by how unwilling and reluctant Heather sometimes behaves, leading to her perpetual stress and internal chaos.
Apart from my slight dislike of her personality, I think overall Reflection is a beautiful coming-of-age novel. This story is bittersweet, heart wrenching and well-written. Due to Heather’s condition, I found myself going through an emotional roller-coaster ride while experiencing her joy and depression, angst and awe. Since I’m hoping to uncover answers to the questions that I still have, I’ll be eagerly “waiting on” its sequel. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait too long now. 😉
About the Author
Jessica Roberts grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.
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