Don't Wake Me Up

Young Adult - Paranormal
185 Pages
Reviewed on 02/21/2018
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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite

Don’t Wake Me Up by M.E. Rhines is a paranormal young adult novel about a young woman who manages to find the strength to move on. Colleen is a talented astral projector who had been in an abusive relationship with her quarterback boyfriend, Jimmy. After helping her high school teacher find peace, as well as comfort her daughter, she meets a ghost, a boy her age by the name of Daemon. Initially intrigued, she slowly begins to fall in love with him, until finally she realizes she can’t let go of him, no matter how painful it is. In this extraordinary novel, Rhines describes the pain of falling in love, and the sorrow of growing up within the confines of domestic abuse.

I loved reading about Colleen in the story. Despite everything that’s happened, she still chooses to help the people stuck in the afterlife, and while she herself is hurting, she doesn’t want to be put down by what happened between her and Jimmy. Yes, I was annoyed by her stubbornness, but eventually she managed to let him go. In fact, it’d gotten to the point where she even cut out poisonous friends from her life, knowing full well that they weren’t good for her. Even so, throughout the story, I kept finding the concept of love acting like a drug. From Colleen’s abusive relationship with Jimmy, to her constant need to help Daemon, I couldn’t help but feel that she’s drowning in a substance that she believes will make her feel better. Little does she know, however, that she’s only using it to stave off the pain, in a sense to numb herself from whatever is going on. Her entire situation reminds me of one of my favorite songs, “Lithium” by Evanescence. She can’t let either one go fully, and it isn’t until she realizes how badly addicted she is to them that she knows she has to let them go. It was painful to read, but it was essential nonetheless.