Blink Once by Cylin Busby
Publish Date: September 4th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: YA Contemporary
West is a high school senior who has everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed. Strapped down in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, West is terrified and alone. Until he meets Olivia.
She’s the girl next door-sort of. A patient in the room next to his, only Olivia can tell what West is thinking, and only Olivia seems to know that the terrible dreams he’s been having are not just a result of his medication. Yet as West comes to rely on Olivia-to love her, even-certain questions pull at him: Why has Olivia been in the hospital for so long? And what does it mean that she is at the center of his nightmares?
But the biggest question of all comes when West begins to recover and learns that the mysterious girl he’s fallen in love with has a secret he could never have seen coming.
4/5 Goodreads Stars
Awesome book! Saw it at the library and after reading the synopsis I knew I had to read it 🙂
Blink Once is a very emotional read.
West has been paralysed from the chest down in a bike accident. In the room next to his, a girl called Olivia is in hospital for an infection from her IV. She would visit West and talk to him. They came up with a system, blink once for Yes, twice for No. They would have conversations like this and they became friends.
During the book, West starts to regain some movement. He can write on a whiteboard, he can push his legs out slightly, ect, ect. But his parents are adamant that he has surgery. I think the statistic was 90% success. I might be wrong but the idea was that Olivia doesn’t want west to go. She’s worried and doesn’t want to be left alone.
But he can’t do anything to stop his parents. So he has the surgery instead of letting his movement return gradually.
The ending was shocking. I wasn’t expecting that AT ALL! I knew that something was coming but I wasn’t sure what. It was a twist that I didn’t even consider.
I read Blink Once in a day. I thought it was brilliant! I would defiantly recommend this to my Mum, and everyone else who doesn’t mind some tears whilst reading!
It makes you think about not being able to move, how would you cope with no feeling in your legs or arms? Busby’s writing sucked me in made it impossible for me to turn away from this book!