Image of The Girl in a Coma


Image of The Girl in a Coma

The Girl in a Coma is a YA mystery broken down into three sections that jump back and forth from the past to the present. Each section contains a present storyline with the protagonist and a different section from the past, which could make it confusing for younger readers trying to keep up with all the details. Moss has crafted an intriguing premise and the historical aspects are well researched. However, there just isn’t enough time to fully develop some of the stories, particularly in part three. In addition, some readers might feel a disconnection with the quirkier moments of the story as we wait to see how everything ties together. There are essentially too many mysteries to unravel.

Doctors have informed her family that 15-year-old Allison Briscoe is in a coma after having been shot in the head. What they don’t know is that Allison is able to think, hear and dream. When Allison does dream, she travels back in time to the Revolutionary War. There, in her dream state, she’s able to see the experiences of her ancestors. Being in the past also means that she doesn’t have to worry about the fact that someone in her present wants her dead.
(THE POISONED PENCIL, Aug., 312 pp., $10.95, ISBN: 1929345240, PB, 14 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch