In Medias Res

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Press: Bold Strokes Books; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-4
Author Name:Wallace, Yolanda


Sometimes you have to forget who you were to remember who you are.For Sydney Stanton, nothing could be closer to the truth. 
Suffering from amnesia, Sydney finds herself alone in the middle of O’Hare Airport with no idea how she got there, where she’s headed, or even who she is.
Her only clues to her identity are the ticket to Key West in her hand and the items in the backpack slung over her left shoulder.Halfway around the world, Dr.
Jennifer Rekowski, Sydney’s best friend and longtime confidante, holds the key to unlocking Sydney’s memory.
But Jennifer, nursing a broken heart and trapped in the middle of a civil war, remains agonizingly out of reach.


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Comment List (Total:6)

  •     I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. After reading some mediocre reviews I must say I wasn't expecting too much. I thought the plot was quite clever and I enjoyed the piecing together of the puzzle that was the main character's life. Worth a read!
  •     For her first published novel, Yolanda Wallace has penned a gem. The approach she used to introduce Sydney, Jennifer and Jack was unique and a refreshing change from the typical start of most novels. I had already assumed that the amnesia angle would drag the story along, but found myself surprisingly enjoying how Syd worked her way thru the memories to find herself and her true love. I will be on the lookout for future books from Ms. Wallace, and recommend you add this one to your collection.
  •     I liked the concept behind In Medias Res, but honestly, just could not enjoy the novel. The author starts the story out at an interesting part in the main character's life. Sydney has just 'come to' with no recollection of who she is. From there we are taken along as she tries to figure her life out. This is told in first person. As a result the secondary characters aren't fleshed out too well, so I had a hard time feeling anything for them. There is also a lot of time spent on Sydney befriending a woman who has nothing to do with the rest of the story. She disappears from the book as quickly as she had appeared. This made it feel like too much of the storyline was wasted going in some random direction before changing course.The main issue I had with this story is how much time the main character spends 'telling' the reader what has happened in her life through flashbacks (these are told in first person as well). I felt like I was being 'told' how the characters felt about each other, instead of letting the characters show us through actions. Because of this I didn't much care for any of the characters or believe their connection to each other.
  •     Sydney Stanton finds herself standing in the middle of O'Hare Airport. She can't remember who she is or how she got there. All the clues she has are in her backpack, along with a plane ticket to Key West. She gets on the plane to Key West and looks for ways to regain her lost memory.Sydney's best friend Jennifer Rekowski is half way round the world brokenhearted with no idea of what is happening to Sydney.What has happened in Sydney's life to cause her amnesia? What has happened in Jennifer's life to cause her broken heart? Would the cause of both ailments be connected?This is a wonderfully written story, full of surprises along the way. An excellent first book. I look forward to more books from Yolanda Wallace soon.
  •     Sydney Stanton realizes as she's running through the airport that she doesn't know where she's running to. When she stops running, she doesn't know who she is, where she's going, or where she's been. What she does know is that she has a ticket to Miami on flight due to depart now. On the plane, she begins the search for herself by going through the backpack she has with her. She quickly learns her name, her address in Chicago, her destination in Miami, and a few other bits of information. Over the next several days, she manages to recover more bits and pieces of her memory, including that she has a best friend, Jennifer, but not where she is.Slowly, Wallace begins unfolding Sydney's life. As Sydney's memories begin seeping back into her head, Wallace picks up the pacing of the book as well. That's not a good thing. The last chapters seemed rushed as if an approaching deadline was near. The first half or so of the book is all about Sydney. When Wallace begins introducing the other main character, the reader doesn't get a sense of who she is, other than a doctor and a best friend. The book needed another 100 pages to sustain the "will-she-or-won't-she get her memory back, to introduce Jennifer in depth, and to have Sydney's actions explained. There were editorial gaffes, as well, that take the reader out of the story, a misspelled word, a misused word, etc.This book will capture anyone's attention from the opening page and the race through the airport. Having grabbed the reader on page one, it is unfortunate that by the last few chapters, the author's grip on her readers slips and fails. That being said, this book is worth the price just to be able to read the first half of a fascinating premise that, while done elsewhere and to better effect, will still capture the reader as Sydney struggles to regain her memory.
  •     Starting with the middle, and rounding it out with a perfect ending. It kinda makes you wish you could forget who you are perceived to be... so you can become who you are.

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