Bobby Tremain’s life used to seem charmed, but since his dad’s crippling accident, he has an avalanche of problems. He’s the first in his family to have a shot at college, also the first to head north of Louisiana. An early snow calls his Bear to hibernate a week before finals, but he needs to pass or he flunks out of Providence Paranormal College.
Lynn Frampton’s loneliness is almost more than she can take. She went to college on the other side of the country to get away from the persistent curse of unpopularity in a small town. Once at college, Lynn’s prickly personality has pushed everyone away yet again. At least, she’s at the top of her class.
Bobby needs Lynn’s help to stay awake and pass his exam, and she discovers she needs companionship more than she’d ever imagined. Lynn’s all set to transfer to a school back home, but Bobby thinks she’s his mate. Can he keep awake long enough to pass, and more importantly, convince his love to stay?
An early snowfall has caused Bobby Tremain’s bear side want to hibernate. The problem? It is the week before finals at Providence Paranormal College. Being the first in his shapeshifting family to attend college, he wants to make his parents proud. Now if only he could stay awake.
Lynn Frampton is brilliant and knows what it takes to excel at school. Unfortunately, her sarcastic sense of humor and inability to hold back caustic remarks seems to keep her from making any friends at all.
Lynn is assigned to help Bobby pass Ecology by Professor Watkins. Seeing him as only a way to gain extra credit, she does her best. In the process, she actually makes friends and Bobby believes he’s found his mate. But he has to stay awake to find out.
Barely Awake weighs in as a novella, however, D.R. Perry makes sure her characters grab you for the duration of the story. Keeping the focus tight on Lynn and Bobby, you don’t end up lost by an influx of characters.
The viewpoint is all first person, but goes back and forth between Bobby and Lynn. Each change is clearly marked and, because their viewpoints and behavior are so different, it’s easy to keep track of who is speaking.
There are a few scenes in this book that keep it out of the realm of children. It’s not overly explicit, but it is obvious what’s going on.
My biggest complaint about this book is it’s too short! That’s usually my reaction to novellas I am enjoying reading. I wanted to know more about some of the other characters we were introduced to and a wee bit more depth in one area (it’s near the end, so that’s all you get). However, this is a series, so we’ll see them all again. I can’t wait to see who D.R. Perry takes us to meet next. What I do know is I will be right there waiting for the next book to release.