Reflection

Rated 4.37/5 based on 30 reviews
When bright, spunky Heather Robbins begins her freshman year of college, good things finally start to happen: a private apartment, refreshing college classes, and a whirlwind romance with a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards. But when her college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, will she lose everything she's fallen in love with? More

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About Jessica Roberts

JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.

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Review by: Jonel Boyko on Dec. 22, 2012 :
Roberts’ novel Reflection is one of the most unique stories that I have read in a long while. It is full of imaginative descriptions while remaining clear in all situations. All situations and medical terminology is explained throughout the novel, without detracting from the storyline or speaking down to the audience. Roberts’ writing has a way of making you smile, even during the sad moments.

Throughout the better part of the story you know that something is not right, but you do not know exactly what it is. This is coupled with a sense that one character’s reality may not necessarily be the same as the reality of the person standing next to them. As a reader you find yourself in a world full of illusions pulling you towards a discovery.

The main character is living with the heartache of a true love gone wrong while dealing with the reality of rebuilding her memories. While reading her story you feel that you are living her reality rather than listening to her tell a doctor about her memories. She knows that there is something wrong but keeps fighting, trying to piece everything together. By the end of this first edition in the series we leave the main character determined to rebuild her life and relationships when everyone else has moved in different directions with their lives.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: Melanie Donovan on Nov. 3, 2012 :
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the group, Basically Books on Goodreads.

I've spent a lot of time digesting this book and the concepts that it presents and I'm really happy I chose to read it. There is a sequel coming out shortly that I'm eager to get my hands on! To me, when I'm itching for a sequel, it means that I liked the book enough to read more. All in all, this is an easy, (PG) romantic read.

First, readers meet Heather. She is a recent high school graduate who is escaping her hometown to start college during the summer semester. After her mother's passing prior to high school, she only has her drunk stepfather at home. She really only spends time with her best friend, Creed and working at the local library. Creed is desperately trying to get her to stay at home at least a little bit longer but Heather is adamant that it is time for her to leave.

It takes a while for things to get really interesting but readers soon discover that Heather was in a near fatal accident and has been in a coma. There is a theory discussed that she was in a coma that caused her brain to process memories while her body recovered. She wakes from her coma and recounts her memories of her first semester of college but they are obviously off in some way. She meets several key characters right away, mainly Nick. She was confused by her own actions and thoughts, she couldn't remember everything, and she experienced bouts of deja vu. It was frustrating to read about Heather's experience without knowing if the character was really going through those memories or if that was her true personality. But that was the hook! Waiting for the absolute moments of truth at the end was what drove me forward in my reading experience.

I was heartbroken at the end of the story. I really felt for the girl! Again, I do feel like my knowledge of the character was slightly skewed because I didn't really get to know her BEFORE she re-lived her memories. She is still a likeable character who is kind of an odd duck though, I think she would be a cool person to get to know and hang out with.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Sara Gordon on Oct. 29, 2012 :
First, I need to thank the author for giving me this wonderful book for an honest review. I loved it, and I am hoping when I go check, that I will find the next book already out.

Heather has had a rough time during her teenage years since her mom died. So she decides what she needs is to go away to college and leave the small town behind, and also her best friend Creed. She is hoping to start a new life where no one knows her family history. Here is where she meets Nick, and slowly let's him into her life. But then she is in a tragic accident that almost kills her and puts her in a coma. Most of the story is told while she is in this coma, and having Reflections, or dreams of what really happened in her life. This is where I grew to love Nick.

Jessica Roberts is a very descriptive writer. Sometimes I was a little confused about what was going on, but in the end it all came together. And then it absolutely broke my heart and left me needing, no aching, for more. This is a very touching love story, and in the end made me want to cry! I was heart broken! Throughout the book I went through many emotions, especially while trying to figure out what was real or alterations from her dream state. I highly recommend this to everyone. I NEED the next book immediately.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
Review by: Jena Freeth on July 22, 2012 :
Words elude me. This story is so intense, so real, so affectingly beautiful and heartbreaking. Reflection is full of emotion and by the end, my heart was ready to burst.

We start off Heather, who wakes up after being in a coma for two years and seven months. Then, we get a retelling of her memories six months before the accident. Her start of college, and the amazing moments she has with Nick Richards. The memories of her growing into someone new and the beautiful memories of her falling in love. But, was everything she dreamed real or a lie? And now, two years later, will her life ever be able to be how she wanted it to be?

Once we start getting into Heather's memories, the book completely takes off and captures all of your attention. She was definitely different than most protagonists you read about. Ever since her mother's death, she's created a wall, sworn off getting to close to any one. She's also so curious and inexperienced that it was fun to watch her discover the world around her. By the end, I commend Heather for her strength. She's just come out of a coma, and her world is so altered, so unsure of anything she missed, so heart-breaking. I cannot wait to see how she continues her life in the sequel.

Nick.. Oh Nick. I loved watching him slowly crack open through Heather's memories. He's so brooding, so closed off in the beginning, and watching him taunt and smile and just be his sexy self made me grew to love him. Or maybe it was the fact that he wears sweat pants and a tee to a party, or that I want to play the torture game with him. Or that he draws and plays guitar. Regardless, Nick is so intense and I loved every moment of his and Heather's relationship.

Another thing I love is that this book is considered what we call "New Adult". It's a college setting and I absolutely adored it. It made so, so happy to see such an amazing book in this category! Plus the cover... is stunning!!

I was so silent reading the ending, I actually think I held breath while reading. Then, the preview for the sequel completely jumped on my heart and stomped it to a million pieces. Basically I was like "there goes all my hope..." but alas, that spark is still there and I am rooting for the happily ever after. Reflection was absolutely amazing and by the end emotionally draining. I absolutely am counting down the days until the sequel, Reaction, is released.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Review by: Amanda Pedulla on July 10, 2012 :
I thought Reflection was perfect, my emotions were everywhere and the chemistry between Heather and Nick OMG! In Jessica Roberts novel, Reflection the characters, writing and romance where out of this world beautiful! The setting is college which is unique because there is independence, and romance. This was different than any other novel I have read. It started off a little slow but then all the events of her being in a coma. It is written with Heather past as she remembers her past as well as where she is when she wakes up in the hospital. Jessica Roberts writing is addictive and beautiful that you will not be able to put this book down.

I loved all of the characters. After reading the novel you really bond with them all and I love how everything unfolded. You can really relate to Heather's personality because I was nervous, shy a little nerdy. Heather wanted to be somebody new when she came to a different school. Her relationship with Nick Richards was out of this world romantic and swoon worthy. Nick is one of those mysterious guys that you have to know and once they meet its like love at first sight but they remain friends before they enter a relationship. Nick is adorable, unique and I want one of him! I loved how the relationship wasn't a insta-love thing also because everything they did was adorable. All the secondary characters were hilarious. I could gush about this book all day because its amazing, emotional and full of twists and turns.

As the book goes on the relationship and the novel takes a turn as we learn how Heather got into a coma. But looking into Heather's memories of Nick were unforgettable moments because it made you laugh, and I loved how they started to fall in love by starting to be friends. Now the ending, the ending was mouth-dropping because it had me in tears, and now I get to wait for the sequel which comes out in the fall 2012 which seems like forever because that ending was OMG and I think I am addicted to this author now. I definitely recommend this book to ANYBODY because its amazing and Jessica Roberts is a great writer!!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Red Feather Writing on July 10, 2012 :
Really couldn't put this book down. I even stayed up late to finish reading it.

Totally loved the plot idea and how it all unraveled. It was fun to work out what parts of the dreams were real and results of the outside influences. The whole popcorn theme was funny too!

I went looking for the sequel as soon as I'd finished this book but it's not out yet so I'm going to have to wait. I will definitely be picking it up as soon as it's out.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
Review by: Janxcdlily on July 2, 2012 : (no rating)
Spoiler Alert:
Reflection is just that, a reflection of a life lived and a life that you once knew lost. Heather is a girl who can't wait for her college life to begin; enrolled in summer courses before her freshman year in the fall and determined to not to get emotionally involved with anyone. I have to explain that the book begins with the main character going off to college then suddenly finds herself waking up from a coma. The story is a little disjointed in the beginning and continues rambling until two-thirds into the book. The plot is interesting however I felt the execution although an admirable attempt to get us inside the main character's head as she slowly explains to the doctor who is "studying" her; about what she can remember was amiss. I applaud the effort and I have to say that towards the end I was actually starting to feel something for the characters.
(reviewed 59 days after purchase)
Review by: Filippa Lockwood on June 28, 2012 :
I was lucky enough to recieve a free copy of Reflection via the We
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on June 26, 2012 :
I received this book in exchange for a review after signing up for the ARR (authors requesting reviews) program through the We ♥ YA Books group.

From page one, this book was on fire!! Very quickly after I began reading, I felt a strong emotional tie to the main character, Heather. I cared about what was happening to her, empathized with her situation, and wanted a happy ending for her. In the beginning, Heather is leaving to go to college, and the action takes off from there.

Ms. Roberts told this story with natural and flowing dialogue, well fleshed out characters, excellent descriptions, and a captivating plot. I was completely immersed in trying to figure out the mystery and thought the story was written in an interesting and unique way--it alternated between Heather narrating and the author narrating for Heather. The more I read, the more I became drawn into the story.

This book really spoke to me about life, death, and the inbetween. I haven't been this moved by a story in thinking about life and death in quite a while. I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know and will be reading this again and again. I love books that explore the human psyche and musings of life and death and between the two.

I won't give away the ending at all but will say that with the way the book ends, Ms. Roberts has set up for the next book perfectly. I wanted more and don't know how I'm going to wait until the fall when the next book, Reaction, comes out!
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
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