In this chilling and gripping novel, the main character’s mother is a severe alcoholic who is constantly drunk or passed out, leaving Janie to her own devices. Entirely to her own credit, Janie is extremely academically driven and responsible. There is drug use in this story, which also contains graphic child abuse. Specifically, a dream sequence describes one of the characters being set on fire by his father. Numerous nightmares are vividly depicted that are both disturbing and frightening. References to teen sex are pervasive as well. That said, Wake is a quick, engrossing read that is probably best for older teens.