Wakefield - Erin Callahan & Troy H Gardner

5 Stars!!!!!

Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction. Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices emanating from their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff is on to him. At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange, recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?

Erin Callahan lives with her husband in the bustling metropolis of Hooksett, New Hampshire, and works for the federal government. She enjoys reading and writing young adult fiction, playing recreational volleyball, and mining the depths of pop culture for new and interesting ideas. A year after graduating from law school, she found herself unemployed and took a job at a residential facility similar to the one featured in Wakefield. Though she worked there for just over a year, the strange and amazing kids she met will forever serve as a well of inspiration.

Troy H. Gardner grew up in Sunapee, NH, and graduated with a B.A. in English/Communications with a dual concentration in film and writing from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He spent ten years working in the banking industry dreaming up numerous stories to write. When not writing, Troy keeps mental notes on the various stories he wants to tell.

Wow! This book definitely deserves a wow. This is the kind of book that people could either love or hate, as the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads reflect (it got very mixed reviews). But I - loved it! I don't know why, but I have always loved books that take place at - prisons, institutions, or boarding schools.

This book was crazy. You start out with a couple of teens entering the institution. The chapters take turns between several people but does focus mainly on two - Astrid and Max. I love when books do this, it really lets you get to know each of the characters better. I loved Astrid! I loved everything about her. Max, I wasn't too sure of, he was OK I just didn't love him at first. He did grow on me later though.
The character development was excellent all through the book. Even though focus on the characters kept changing they all stayed true to their individual personalities.

So - the book starts out in this "teen crazy home", it all seems kind of "normal" for a while. Then stuff starts to happen. And while I will not ruin the story for you, lets just say the paranormal $hit hits the fan!

This is a fun, crazy, and almost heartwarming (the way they make friends and support each other) story. When I read a book that makes me think "Wow, I can't wait to read the next book!" that's when I know it was good!

Thank you "Reading Addiction Blog Tours" for sending me this e-book to read and review!

Get your copy -
Amazon - HERE
MuseItUp Publishing - HERE


  1. Thanks so much for the great review!

    1. Aww well thank YOU!
      and thank for visiting my blog!
      I do hope I get to review the second book!

  2. If you're interested, a review of the second book would be great! Just let me know your preferred ebook format and I'll send it along.

    1. OH! Great! Yes I would love that.
      I can accept any e-book format.

      forevereading at gmail dot com