by Jenny Elliott
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads (January 6, 2015)
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Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.Right away we were introduced to the main character, Cara, as well as her love interest, David, who is new to her town. Within ten pages, these two had already developed a deep connection. And even though these two did develop this connection quite fast, it surprisingly fit. But Cara and David had to face many obstacles throughout the course of their relationship; some involving their parents and school, and a girl from Cara’s past that just won’t seem to forgive her from supposedly stealing her boyfriend from her a few years ago. And it seems like she’ll stop at nothing to get her revenge. When she shows up at Cara’s school unexpectedly, several questions are raised. What is she doing here? Why won’t she simply let it go and move on? And why does she think taking David from Cara is a good solution to something that happened years ago?
But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….
Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?
Soon after, Cara’s best friend, Rachel begins to act strange. Suspicions about her new boyfriend, Ethan arise and a new conflict is introduced to the story. When another boy arrives in town, claiming to know all about what is happening to Rachel and how to help her, Cara begins to grow worried. She knows that something is up; that something strange is going on in town. Enlisting the help of this new friend, the two set out to find the origin of the conflict, and how they can help stop what’s happening.
Save Me is a story involving relationships and the lengths we will go to help our friends and loved ones during difficult situations; fusing a paranormal element (and some whales) into the storyline as well. Overall, I did enjoy reading this one. There were some moments that didn’t make complete sense, but as a whole, I would definitely consider checking this one out.