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More books on my current reading list. I’m steadily paring down my library haul.
Quick review for a quick read. Ye Gods, I actually adored this book. I think one of the things that stayed with me through the read and moving out of it was the relationship between Agnes and Bo – that sold me through the narrative. It’s hard not to find yourself drawn to their individual stories and circumstances knowing how different they are and how they end up clicking even with those differences in tow. I think Keplinger did a fine job of showcasing their situations and the hardships and emotions they deal with through the novel.
Quick review for a quick read. “Saving Red” was written entirely in verse, something that one would find similar to authors like Ellen Hopkins who write YA fiction in verse that deals with tough subjects. However, Sonya Sones’s “Saving Red” is a much lighter toned novel than Hopkins’ works despite its multiple heavy subjects (drug usage by a parent, sexual taunts, topics dealing with PTSD and mental illness – bipolar disorder). I almost want to say that the lightly handed way that these subjects are dealt with in this novel make it seem like it’s for a younger audience, but the subject matters themselves are not.
Initial reaction: I feel like I’m of two minds with this book. One part of me really liked some of the emotional roughness and exploration of difficult situations this story offered, both for Maggie and Caleb’s experiences. At the same time, I feel like this book had a cumbersome way of showing these details, so much at times that my suspension of disbelief couldn’t overlook points of dramatic convenience for the sequence of events. I know this story has a follow up but did it have to end with so many parts in the air and too quickly resolved?
I know this review is going to sound like a (albeit, brief) rant, but for all intents, I actually did like a significant part of this book and I found myself eagerly continuing it without wanting to put it down. I just didn’t think that Elkeles’s writing was that strong or consistent through the work, the latter part of the novel really showcasing how rushed and underdeveloped all of the respective matters in this book actually were. The progression felt awesome and the characters emotionally connected in moments, but then it felt rushed to heck and back and underdeveloped in others.