Sunday, January 23, 2011
I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena
De La Peña, Matt, I Will Save You. Random House Children’s Books, 2010. Language: PG-13 (20 swears, no “f”s. , Violence: PG-13, Sexual Content: PG-13
Running away from his group home, therapy, and past, Kidd is spending the summer working for Mr. Red, an eccentric man who owns a campsite near the beach. While working there, he meets Olivia, a local, and starts dating her. She seems to be hiding something from him, however. When a man named Devon from Kidd’s past shows up on the scene, he starts breaking the law and trying to get Kidd to do so as well. A man with a death wish, Devon refused to leave until he teaches Kidd a few things about life and Olivia. When his interactions become dangerous and he threatens to kill Olivia, Kidd must find a way to defeat Devon, confront his past, and save Olivia. Will he succeed?
A confusing book to follow. The plot is splotchy and leaves questions unanswered. The characters are wishy-washy. The ending is unfulfilling and doesn’t quite fit the book. Readers who like books about mental problems, and unrequited love may enjoy reading this book, but would not recommend to most people. MS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.