I received this ARC from the author for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Save a Life by Emma Scott
on February 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.
Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.
Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.
How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: some domestic violence (on the page) and mentions of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.
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Amazing and heartbreaking! How to Save a Life is Emma Scott’s best work yet! As I’m writing this review, I still have tears in my eyes. Throughout the entire story of Jo and Evan, my heart has either been aching for them, pounding in my chest, or both. I have fought so many emotions while reading their story. I have cried, laughed, loved, and wanted to do bodily harm to more than one character. LOL. I wanted to reach out and protect Jo and Evan from their pasts, present, and future.
So far this is my favorite book of 2016. No book has put me through the ringer and provoked as many emotions in me so early on. I loved the dual point of views and getting the story through both characters eyes. I cannot think of one bad thing to say about this book. It was perfect from start to finish. Although there are some paranormal type elements in the book and if paranormal is not your usual thing, I still think you will love this book. It adds a mysterious element to the book that is as miraculous as it is unexplainable.
Jo Clark was the new girl in Planerville, Iowa. Her third school this year and hopefully her last if her guardian doesn’t get transferred again before she graduates. Hiding behind a wall of hair and black clothes, Jo had not healed from her mother’s death and her uncle’s actions. She felt ruined and unworthy of ever being anything but the girl who had sex with boys she didn’t care about. What she wanted was to be in control of her life, after all, the horrific events of her past.
Evan Salinger was the freak, a loner, who three years ago had what seemed to be a breakdown in class that ended with him in a mental institution. Two brother’s from his adoptive family made his life a living hell at home and school. Evan only wanted to graduate and move away. Start over where no one knew him or his past. A place where there’d be no accusations or suspicion. He’d be free.
“Do you ever…” I heard her swallow hard. “Do you think about us? What we had?”
My chest ached at the longing in her voice. The fearful tentative reaching across the space between us.
“Every minute,” I said. “I think about us every minute of my life. All I do is think about us.”
I loved that Jo and Evan finally found someone that accepted them for who they were and their honesty with each other. I wanted that so badly for them, and their love for one another was beautiful, their saving grace. It was gut-wrenching as they were torn apart when their lives were finally looking up, and only made their way back to each other four years later. I thought my heart might beat out of my chest for a large portion of the book as Jo followed Evan so they’d finally be free and safe.
“I’ll always come back to you.”
There’s so much I want to say about this book, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. I want you to go in with an open mind to this incredible story. You’re in for a roller coaster of emotions and a story that will grip you from the beginning to the very end. This is a MUST READ by one of my favorite authors!!!
** I was provided an ARC by the author for a fair and honest review. **
Rating: 5 Stars