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You'll find yourselves breathless, shaken, moved Author: Megan Abbott
Kelly Braffet is the real deal. Save Yourself is an electrifying thriller with honest-to-God people at its core Author: Dennis Lehane
Astonishing. Save Yourself goes deep into the hidden and shameful parts of grief, love, and anger, and the reader emerges shaken and grateful on the far end...Braffet is a writer in full command of her many, many talents Author: Emma Straub
The sweet spot where literary quality mingles freely with crackerjack storytelling... Braffet expertly captures the suffocating confines of small-town life and the desperation of its outliers, with prose that simmers and thrums Source: Salon.com
Braffet uses graceful prose, astute dialogue and vivid characters to carry the plot to an unexpected and believable finaleSource: Publishers Weekly
Perceptive, nervy, with broad cross-genre appealSource: Booklist
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I'm sat here wondering about Laylas parents, do they feel differently, do they think there was more that they could have done, why didn't they take more notice. I'm not sure that's what I was supposed to be taking away and I'm also thinking about Patrick, I don't know what I would have done in his situation, his dad, Caro, the choices he made and how it ended for him.
I really enjoyed this book, I'm not sure "enjoyed" is the right word actually, it's left me with a lot of thoughts in my head, lots of questions I'm asking myself, the main one being how far would I go to save someone? It's stuck in my brain now and left a lasting impression, thank you Kelly Braffet
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What I liked:
1. I liked how Braffet gave each of the characters a voice. Each chapter centered around the character of the moment so readers were really able to get to know them and see WHY things happened the way they did.
2. I liked the writing style. Braffet knows how to keep readers engaged in the story even when we want to hate what is happening.
3. I liked how Braffet was able to bring all the characters together for a climax that literally has us hanging on the edge of our seats. Readers essentially have no clue what is going to happen next and this alone gives the story an extra star for me.
4. I like how “real life” the story could be. You never know what is going on in other people’s lives or heads so prior to passing judgments you should think before you act towards someone else. This seems like a pretty good lesson from the book even though it’s not necessarily shown.
What I Didn't Like:
1. I really had a hard time getting into the story. I feel like Braffet spend a little too much time in each chapter describing the character’s lives. To me, it was just really slow and I didn’t really look forward to finishing the book.
2. I don’t like how the story only started to get interesting in the last 30 pages. Yes, it took 280 pages to get me to like the book. Maybe it’s just me but I just got really bored with the story after the first 100 pages until the end when the real climax happened.
3. The book was real, but some of the characters were too extreme for me. When someone picks up a book they want to actually like the characters. For this one, it was too hard to like any of them. Most of them were very weak.
4. There really wasn’t a happy ending. I suppose some would say that there was a little hope at the end but for me, it didn’t cut it.
In any event, I give the book about 3 starts. It was NOTHING like Gillian Flynn’s books either as some have said. Yes, Flynn’s books are dark, but the characters are much more interesting than the ones in this book.
Overall rating: 3.2
Thrill Rating: 3.6
I still had to read some distance into the book before the theme hit me (probably because she's so subtle in her presentation, or I'm just dense). It's about 'choices,' choices and the complex psychology behind them all. Why does one wait for hours to call the cops on a relative, knowing they've done something horrible? Why does one cheat on a spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend? Why does brother turn on brother? How do parents--hoping to save a child--destroy her in the process? Why do kids bully other kids? Why do some people chose to be dominated, or jump from one pan into another? Why does everyone think they know what 'they' would do in another person's shoes?
Braffet's dark novel explores all of these questions, and many more. She has an uncanny talent for drawing you into the psyche of her characters, and you get to hear them all, their psychoses will ring in your skull, and probably bring up some of your own. So beware, you might find yourself in the pages of her book, or someone you know. If so, you better Save Yourself, because there's no one coming to do it for ya.
Plus, there are some hot scenes, with goth girls, and lobster waitresses. And who doesn't love those!?
I gave it 5 stars here on Amazon, because you can't give it 4.5. I'm not sure I 'love' it, but 'like' is too weak. There should be a 'lust' star....4.5. I lust it, which is more fitting for this book anyway. Read it. You'll lust it too, or maybe you'll fall in love.
I don't know what I was waiting for. To find I liked one of the characters? Or hated another?
I picked it up because I thought it was some sort of crime novel and then it turned out to be about people - not my usual bag at all.
But I kept reading. It kept me up a few nights, just waiting for the shoe to drop.
And I realized I did like some of the characters. They were all broken in some way and I kind of warmed to them.
And when the shoe dropped I was pleased. And very happy I'd read it.
Not sure I'd like that same experience the next time I pick up a monster story but I definitely dug it this time around.
a lot. It is written from three different people's perspectives and as the story nears the end all of the characters become entwined. The story was darker and more depressing at times than I thought it would be, but the characters were well thought out and were all likable despite their many individual flaws and wrong choices they made. I normally don't read books that are kind of dark like this one was, but I would probably read another book by this author as I really enjoyed the book as a whole.