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Salvation [Kindle Edition]

Anne Osterlund
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Salvador Resendez--Salva to his friends--seems to have it all. He's Student Body president, captain of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone thinks that he could have any girl, and go to any college, that he wants. But how could he ever leave his family? After the death of this mother, his father and younger sisters need him more than ever. Then the most unlikely girl in school--shy, quiet Beth--catches his eye, and with her help, Salva starts to see things differently. And when a tragic accident strikes, Salva is forced to accept that life is too short not to pursue your dreams.

Thoughtful and romantic, this is a beautifully written story about following your heart and fulfilling your potential.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-High school seniors Salvador Resendez and Beth Courant both struggle with family pressures and dream of leaving their small town where the only opportunity is to work in the local onion-processing plant. Salva's father demands perfection from his son to prove that leaving Mexico and creating a new life in America was worth it, and the popular teen is determined not to let his family down the way that his college-dropout older brother has. Shy and clumsy bookworm Beth copes with her mother's recovering alcoholism and wants to leave her trailer-park home behind to attend a good college on a full scholarship. Forced to work together for a school project, Beth and Salva soon experience a tender connection that has them flirting over Shakespeare in this modern Romeo and Juliet tale. Readers looking for a gentle story of first romance will enjoy this sweet offering.-Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Salva Resendez came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child. He works hard to achieve his dreams, or at least, to achieve the dream his parents want for him. Straight-A student, student body president, and football star, Salva has it all until he begins to notice talented writer Beth Courant. Beth helps Salva discover what his dreams really are, but they both learn that you can’t always get what you want unless you’re willing to give up something else. In this Romeo and Juliet–esque story, told in alternating chapters, Osterlund creates a painfully real tale about two teenagers going against an unrelenting world. Along with a solid story, this also delves into issues of culture and race. Many teens who face pressure from their family or society will instinctively relate to the story’s message: life isn’t always about popularity and grades, and sometimes even the people who love you don’t know what’s best. Grades 8-11. --Bethany Fort

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014241770X
  • Publisher: Puffin (January 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H7KGZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a little gem I didn't expect! January 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Beth and Salvador are a very unlikely couple. She's basically a wallflower, a bookish, smart and silent girl that has had a crush on Salva for four plus years. But behind her quiet demeanor is a fierce, passionate young woman with strong beliefs. I loved the effect she had on Salva, the way she was always making him be the best he can be and never settle for less than he deserved - and most importantly, she practiced what she preached. They weren't just empty words.

Salvador is the golden boy of Liberty High, but not in your typical sense. His character strays from the usual golden boy - he's of Latin descent, his parents poor Mexican immigrants, his ambitions less athletic and more academic. He's a natural leader, but he doesn't want to be. His father's pushing him to aim higher, do better was understandable considering his background, and it wasn't out of being strict and controlling - he really wanted the best for his children. There are a lot of flaws to Salva, always looking to please, keeping up appearances, never speaking his mind so as not to offend anyone - and while forgetting himself and his wishes in the process.

I loved their relationship and how there wasn't some major drama about it. At first I thought I knew where the story would go, that he would use her for passing AP English under false pretenses -> cue the drama, but he's just not that guy! I think it's very realistic, the way they just realized they liked each other and went for it. Oh, the Romeo and Juliet scene, I was grinning like a loon. It was awesome, I felt like I was there and the whole thing was playing out in front of me.

The little twist - I didn't expect it at all.
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Salva Resendez has it all - he's the quarterback of the football team and the student body president, and everyone loves him - but his Mexican immigrant family has very high expectations for his future. When he gets a failing grade on an AP English paper, he asks his classmate and the person with the highest grade in class, Beth Courant to help him figure out where he went wrong with his material. They begin meeting regularly, his grade improves, and they become friends. Beth has had a crush on Salva since middle school and she knows that he can reach further and go further than even he knows. As they become closer and their friendship evolves into something more, she pushes Salva to not settle and go for what he really wants for his future. But when a tragic accident happens one night and Salva sinks into his guilt, that future is at stake unless Beth can pull him back from the edge.

Salva and Beth started out as barely acknowledging each other. He's part of the popular crowd and Beth his known as the "walking disaster area." But when Salva becomes desperate for help in his AP English class, he asks for Beth's help. That's how it all started. They begin meeting regularly and they become closer - first as friends, then as more. I really liked how their relationship progressed. It happened in a really real way. They went from passing each other in the hallway to spending time studying together to finally acknowledging how they feel for each other. I also really liked how Beth supported and encouraged Salva to not settle, to reach for what he really wanted. They do have some obstacles to overcome, though. Particularly the people that Salva knows - his family and his friends. Beth isn't who they expected him to fall in love with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good September 24, 2014
By Jude
Format:Kindle Edition

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I thought it would be a lighthearted, find yourself, romantic story, similar to Simone Elkeles’ books (like her Perfect Chemistry series). And I was right, in a way, because I was also wrong.

This is a romance between Salva and Beth, both of whom need to find themselves a little more, both of whom needed each other and are very good for each other. I liked both of these characters, and believed them. They’re both in bad spots, they’re both good people. They got along really well, and helped each other along really well, which I liked.

Their family and school lives played big, important roles, and it evened out with the very nice kissing romance. Which, the kissing part, was very nice, and responsible, and they had a nice outlook on it. My only real problem with the story was the ending. It just took a huge curveball near the end, and I was not expecting it, and am still kind of wondering what the point of it was, or at least what the meaning behind it was. It did some good things for Salva and Beth and their families, I guess, but it was also really outlandish and maybe unneeded. But maybe I just don’t understand the purpose well enough yet.

So overall, I rather enjoyed this book. It was good, sweet, I liked the characters. I will probably pick up another of Osterlund’s books in the future, although I’m not sure when (mainly because her other books are more on the historical side, I believe).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I loved this book. I have to say I have been a fan of Anne Osterlund ever since I read Academy 7.

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Published 9 months ago by Danielle Choffrey
3.0 out of 5 stars nice read
Very nice story and characters. Interesting story. Had a lot more potential if it had been edited a little more. But good read. This is a novel you read a couple of pages a day. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bookreaderk
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good an automatic re-read
I am already a big fan of Ms. Osterlund's books. I not only buy a copy for myself but I buy copies for the library where I work. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jo Anne Romero Huerta
4.0 out of 5 stars A review from Bookworm1858
Source: Library

I've read and reviewed all of Osterlund's previous work so of course I knew I'd be checking out her latest, especially since it is her first foray into... Read more
Published 18 months ago by bookworm1858
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!
For me, while this wasn't an issue book, it was a very powerful read. And an important one. The thing that really hit me hard and made me think so much was that Salva is from an... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Candace Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Contemporary Read
My favorite thing about the novel was that the ending came out of nowhere. It was not at all what I was expecting and just as I was getting to know the characters and what to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Emily @ Falling for YA
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!
This book was really great !!!I was pleasantly surprised!! I loved Beth !! I think she is one of my favorite book girls !! She was an unorganized mess that told it like it is !! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Salvation
This book was beautifully written and so easy to read, it kept me interested from beginning to end. What a lovely young man Salva is and his interaction with his friends is... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Peta Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly Profound, Beautiful
I read Salvation at the recommendation of Candace at Candace's Book Blog, who was kind enough to lend me her copy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andrea Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars So beautifully written it should have been better
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Overview of Novel: Beth is known as the walking disaster. She has a knack for running into people, for not fitting in, and just for blending... Read more
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More About the Author

Anne Osterlund is the author of four young adult novels, Salvation, Aurelia, Academy 7, and Exile, all published by Penguin Books. Her second novel, Academy 7, won the OCTE Spirit of Oregon Award and was an ALA/YALSA Popular Paperback nominee. Anne works as a full-time author and presents for schools, conferences, and writing events. She grew up in the sunshine of eastern Oregon and earned a BA from Whitworth College, where she majored in elementary education with Spanish and English teaching fields. Anne lives in a cute little yellow house with her new feline friend, Simba, and her own library of young adult books. She has ten years of full-time teaching experience and enjoys immersing students in language, literature, and imagination. Anne and her characters can be found on her website.

Anne's Literary Facts

Favorite Part of Writing: The characters! They talk. Some of them very loud and opinionated, like Aurelia. Others deep and wounded like Aerin. Some of them who just can't wait to make everything on the page explode. Can you say Dane? But they all make writing exhilarating.

Favorite Book: Peter Pan by James Barrie. Because the magic is real. The island is real. The danger is real. What I love about the book is that it all feels real!

Favorite Authors: Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, S.E. Hinton, Louisa May Alcott, Ann Rinaldi, L.M. Montgomery, John Marsden, Maria V. Snyder, Meg Cabot, Sally Watson, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, and on and on and on.

Favorite Literary Place: Scotland!

Required When Writing: A cat. At least one. Preferably more.

Favorite Movie Based on a Book: Anne of Green Gables

Favorite Literary Event: Sirens, Women in Fantasy Literature Conference in Vail, CO

Best Advice for Aspiring Authors: Write the story you love! The one that refuses to go away or disappear. And then write the next and the next and the next.

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