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Salvation Paperback – January 10, 2013
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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.
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
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That being said I was really excited when I found out that Salva one her main characters is Mexican. I don't really try to read any particularly ethnicity of books but whenever I run across one that has a Hispanic character I find myself having a special affinity to that book. No different than someone from New Jersey reading a Janet Evanovich book. It gives me a little extra happy.
Salvation is a story about Salvador and Beth both of who are trying to do what they can to get out of their poor struggling surroundings.
Both are striving to use education as their way to escape. I love the slow build to their relationship. The long flirt is always fun. The most important part of the story is that it has a very strong message about what it takes to be true to yourself and yet follow your passion this is especially true in so many lower income neighborhoods. Education is often seen as hindrance to getting a paying job right away and I loved the fact that both Beth and Salva realized that education was actually their salvation...see what I did there come on a little cheesy but it works right, and again a great romantic book with a good message slipped in is always a plus...
[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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