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For a Great Author You Wrote a Stinker with Save Me!
on May 23, 2014
I wish someone could have saved me from reading this book. My only defense is that I have enjoyed Ms. Scattoline's previous works of fiction so much I felt obligated to stick with this tripe until the end.
One interesting fact: I now know what chirped the car means. She must have used it a few hundred times throughout the novel.
I found the book to be bland to the point of aud nauseum until page 160 to be precise. Then things started to pick up when some lawyers entered the plot. Unfortunately this was a short lived respite.
To sum it up quickly there is a mother named Rose and her daughter Melly who has a large birthmark who is teased at school. There is an explosion and Rose is blamed for not saving one of the bullies and rescuing her own daughter instead. She plays the role of victim for most of the story as she is consumed with guilt. Add to the mix a cookie cutter portrait of a husband who we never get to know and characters we don't give a fig about.
Normally I would feel so bad for a child who is teased and left out of schools typical cliques but this child seemed extremely immature and needy to the point I wanted to tell her to shut up and read another Harry Potter book. Only her mother annoyed me more.
There is actually an interesting subplot in this heinous excuse for a book that details an event in Roses past where she once (spoiler alert!) ran over a little boy who raced in front of her car as a teenager, and she has carried the burden of this guilt with her all her life. THIS was very believable. I just wish the rest of the book was.
In the last third of this novel Rose suddenly dons invisible superwoman clothes and discovers (spoiler alert!) hidden far fetched and totally unbelievable conspiracies involving sending peanuts to foreign countries so their children would die of peanut allergies-a crooked politician involved in murder and the peanuts, and the list goes on.
Superhero Rose dyes her hair and dons disguises. A metamorphism that no one in their right mind would believe.
What we have here is a very boring and tedious book that seems to go on forever and then an absurd ending tacked on which I still find hard to believe Ms. Scattoline wrote, yet I know in my heart of hearts she did.
Since this book I have read a few terrific books by her so do NOT use this novel as a template for the authors talent. We all have a clinker now and then. Being a writer I know this too well.
Read her last three novels and you will be happily surprised. Skip this one by all means. And to all a good night.