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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, powerful story, May 3, 2012
This review is from: Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
I don't read much contemporary. If you read this blog regularly (and I hope you do), you can see that there is a distinct lack of contemporary fiction outside of chick lit for adults. Give me CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC or give me death!

I joined the SAVING YOU SAVING ME blog tour not knowing what to expect. The past few months have made we want to read more contemporary YA for reasons unknown, but I am not one to question my intuition. I dove into this book earlier this week and, although it isn't perfect, found it to be a rather interesting, compelling look into the teenage mind - especially troubled youth and love from other angles.

SAVING YOU SAVING ME follows 18 year old Sam, a girl aspiring to be a psychologist and attend Stanford. She volunteers as a peer counselor and, on the phone, meets Daggers, a troubled young man. They speak over the course of months and she slowly begins to peel back the layers and reveal the person underneath, and of course there is love in the air. But he needs saving, just like she does, and the course of events is not as straightforward as Sam thinks they might be...

So, let me just say, there is mystery here. And also in the picture we have Collins, a guy with his own dark past (and bright future) dealing with his own demons. Collins wants Sam to be his girlfriend, and trust me, watching this relationship unfold is really interesting to watch. I mean, I have to admit that I didn't really feel the chemistry, and there were shades of Christian Grey going on here, but it was interesting at least. What I really enjoyed, though, was the developments between Sam and Daggers over the phone.

This book also ties back in with another project - the Saving You Saving Me project - which deals with peer counseling. Having listened to about 500 episodes of Duncan McAllister on Sunday nights, I know just how important and meaningful these sessions can be. It has to be scary being one of these operators, having kids calling you up wanting advice. I mean, what would I say? "My grandmother died." "Um...Well, so did mine, but I really don't know what to say. Go talk to your mother." Clearly, I'm not destined to be a psychologist.

There is interesting backstory, interesting characters, interesting plot progression. I am not one for contemporary, but I found myself enjoying this story. Not so much the tiny font in the ARC, but the story kept me interested for the full duration of the story. The ending is a twist, but I kind of saw it coming because it was kind of obvious...

Anyway, check out this one. It's different from the norm, but if you are looking for a different YA contemporary novel incorporating some unusual themes, this one is something you should check out.

VERDICT: Albeit predictable, SAVING YOU SAVING ME is an interesting YA novel worth a look. Not the best book ever, but still very intriguing!
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