Problems follow Sascha Thomas. Sticky problems.
He has cancer. His mother is dead. He steals garden gnomes. And, one quiet evening, he tried to drown himself in the lake.
That’s when he met Jewel Valentine.
Author: Steph Bowe
Genre: Young Adult
I confess, this isn’t my typical style of book. A bit of a step outside the comfort zone. But there were compelling reasons for me to read this book. As in… the author is exactly my age…and her book is published. So, I had to read her book.
I liked it.
Sure it was a romance (no swords, battles, longbows or strange lands — those are my style), but it was written exceptionally well. The prose flowed, the story wound together until every last piece clicked in place, and the characters were amazingly real. I mean, real. The four main teens — Sascha, Jewel, True and Little Al — were people you could expect to meet, could shake hands with, could walk out of their school and free a desperate lobster with. The story line held you, the characters held you, the beautiful style of writing nailed you down. All in all, there was no way you could finish this book and do anything but sigh and say “That was good”.
And the dialogue…perfect! Funny, bright, fast-moving, flowing, and realistic. Everyone had their own unique voice, as well as styles, personalities, and quirks. And everyone had troubles. Sascha and Jewel (our two main voices) were up to their necks in problems, serious problems. And that’s what the reader wants to read, right? People who aren’t locked in a fantasy world of perfection and wonderful events. Things are down to earth and gritty in Girl Saves Boy. That makes it a compelling read, and a satisfying one.
So maybe not my genre or cup-of-tea, but I still enjoyed this book. Actually, I loved it. The author has a special writing style and a beautiful way of writing. Her first book is amazing. Well done, Steph Bowe.