Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Saving Red by Sonya Sones

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Saving Red
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Molly Rosenberg may only be fourteen, but she’s experienced more hurt and guilt than most adults. With her home life a mess, Molly takes part in a volunteer event tallying the city’s homeless population. There, on a windy Santa Monica bluff, is where Molly meets Red, an enigmatic homeless girl with more zest for life than she’s ever encountered. The two spark an unlikely friendship that pulls Molly out of her sadness. Finally, Molly can open up to someone about her brother’s disappearance that she feels she’s to blame for.

But whenever Molly tries to get Red to open about her family—where they are, why they left her, or if Red left them—Red quickly changes the subject, or starts rambling on about things that just don’t make any sense. Molly knows she can’t change her own past, but she vows to help Red salvage her future. In Sonya Sones’ latest novel, two girls with a unique bond give each other a new perspective on the meaning of family, friendship, and forgiveness.

Saving Red by Sonya Sones

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Saving Red “Maybe no one can give me
what I want for the holidays.
But I can give
that gift to someone else!”

This was a YA contemporary story, written in verse, about a girl trying to help a homeless girl.

Molly was a caring girl, and it was obvious how strongly she felt about trying to help Red. I did think that her ideas about getting her home to her family in time for Christmas were maybe a little optimistic, but I think this was in part due to her own experiences with her brother. I also felt quite sorry for her in that her friends had turned their backs on her, and Red ended up being her only friend.

“I didn’t even notice that, along the way
somewhere, she’d become my best friend.”

The storyline in this was about Molly befriending this homeless girl called Red, who had schizoaffective disorder, and heard voices. We also got a bit of backstory about Molly’s brother Noah who had gone missing the previous New Year’s Eve, and a fast but sweet romance between Molly and a boy she met on a Ferris wheel.

“I like everything about you,”

The ending to this was pretty good, and things were wrapped up reasonably well. This book was just missing a little something for me.

6.5 out of 10

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