Attie Reed should have died in the wreck that stole the lives of her mother and best friend. But her life was spared. Why? When Attie moves to Oklahoma to stay with the Bennetts for the summer, she hopes she has left her nightmares behind. But her battle is far from over, and Riley Bennett steps forward to help her fight the nighttime monsters. As the battle wears on, Riley begins fighting monsters of his own: his feelings for Attie. And Attie realizes she must begin to face the monsters of the night herself if she wants to conquer them for good. Can Attie’s life be Salvaged? (Source:Goodreads)
First off, I just have to say that there is no way I can give this book an unbiased review. Not because I relate to the story or because I know the author, because I don’t….but because the story is set in Oklahoma. That made me feel so much more connected to the story, I had a lot of fun reading a book set half an hour from where I live. I loved reading about Attie and her love of OU Sooner football. Hello, I live close to the football stadium and go to school there. When she and her friends took a road trip to El Reno, I felt like I could just hop in the car with them!
I also loved the way Stefne got the dialogue down. Usually, the overuse of “ya’lls” and “go get ’em” type abbreviations get on my nerves. But in this case, I loved it! It made all the characters sound like the people I talk to everyday. I especially loved the spelling of the world “probly.” Very nice.
Anyway, even putting all that aside…this is really an amazing book. It is really hard not to love Attie, and I dare you not to love Riley Bennett! The way he fawns all over Attie…*sa-woon.* I do have to say though…at the risk of sounding like a jerk: he cried way too much. Seriously, I felt like every time I turned the page he was crying about something. I know that he suffered a huge loss in his family and that he cares a lot for Attie…but really. Teenage boys do not cry that much (unless they want to be labeled WUSS). I mean, he even cried in front of his friends. No way. I’m just not buying it. I kinda tried to block that out so I could continue thinking about how amazing he was. And for the most part, I did. And either way…not a big deal.
Attie’s dad: huge loser. I won’t go into that and spoil anything. But man…the dude sucks in a major way. Thank goodness she had a real family to care about her. That part was pretty hard to read. It made me very grateful for my dad!
Anyway, bottom line: I loved reading this. I read it via We Love YA! tours, and am seriously contemplating buying a copy for myself. Stefne offers them on her website at a reduced price (14.99+shipping), and she’ll autograph them for you.
I definitely recommend reading this, and be on the lookout for the sequel, Rise, in the next year or two!