Review: Salvation by Anne Osterlund


Blurb from Goodreads

A smart, unexpected romance from an award-winning author.

Salvador Resendez, Salva to his friends, appears to have it all. His Mexican immigrant family has high expectations, and Salva intends to fulfill them. He’s student body president, quarterback of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone loves him.

Especially Beth Courant, A.K.A the walking disaster area. Dreamy and shy, Beth is used to blending into the background. But she’s also smart, and she has serious plans for her future.

Popular guy and bookish girl–the two have almost nothing in common. Until fate throws them together and the attraction is irresistible. Soon Beth is pushing Salva to set his sights higher than ever–because she knows he has more to offer, more than even he realizes.

Then tragedy strikes–and threatens to destroy everything that Salva has worked for. Will Beth’s love be enough to save him?

Thoughtful and romantic, this is a beautifully written story about following your heart and fulfilling your potential.

Paperback, 288 pages
Published: January 10th 2013 by Speak (first published 2013)
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I always love reading story with opposite characters. Although there are many books with story like this, I never get enough reading it. And what could be more interesting reading a book about a quiet nerd girl who falls in love with a popular school athlete boy.Salva is a son from Mexican immigrant. His father believes in order to improve their live he has to have good education. So he makes his way to became valedictorian, he also a talented athlete. Unlike his friends, he wants to pursuit it outside his town. He dream big and set his hope high. Until his senior year, he hasn’t met someone who has dream as big as his. Then he met Beth. She’s a daughter from a single parent mother. She’s clever and ambitious. She put her dream on one of Ivy leagues universities. All she cares about is reach her dream and not to end up like her mother. And just like other female students, she has a crush on Salva.What I like from this book:
– As a YA contemporary, this book was not only about high school romance but also about culture and prejudice. Being a minority citizen, Salva’s father has some kind of prejudice to his surrounding and people in common. While Salva who is more American than Mexican thought he should think and act out of the box. Salva’s father with his prejudice has reasons to think like that as much as Salva. The prejudice and culture clash describe well in this story. It gave me more description about Mexican immigrant more than other YA contemporary books that I have read.- The Shakespeare Play. I don’t know whether it really happen in high school or not, but I like the idea to play certain part from English literature anywhere around the school. I think it’ll make student more interested in English literature. A scene when Salva and Beth played was awesome. I can picture it and feel it.- There are surprises along the story. I love the unpredictable story. Story with twists and surprises. This book have it, in some parts, I could not guess where the story goes.What I didn’t quite like:
– I have a problem to feel Salva & Beth relationship. It wasn’t insta-love. Their relationship built months before admit their feeling. But all the time their spent their time together didn’t feel real to me. And when they admit each other feeling, I feel it was too rush though they have spent time together for a couple of months.

– A couple of time the narrator said a few months has passed but didn’t describe what happen on those months other than Salva & Beth studied together. It made me feel less connected to the story and their relationship.

I think it’s better if the story written through Salva or Beth’s POV or even both of them POV instead of third person. It’ll make the story more connected to me because I’ll get more pictures about Salva & Beth’s feeling. But in the end I still like this sweet story.

Result: 3/5 Stars