Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe

Girl Saves Boy

Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe

The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life. 

Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher? 

No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening… 

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?

With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way. 

But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own. 

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.
Published in US: Aug 30 2010
Standalone novel
Source: Around the world tours

*My Review*

    I really enjoyed Girl Saves Boy. It was touching and dealt with sensitive matters like suicide, death, cancer, and homosexuality with finesse and ease. 
    The main characters, Sacha and Jewel are complex and have authentic voices. I found myself really caring about them and invested in what they were feeling and doing. 
    The secondary characters like True and Little Al are well developed and bring things to the story rather than just being an accessory. 
    For those who like open ended endings- this will be a great one for you. Plots are tied up, and we know what is most likely to happen, but we aren't given a clear and concise ending. 
    I'd recommend this to fans of Lurlene McDaniel and those looking for an edgy and touching story. 

I'd love to hear what you think of my reveiw and/or this book. 

Here is my video review


  1. I haven't read many reviews for this book and I have to say that I completley forgot about it. But now I really want to read it too. It sounds like a very interesting book, with touchy subjects.

  2. I'm actually a blog follower of Steph and have been wanting to read her book for the longest time.

  3. I haven't heard much (if anything) about this one, but it has garden gnomes in the synopsis. Garden gnomes! That alone makes me want to read it. I'm happy to hear that the secondary characters actually bring something to the story as well. Thanks for the review.

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  5. I'd never heard of this book before, but it sounds lovely and your review really makes me want to read it. And I love randomness, so the last part of the summary really appeals to me, haha.
    I've noticed the author was born in 1994. I just... I don't even know what to say to that. Wow.

  6. Steph's blog was the FIRST I ever followed, and I've always been curious about her book. Clearly... not curious enough to buy it :) But I jumped at the chance to read your review! It sounds like a very sweet story. I laughed at the Lurlene McDaniel reference - it just brought back so many memories of reading when I was in middle school :) Thanks for sharing!


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