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Review by Suze
Jo is scarred, on the inside and the outside. Her scars remind her of her difficult past every single day. She's just moved there and already wants to leave Planerville as soon as possible. She finds comfort in her writing and tries to build a reputation at every new school she has to start, so everyone knows who they're dealing with. She normally keeps her distance, but when she meets Evan she knows she can't do that with him. People see him as the town freak, but Jo finds him interesting. They meet at the pool at night and instantly know they have a deep and meaningful connection.
Jo and Evan thought they'd have a chance together, they were feeling a bit of happiness just for a short while. A terrible incident comes between them and they are being separated. They keep thinking about each other though and when fate brings them together four years later there's something that threatens their entire existence once more. Is it possible for them to have a second chance or will something mess things up again?
How to Save a Life is a beautiful story about two people who have very difficult lives. They don't know comfort and safety and they don't have a steady home. They find that with each other, but it isn't meant to be. I shed quite a few tears while reading this story, mostly because of the unfairness of the whole situation. How to Save a Life is raw and heartbreaking. It's an emotional rollercoaster. There's never a dull moment and there are so many unexpected twists and turns. The ending is absolutely brilliant, it's amazing and it definitely surprised me.
Jo and Evan are both strong and vulnerable at the same time. That makes them interesting main characters and they're easy to like. Their story is impressive. Emma Scott describes their struggles in a non-judgmental and empathic way. How to Save a Life touched my heart over and over again. It's a moving novel with a lot of gripping scenes. The story also has a few spiritual elements and they make it extra special. This book is absolutely fantastic and I'm happy I had the chance to read such a unique story.