Author: Stefne Miller
Published: May 18, 2010 from Tate Publishing
My edition/number of pages: PB/348
Age group: Young adult
‘My body was being torn apart, and my stomach felt as if it exploded. The pain was excruciating, and I was aware that I was dying… ‘Mom?’ My vision was murky, but I could see her face. It was bloody, and her eyes were large and full of fear. Her voice calmed. ‘Get out of the car, Attie.’ Her words sounded crisp and clear. I looked into the backseat in search of Melody and found her lying covered in blood in a twisted heap on the floor. I turned my attention back to my mother and out of the corner of my eye saw fire. ‘Get out, Attie!’ ‘Mom?’ Everything went dark.’
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?
Salvaged is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. It was touching and heartbreaking and full of feelings that I could really relate to. I think every teenage girl will feel some connection to Attie and this book needs to be added to everyone’s to-read lists (or piles).
Attie Reed’s life changed the moment that her mother and best friend were killed. Attie should have died with them but by some miracle (or nightmare) she survived. Things were never the same for her after the accident and five months in the hospital. Now she is heading back to Oklahoma for the summer to stay with the family of her best friend. Her secrets are about to be revealed to everybody but she isn’t the only one with secrets. Turns out, Riley, the brother of her best friend, is hiding something too.
I don’t really know where to start. Attie was one of the most confusing and confused characters that I have ever read about. The only thing she was sure of was her faith and she never lost her confidence in that. It was amazing really to read about someone who lost so much and went through so much but still believe that God was there to help her through it. She was both strong but weak. She didn’t see so many things that were right in front of her but it made me like her a little more. It made her seem more normal. Riley was definitely the best though. He was Attie’s savior. Without him, she would have had a much harder time making it through everything. He was sweet yet sexy. Everything you could possibly want in a guy. =]
Overall, Salvaged is a touching story about a girl who doesn’t believe she deserves to live and her journey to get past that. All the people that helped her through her ordeal were fabulous and I didn’t want to stop reading about them when the book ended. This is one book that I know will stick with me.
First line: Looking back, some might think it was the summer I turned seventeen that changed my life for the better, but I beg to differ.