Save Yourself


How did I get it?:
Edelweiss- thanks to Crown


Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

Kelly Braffet’s characters, indelibly portrayed and richly varied, are all on their own twisted paths to finding peace. The result is a novel of unnerving power-darkly compelling, addictively written, and shockingly honest


What can I say? Save Yourself is an incredibly messed up book. I wasn’t expecting it to be so messed up. Even though it was such an intense, disturbing book, it was incredibly easy to read. I just found myself often thinking.. ‘What the hell!?’  I think that’s a sign that the author is writing something memorable. They’re making the reader have a reaction, even if it’s a slightly weirded out reaction. Save Yourself deals with many taboo issues even by today’s society.

It’s such a complicated storyline that I’ll try to explain. Patrick is the son of a murderer. His father killed a young boy whilst drunk-driving. Patrick was the one that called the police and the rest of his family have never really forgiven him for that. The family of the boy are incredibly angry and want to sue the family, wanting to take away their house. If this wasn’t enough Patrick sleeps with his brother’s girlfriend and gets involved with a seventeen-year-old girl called Layla. Layla is just as much a mess as Patrick is She’s the daughter of strict, religious man who she is rebelling against. Layla’s younger sister Verna is also included in the story, Verna is very heavily bullied at school. Layla and Verna are involved with a group of teenagers that claim to understand them but really are incredibly bad for them. The characters crash into each other. Tensions run high….and the reader is left wondering what on earth will happen.

Save Yourself has interesting, but not likeable characters. It’s incredibly disturbing, but well worth reading if you’re into your dark family dramas.

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next:

Once A Bad Girl- Jane O’Reilly

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