Salvation
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Salvation

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by Anne Osterlund
     
 

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Salvador Resendez--Salva to his friends--seems to have it all. He's Student Body president, captain of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone thinks that he could have any girl, and go to any college, that he wants. But how could he ever leave his family? After the death of this mother, his father and younger sisters need him more than ever. Then the

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Salvador Resendez--Salva to his friends--seems to have it all. He's Student Body president, captain of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone thinks that he could have any girl, and go to any college, that he wants. But how could he ever leave his family? After the death of this mother, his father and younger sisters need him more than ever. Then the most unlikely girl in school--shy, quiet Beth--catches his eye, and with her help, Salva starts to see things differently. And when a tragic accident strikes, Salva is forced to accept that life is too short not to pursue your dreams.

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

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—High school seniors Salvador Resendez and Beth Courant both struggle with family pressures and dream of leaving their small town where the only opportunity is to work in the local onion-processing plant. Salva's father demands perfection from his son to prove that leaving Mexico and creating a new life in America was worth it, and the popular teen is determined not to let his family down the way that his college-dropout older brother has. Shy and clumsy bookworm Beth copes with her mother's recovering alcoholism and wants to leave her trailer-park home behind to attend a good college on a full scholarship. Forced to work together for a school project, Beth and Salva soon experience a tender connection that has them flirting over Shakespeare in this modern Romeo and Juliet tale. Readers looking for a gentle story of first romance will enjoy this sweet offering.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA
VOYA - Jane Harper
Beth Courant is shy, studious, and overlooked by all but a few close friends. Salvador "Salva" Resendez is popular, athletic, and known and loved by all. Under normal circumstances, these two opposites would never meet, but fate intervenes and they fall in love. It turns out that they have a lot more in common than anyone would expect. Both struggle with challenging family situations, and both have big ambitions for college and life beyond their small town. Both want what is best for themselves and for each other, and both face considerable obstacles. Beth and Salva encounter more than their share of plot twists and turns on the road to meeting their goals. The story of the bookish girl and the star quarterback guy may be a familiar one, but with good reason. Falling in love with someone who sees the real you and believes in your potential, who can see beyond the surface trappings of clothes and looks and social class, is irresistible to readers, and Salvation is no exception. Although they are from different worlds, we know these characters belong together, and that keeps us turning the pages in hope that they stay together. Recommend this book to readers who enjoyed Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry (Walker, 2008/Voya February 2009). Reviewer: Jane Harper
Children's Literature - Ramirose I. Attebury
This poignant teen read contains a sense of dreamy satisfaction typical of a romance novel, but ultimately offers more, with a hard-hitting narrative about realistic goals, education, opportunity, and death. Salva is the son of Mexican immigrants; he is popular at school due to his athletic abilities and academic success. Beth is a frizzy-haired outcast from a poor and dysfunctional home who nevertheless excels in her advanced placement English class and has dreams of attending Stanford. When academic circumstances bring them together, they discover they have quite a bit in common: personal loss, strained parental relationships, and driving ambition to better themselves. Although Salva and Beth's stories and interactions dominate the book, secondary characters swirl around them in enough detail to paint a realistic portrait of life for a diverse group of modern teens. This book would make a good choice in any public or school library and could be recommended to students struggling with decisions about their plans after graduation. Reviewer: Ramirose I. Attebury
Kirkus Reviews
Osterlund offers a believable and touching relationship between two protagonists readers will come to believe belong together. Despite the hardship of immigrating to the United States from Mexico in elementary school, Salvador "Salva" Resendez, now a senior, is a straight-A student and the star quarterback of his football team. Having taken freshman English in middle school, he's not happy when he's saddled with the additional responsibility of AP English with a teacher known as "the Mercenary" instead of phys ed. Beth Courant, aka the "walking disaster area," is also an A student--though a hopelessly disorganized one--and a gifted writer. Her pitch-perfect, third-person internal dialogue, which fluidly alternates with Salva's, reveals grief over the loss of her grandmother and her mother's neglect. When Salva receives a D from the Mercenary, he turns to Beth. Predictably, Salva begins to return Beth's hitherto-unrequited crush, but what is unpredictably refreshing is the manner in which their romance unfolds. Salva and Beth both want a brighter future, but when tragedy strikes, it will take their combined strength--not just Beth's, as the marketing copy unfortunately implies--to pull them through. The romance ultimately rises above occasional false-sounding slang to tell a story of friendship, love and determination that will satisfy readers. (Fiction. 14-17)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101595435
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/10/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
915,986
File size:
807 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Osterlund is the author of three previous novels for young readers; Aurelia, Exile, and Academy 7. She lives in Ione, Oregon.

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Salvation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written novel about things teens face in today's world. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Lot's of romance without the over the top sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks out of the RV. "Then there is no problem. Kick back, make yourself at home."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, intense, good ending, good characters. sad at parts, but definitely realistic.