Save Yourself: A Novel

Save Yourself: A Novel

by Kelly Braffet


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A gripping novel full of suspense and pathos that Dennis Lehane calls an "electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller."

Patrick Cusimano’s father killed a boy while driving drunk. Now Patrick is working at a grubby convenience store, and he and his brother, Mike, are the town pariahs. Caro, Mike’s girlfriend, is running from her own painful past, with no idea what she’s running toward. Layla Elshere is a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t trust. And Layla’s little sister, Verna, tortured by her classmates, finds unlikely solace with Layla’s dark tribe of outcasts.
As their fates become entwined, everyone is set down a terrifying and twisted path—leading them all toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, fears exposed, and lives shattered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385347365
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 555,827
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

KELLY BRAFFET is the author of Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, where she received her MFA. Kelly lives in upstate New York with her husband, the writer Owen King.

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“Kelly Braffet is the real deal.  Save Yourself is an electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller with honest-to-God people at its core. It rocks the house.” —Dennis Lehane, author of Live by Night
“Kelly Braffet’s Save Yourself is that rare and beautiful thing—a novel that takes us to dark places not just through vivid storytelling but also through keen emotional force. It’s a tale of damaged families and the perilous weight of the past, and as the action rushes towards its chilling conclusion, you’ll find yourselves breathless, shaken, moved.” —Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me
“Astonishing.  Save Yourself goes deep into the hidden and shameful parts of grief, love, and anger, and the reader emerges shaken and grateful on the far end. It’s a lacerating read, and proves that Braffet is a writer in full command of her many, many talents.” —Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

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Save Yourself: A Novel 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Braffet weaves a tale of complicated relationships between sisters, brothers, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, of conflicted love and wanting to fit in. There are times when you want to look away but you don’t, times when you want to wave a magic wand and make everything better but you can’t, times when you want to shout at the characters “don’t do that!”, but it doesn’t do any good. The one thing you won’t want to do is put the book down. Save Yourself is a compelling story by a very talented writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The well-developed characters of Save Yourself are, unfortunately, a believable subset of our society. This dark and compelling novel illustrates the traumatic effects of bullying, not only from the schoolyard but also from the community; peer pressure from many levels. Braffet's third novel is another page-turner from a talented storyteller.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Poor Patrick not only did he have to call the cops on his own dad but the only family he has left, his brother, thinks that everything that happened was all Patrick's fault needless to say Patrick withdrawals inside himself. Then Layla who is extremely confused and overly blunt, I mean way past rude, walks into Patrick's life. Layla begins an obsession for Patrick that walks the fine line between scary and full blown stalker. Meeting Layla changes Patrick's life for the better but not till after a shotgun gets waved around at him and he ends up shot. My favorite character was Caro, she had a messed up past but she was searching for love and normalcy none the less, she was very easy to relate to. I was not expecting the ending to turn out like it did it took me for a complete surprise I thought the ending would be Mike, who is Patrick's brother, hurting or killing Patrick but I was wrong. Recommended for: Those who enjoy a book with dark thoughts and some messed up teenage angst (over the top, really). 
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Ellie & America <br>Flora & Canada <br>Dawn & Cori <br>Natsu & Chelsea <br>Seven & Finn <p>I think that's everyone??
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This was a dark book. It centers around 4 people who live dysfunctional lives that intertwine with one another. It left me with many questions while reading- who was at fault for the mess within the story, which parents were the worst, which characters can I feel something for, which characters do I hate the most etc. This book was hard for me because while it was compelling in some aspects, others made me wonder why I bothered reading it in the first place. Anyway, here&rsquo;s the scoop: What I liked: 1. I liked how Braffet gave each of the characters a voice. Each chapter centered around the character of the moment so readers were really able to get to know them and see WHY things happened the way they did. 2. I liked the writing style. Braffet knows how to keep readers engaged in the story even when we want to hate what is happening. 3. I liked how Braffet was able to bring all the characters together for a climax that literally has us hanging on the edge of our seats. Readers essentially have no clue what is going to happen next and this alone gives the story an extra star for me. 4. I like how &ldquo;real life&rdquo; the story could be. You never know what is going on in other people&rsquo;s lives or heads so prior to passing judgements you should think before you act towards someone else. This seems like a pretty good lesson from the book even though it&rsquo;s not necessarily shown. What I Didn't Like: 1. I really had a hard time getting into the story. I feel like Braffet spend a little too much time in each chapter describing the character&rsquo;s lives. To me, it was just really slow and I didn&rsquo;t really look forward to finishing the book. 2. I don&rsquo;t like how the story only started to get interesting in the last 30 pages. Yes, it took 280 pages to get me to like the book. Maybe it&rsquo;s just me but I just got really bored with the story after the first 100 pages until the end when the real climax happened. 3. The book was real, but some of the characters were too extreme for me. When someone picks up a book they want to actually like the characters. For this one, it was too hard to like any of them. Most of them were very weak. 4. There really wasn&rsquo;t a happy ending. I suppose some would say that there was a little hope at the end but for me, it didn&rsquo;t cut it. In any event, I give the book about 3 starts. It was NOTHING like Gillian Flynn&rsquo;s books either as some have said. Yes, Flynn&rsquo;s books are dark, but the characters are much more interesting than the ones in this book. Overall rating: 3.2 Thrill Rating: 3.6 -- My Love of Books --
Lny11 More than 1 year ago
Depressing. Author did a great job of describing/explaining the characters' thoughts and feelings...none of the characters were likable though.