Review: Salvation by Anne Osterlund

Author: Anne Osterlun
Publisher: Speak
Age Group: Teen
Source: Barnes & Noble
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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

A smart, unexpected romance from an award-winning author.

Salvador Resendez–Salva to his friends–appears to have it all. His Mexican immigrant family has high expectations, and Salva intends to fulfill them. He’s student body president, quarterback of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone loves him.

Especially Beth Courant, AKA the walking disaster area. Dreamy and shy, Beth is used to blending into the background. But she’s also smart, and she has serious plans for her future.

Popular guy and bookish girl–the two have almost nothing in common. Until fate throws them together and the attraction is irresistible. Soon Beth is pushing Salva to set his sights higher than ever–because she knows he has more to offer, more than even he realizes.

Then tragedy strikes–and threatens to destroy everything that Salva has worked for. Will Beth’s love be enough to save him?

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


3.75 out of 5

3.75 out of 5

My Thoughts

So, I picked up this book on a whim while I was at Barnes & Noble a few months ago, and then I promptly put it on m bookshelf and let it collect dust.  Because I’m like that – buying books and then letting the collect dust 🙂  ANYWAY, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book.  I was intrigued by the summary (which was why I bought it), but I’ve not really heard anything about this author or the book.  I was pleasantly surprised by Salvation.

Salva, our MC, has got a lot of pressure on his shoulders to excel at school, get a full scholarship to college, and also be a nice human being.  I really liked Salva.  He’s super popular but also a nice guy.  Of course, he’s got some serious issues that he’s dealing with as well.  I can’t say I was all swoony for Salva, but I definitely liked him.

I also liked Beth, although I found her a little too perfect, and also a little too preachy.  But Beth is also a nice girl.  Although it says she’s shy in the blurb, she didn’t seem all that shy to me.  I know shy, because I am shy, but in high school, oh my gosh was I even more shy.  Beth has some issues, but overall she’s been able to deal with them better than Salva.

I really wish that Osterlund was very specific in her location.  I had a hard time visualizing some things, and if a legit city/town was mentioned it would have been easier for me.  All I knew was that this story was set in a small town with  a large Mexican population.  So that could be anywhere.

The storytelling was pretty good, although I thought the author used the word “vibrations” a little too often.  I think that there could have been time to discuss certain parts of the story, such as the ending bit when Salva was confessing in a way to Beth, but for the most part, I was satisfied.  Not change-my-world amazing, but definitely good.

Yeah, so I liked this book.  More than I was expecting to.  I think fans of The Fine Art of Truth or Dare or In Honor (although I didn’t like that one) would like Salvation.  I am curious about Osterlund’s other books.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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