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Review: Salvage by Keren David

Okay, so I’m on the verge of turning into a Keren David fangirl.

I’ve already mentioned how I loved When I Was Joe, and now I’ve fallen for Salvage.

I was in Paper Plus, with a $5 voucher in my hand when I spotted it on the shelf. I don’t normally buy books I haven’t read (unless I’m really obsessed with the author *cough* Brigid Kemmerer *cough*) because I don’t have enough money to match my reading obsession. That’s why I’m a huge fan of our local library. It gives me a chance to try new authors out.


Salvage was expensive. $27 is quite a bit for a YA novel, and even my $5 voucher didn’t reduce the sting much. But I read the first page and it was fan-frigging-tastic. There are two POV characters in the book, so I flicked to a chapter with the second voice and holy moly did it suck me in. I had to have this book.

And now I’m sad because I’ve already finished reading it.

What is it?Salvage by Keren David

Salvage by Keren David

First published 2014

A contemporary, young adult, family-relationship novel.

Why should I read it?

Because it’s a heart-wrenching story that charts the different paths life can take.

My one suggestion is to ignore the blurb on the back, it really doesn’t tell you what to expect and, if anything, actually led me in the wrong direction.

This is the story of Aidan and Cass, a brother and sister who were taken away from their mother at a young age. Cass is adopted by a wealthy couple, while Aidan suffers through the foster system. They find each other as teenagers and try to get to know each other again as they deal with issues in the present and secrets from the past.

The voices are so clear and distinct that it felt like the book had been written by two different people. I absolutely ached for Aidan, but by the end–and just like the tattoo on his neck–we had hope.

I am definitely adding Salvage to my re-read list.

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