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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.

Find out more about what Keren’s written, at kerendavid.com

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Review: When I Was Joe by Keren David

What is it?

When I Was Joe by Keren David

When I Was JoeFirst published 2010

A contemporary, young adult, crime thriller, coming of age novel.

Why should I read it?

Because it’s a well-crafted story that blends a crime mystery with a gut-wrenching account of kids trying to fit in.

I picked When I Was Joe up at my local library because the blurb on the back sounded good and the first page backed it up. “It’s one thing watching someone get killed. It’s quite another talking about it.”

This is the story of Ty, who witnesses a murder and has to go into hiding. He becomes Joe, who is so much cooler than Ty ever was.

When I started reading it, I realised that Ty is only 14. I was worried the book would read a bit “young” and not live up to the gritty hype the blurb promised. I was happy to be wrong.

Keren David is a fantastic writer, and captures the character of Ty perfectly. He’s harbouring a secret, and trying to lay low at his new school, and struggling to cope with the fact the bad guys want him dead. And then he meets a girl, who has a secret of her own. But how can he even think about starting a relationship when she doesn’t even know his real name?

Then things go from bad to worse. Ty is left trying to hold it all together, and desperate to do the right thing before he has to leave town and change his name again.

When I Was Joe is a gripping story that touches on some very serious issues. The subject matter makes it more suited for teens 13 and over.

Keren David has written two more books in the same series, Almost True and Another Life. You can find out more about her, and what else she’s written, at kerendavid.com