Kelly Braffet - Save Yourself

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  1. HMW
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    HMW Well-Known Member

    Two things are certain: Kelly Braffet has extensive knowledge of the history of Heavy Metal, she is also a really talented writer.

    Save Yourself is a good book that I enjoyed. Nothing more and nothing less. There are a couple of things that prevent me from calling this a ”great” book. First of all, I kind of lack an actual storyline. Braffet jumps from the perspectives of the lives of characters back and forth, nothing wrong with that, but it left me feeling unfocused, and the initial story lost some of its intensity. It felt as though the author tried to cram to much into one novel.

    Also, I don't really understand how this book has been described as a thriller. Yes, parts of the book are certainly exciting, but more than anything this is a book about relationships. Between parents and children, lovers, and siblings. That, and the seemingly perpetual struggle of trying to find oneself a place and a sense of belonging in the world which we live.

    To sum up, I truly did enjoy reading Save Yourself, but was at the same time left with a feeling that it could have been even better with a bit more focus and a sharper storyline.
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  2. Bev Vincent
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    This is the only book of hers that I've read to date, but I thought it was terrific. I wouldn't call it a thriller -- it's very much about relationships and its characterization is much deeper and more insightful than most thrillers.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...don't mean to state the obvious here-but she's also Unca Steve's daughter-in-law and wife of Owen...
  4. HollyGolightly
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    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I might have to give this one a go. Something about your review made me think of Anne Tyler - who I love. No storyline is sometimes a good thing.
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  5. fushingfeef
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    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    This is a great book, I met Kelly at a book signing last summer and she was awesome!
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  6. Dana Jean
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    I've read her other books and really found them to be very good. They all have a storyline, but that seems to take a backseat to her characters. I have Save Yourself in my TBR pile.
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  7. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    I have found Kelly's books to be good reads. I really enjoyed Save Yourself alot.
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  8. kingricefan
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I've only read Save Yourself. Thought it was a good book. I think she captured the mind set of todays youths in it.
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  9. Bryan James
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  10. HMW
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    HMW Well-Known Member

    Do it. And yes, no storyline can be a good thing sometimes.
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