By: Selene Castrovilla
Pub. Date: May 17, 2013
Publisher: ASD Publishing
Source: Blog Tour
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.
The last place fifteen-year-old
Willowwants to spend her summer is on a run-down former coffee barge, which her aunt is converting into a floating concert hall. In Saved by the Music, Willowthinks she’s alone until she meets Axel, an older teen who lives isolated from the world on the sailboat docked nearby. An unlikely romance sparks as the two grapple with their darkest secrets and bond through shared pain and laughter. It is a summer where music must do more than just soothe the soul.
I was not expecting to enjoy this story as much as I did. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued but as I started reading I realized it was going to be like every other book I read where the boy and the girl have secrets they must overcome. I was going to stop reading, but something told me to continue, and I am so glad that I did! Yes, the story has been done before, but Saved by the Music is so beautifully written with many plot twists that I did not see coming.
Willow's mom chooses
her boyfriend over Willow, Willow
moves in with her Aunt in Queens. It is there
where she meets aloof Axel. It was very hard trying to figure this guy out! One
minute he was sweet, the next he was acting weird. When you finally think you
understand him, he completely surprises you. I really didn't think I was going
to like Axel, but it was hard not too. He is living with a terrifying secret
that has completely messed him up, and it is hard not to feel for him and what
he holds inside. I am so glad that through their friendship, both of them were
able to deal with the things that have happened to them in their pasts.
I loved Aunt Aggie! It is hard to find quality adults in YA, but Aggie was supportive and there for
in a way that before Axel, no one ever had before.
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from
New School Universityand a BA in English from . She lives on New York University Long Islandwith her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!