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Publisher's Summary

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can't escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan's company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan's arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness. Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo's life now. Evan seems like a fading dream...until he reappears at the moment she needs him most.
Guided by Evan's strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits. Over 12 days across America's heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life. How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance standalone novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties.
It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations.
Trigger warning: some domestic violence (in the story) and mentions of sexual abuse. For listeners 18 years and up.
©2016 Jennifer Ripley (P)2016 Jennifer Ripley
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 03-05-17


This story moved me. Evan and Josephine experienced so much tragedy in their young lives but found each other their senior year of high school. They became each other's compass and anchor. They still had more to go through before finding their happily ever after but they did. This was a long book but if you stick with it you will be blessed. I got this ARC via audiobook boom.

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3 out of 5 stars
By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 01-03-17


Jo's new to town, she's 17 when she first meets 18 yr old Evan at High School - she's the feisty School outcast and he's the School's so-called freak. Their broken souls instantly connect and reformed as the mysterious handsome tortured boy meets the scarred school slut and, as the days quickly pass, Jo and Evan become everything to each other and an unbreakable bond is formed. They are both damaged, both had heartbreaking stories to tell and both are misunderstood.. but together they become strong, dream of a better life and plan big. But, before they can make their longed for escape, Fate throws in a cruel and vicious wrench that'll have dire consequences on those tender hopes, those dreams.. and it will be four long and challenging years before they will get a second chance.

But their second chance will come at a price.. with bloodshed, murder, grief and insecurity.. and uncharted tomorrows will follow as they desperately run with Evan's ESP dreams and senses guiding them along unknown roads. Roads that are dangerous, roads where they will be hunted fugitives as the Police close in.. and roads that will lead them to their ultimate destruction.. as well as their hard won salvation.

I know the Publisher's Summary says not YA but, IMO, it is.. yes, there are a few sex scenes which makes it an 'adult' listen but nevertheless it's still a YA/NA romance as these two teens connect under very difficult circumstances. Even when they meet again in their early 20's I couldn't shake off the image of High School sweethearts and this image may have been fuelled by the young voice of the narrator. The H/H were devoted to each other - Evan was besotted with Jo who mentally called to him during the dark days of their enforced separation.. and Evan felt the danger, answered her call and came no matter the cost and consequences to himself. Just about an insta-connection, insta-love and an unrealistic romance.. but hey I like to be swept away by the implausible, the fictional, the fantasy world where every story ends with a HEA. Mainly told from Jo's POV but there were a few from Evans too.

Worth a credit? I will admit that I was a little disappointed with the whole NA/YA vibe. There was romance, tension, heartache, sex, sweet times and dangerous times - and I liked them all.. but don't spend your credit if you want a more mature listen, a true to real life listen or a 5* star listen coz this, IMO, ain't it.

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