Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?
Full length, New Adult Contemporary love story. No cliff hanger.
*Contains strong language and explicit scenes. Ages 18+ recommended.
This book is an emotional roller-coaster for our two main characters. We have Claudia who is still trying to find herself. She is in that awkward stage between adulthood and adolescence. Should she still rely on her father for everything and if so follow his laid out plan for her; or, does she blaze her own path? Then we have Toby. The poor guy was handed a crappy situation from the get-go. With his external negative influences, shaping who he believes he is, Toby goes through many emotional and physical obstacles.
One thing I liked about this book was how real and raw it was. The characters had many struggles and the author illustrates them with an honest interpretation.
Claudia is the main focus for the first half of the book. She grew up with a strong father who expected her to be the ideal daughter. Claudia didn’t get into trouble. She was a “good girl,” but in college she begins to realize that she wants more. Living under daddy’s thumb isn’t going to let her get very far. She has to stand up for herself. Her dream to attend USC (GO TROJANS) is inspiring. She doesn’t give up and devotes all her energy and focus on getting into the degree program. When she allows herself a break and to reevaluate her situation, that is when she truly and finally allow Toby in.
This book is honest and promotes therapy. Toby needs a therapist to deal with his constant low self-worth and anger issues. With the help of Claudia and others around him, he is able to make drastic changes in his life.
This story is about transformation and overcoming your own hurdles. Each person has something in their life that can be considered a horrific experience, but it is the way they overcome those challenges and obstacles that shapes who and what they become.
Saving Toby is about second chancing and coming of age. It is about one coming to recognizing what is truly important. There is no way a person can help someone else, until they help themselves. Claudia was able to give confidence to Toby, while Mrs. Faye was able to help Claudia discover her inner strength. Powerful story. I wish I could say I couldn’t put it down, but that is not the truth. I was determined to finish the book. The overall story is really good and powerful.
Was it one of my top NAs?
Is it worth the read?
I think it can help young women and men realize that they need to stand up for themselves, cause no one else is going to do it for them.