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The Saver

by Edeet Ravel

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I picked this up because I absolutely love Ravel's Tel Aviv trilogy and was hoping the magic of those books would carry over to her YA writing, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. The premise was really interesting - how does a 17-year-old take care of herself without any help in the world? - but the story doesn't quite manage to relay the feelings of the characters and so I found myself not caring about them. I still can't figure out why Fern is so obsessed with saving money that she lies and steals in order to put several hundred dollars a month into a savings account rather than dealing with her day-to-day life. The redeeming factor is to see how Fern goes from totally alone in the world to having friends, but it's not a huge denouement in that anyone who has a workplace will have colleagues. It's a fast read, but in the end, not satisfying. ( )
1 vote -Eva- | Jul 18, 2010 |
I thought it was going to be a good book, it started off well but it just never seemed to go anywhere. There was nothing that made you really care about the characters. The book ended and you were wondering what the point of it was was. The book jacket was really misleading - quick but not satisfying. ( )
  delmas_coulee | Sep 12, 2009 |
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Seventeen-year-old Fern is having a hard time: she finds school difficult, lives in a run-down apartment in a dangerous neighborhood, and watches her mother struggle to survive on a housekeeper’s meager salary. But through it all, Fern’s mother refuses to give in and makes sure that Fern knows she is loved. And Fern does have outlets: she writes to an imaginary friend named Xanoth, pets her beloved cat Beauty, and imagines living a different life. But when Fern’s mother dies suddenly of a heart attack, Fern finds herself struggling to survive in an entirely new way. This young-adult novel tells a stirring tale of perseverance, love, and hope.

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Struggling just to get by day-to-day, 17-year-old Fern's main source of happiness is the constant reassurance of her hard-working mother, but when her mother suddenly dies Fern must find a way to survive in the real world on her own.

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