Saving Sophie

Saving Sophie
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Fire and Ice YA
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April 26, 2022
Seventeen-year-old Gabe Hunter knows he has a purpose in life. He has always strived to be the “best of the best,” but lately nothing has gone his way. Gabe was devastated six months earlier when his half-brother Josh had a drunk driving accident that killed four members of a family and left a sixteen-year-old girl named Sophie an orphan. Josh went to prison and Gabe struggles to forgive him because how can he forgive the unforgivable? When Gabe reluctantly agrees to do math tutoring for his senior service project, he discovers that the girl he will be tutoring is also named Sophie. But in a town of eighty thousand people, what are the odds it will be the same person? Astronomical, Gabe figures.
Gabe soon discovers, though, that it is the same Sophie. A former National Merit Scholar finalist, Sophie had a severe brain injury in the accident. She has seizures, amnesia, and can barely read or write. When he meets her, Gabe realizes what his purpose in life must be—to help Sophie and make amends for his brother. His plan is to spend the rest of the school year tutoring Sophie, then say goodbye and go quietly off to college without ever telling her that his brother was the one who killed her family. What Gabe doesn’t count on is falling in love.

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Saving Sophie was a really cute and bittersweet novel.

I loved the characters. They were all so real.
They made mistakes just like everyone else and had to live with those very real consequences, trying to accept and forgive.
Forgiveness is a very prevailing theme in Saving Sophie. Each set of characters is looking for forgiveness in one way or another.

I really liked the character growth that Gabe had. He started out as this uptight perfectionist. While he never really lost those tendencies per se, he did overcome them some.

I wasn't fond of the fact that everything (inanimate objects) had a name. I got a bit confused with all the different names being thrown around. Honestly, I would have been fine with "climbed into the truck" over "climbed into Max," as the latter sounds pretty odd.

There was definitely a lot going on in this book.
Alcoholism, drug use, and teen pregnancy, just to name a few. With everything it could be a bit overwhelming.
I loved seeing a service dog in the book, as they don't get much shine, however I wasn't thrilled that Gabe was allowed to treat Joe (the service dog) as a pet while he (the service dog) was working.

Saving Sophie was a nice read full of emotion. I'd love to see more by this author.
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