Book Review: Saving Grace

Student Book Reviewer: Ayme B. – Grade 8

Saving Graceby Darlene Ryan
Orca Book Publishers, 2006
Pages: 97
Series: Orca Soundings
Genre: Realistic fiction

Summary: This book is about a young teen mother who regrets giving up her daughter for adoption. She kidnaps her daughter in hopes of running away and starting a new life with her baby and her baby’s father, but little does she know, motherhood isn’t as easy as she expected and not everyone will stay by her side to support her.

  •  Did this book hold your attention? Yes
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? It wasn’t what I was expecting but it was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a typical book about teen motherhood, but instead I got a realistic view of the difficulties of being a teen parent.
  •  Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: I think it was fairly suitable.  There was a bit of talk about sex, but nothing too explicit. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? Yes, I did like it.  It was very interesting to read about the journey this young girl had to partake and the obstacles she had to encounter. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example. Teenage girls. to show them to be very careful  because teen pregnancy is a very difficult thing to go through.
  •  Is this a stand-alone book, or is it part of a series? It’s a stand-alone book.
  •  Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? Yes. The cover has a picture of a woman playfully lifting a young infant into the air, which demonstrates love and compassion, much like the main character demonstrates towards her child.

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