{Review+Texts} Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow

April 30, 2012 Blog Tours, Guest Post, Reviews 9

Pages: 290
Publication Date: April 16th 2012 by theEDGEbooks.com
Age Group: YA
Source: ARC for blog tour
Series: You & Me trilogy #1
Challenge(s): Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,  Just Contemporary challenge,  ABC challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn’t supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her.  

I feel like I don’t read enough contemporaries. I have enjoyed most of the ones that I have read, so I have no idea why I don’t read more of them. Saving You, Saving, Me is a gritty, real story. And I love that it’s going to be a trilogy. I genuinely connected with and like the characters, something that is not as easy as it seems lately. Their story is complex and I feel like we are watching it unfold in real time, which is pretty cool!

What I liked the most about Saving You, Saving Me is that you get a lot of backstory on the main characters, but it doesn’t feel like you are just reading about it. It is folded into the main story so nicely! And I like that it was really the story of a few different people. It wasn’t all just about Sam, or all just about Collins. They each shared the stage. Kailin Gow really did a great job balancing all the characters and their own personal stories.

Sam is beautiful but she doesn’t seem caught up in her looks at all. It was refreshing because so many people were obviously interested in her and she never lets it go to her ego. But she wasn’t a mary sue(or is it mary jane? I can never remember) by any means. She was dealing with some issues for sure. After all, she is only human. Collins has more than his fair share of issues. When we first met, I wasn’t his biggest fan- but he grew on me as the story progressed.

Overall, Saving You, Saving Me is a really good contemporary. I thought it was an engaging and enjoyable read. I loved the way the plot was laid out and the characters are the real superstar of the story. The writing was good, but there were a few issues with tenses not matching up and a couple clumsy sentences. But I had an ARC of the book so they just might be minor things with that. I really liked Saving You, Saving Me and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book to see what will happen! If you have read the book, what did you think of it?

3.5/5 Gavels

And now I have a cool text message conversation between the two main characters in Saving You, Saving Me- Sam and Collins. Enjoy! 🙂

TEXTs between Collins McGregor and Sam Sullivan from SAVING YOU SAVING ME™

Collins McGregor is 24 and a music mogul with blonde hair, icy blue eyes, high cheekbones, sensual lips, loads of charm, and good looks. He has a penchant for John Lobb shoes, drives an Aston Martin, and can be extremely generous.  He can be intimidating one moment, yet vulnerable and sweet the next moment. There is no question about him being in charge.  But with wiser than her years high school Valedictorian Samantha Sullivan, a girl whose innocence matches his worldliness, Collins McGregor, the playboy music mogul may have just met his match.
TEXT between Collins McGregor and Samantha Sullivan
Collins McGregor
I see, Miss Sullivan, you don’t think highly of my, uh, activities.  If you join me, I’m sure I can change your mind.
Sam Sullivan
Mr. McGregor,  I don’t know why you think I’d like to join you in whatever activity you have in mind.  I find you arrogant, smug, much too handsome and intimidating to go around asking me something like that. 
Collins McGregor
Don’t you see, Miss Sullivan, there is something about you that makes me think you and I need each other.  I don’t know what it is, but from the moment I saw you, something in me snapped. Believe me, you’re not my type at all, and if I can choose to walk away right now, I would.
Samantha Sullivan
But…you can’t?
Collins McGregor
I can’t.  Clear and simple.
Sam Sullivan
I can’t walk away from you, too, Mr. McGregor.  Clear and simple.
So there’s just a little bit of the texting going on between Sam and Collins.  This is the initial stages of their relationship. 
About the author:
Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. Her most popular series are:  The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more.  A full-time author, she is also a producer, having worked in radio, television, and film.  She grew up in Southern California, lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.
Facebook: http://Facebook.com/KailinGowBooks

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9 Responses to “{Review+Texts} Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow”

  1. Candace Hawkins

    Collins and Sam are so adorable! I always love the way the communicate with each other even outside of texting.

    I’ve read SYSM and absolutely loved it. I liked how Sam didn’t let the attention of the men go to her head, too; that’s always a sign of a strong character to me.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    Finally your blog wasn’t letting me comment. How does Gow do it? Write so many books is she a clone? I think this might be fun but I don’t think that people would spell everything out like that in a text or am I just being petty?

  3. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I LOVED the text messages between them! That was funny and cute. Sounds like an interesting love story. Sam and Collinns both seem very different so I am curious to see their relationship develop and what all secrets Collins has.

  4. Sophia Rose

    This does have a different feel to it from the usual contemporary. I would definitely give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  5. bookbitereviews

    OMG this seriously sounds like the best book ever! I need to go read this!! Thank you so much for the review and texts. The texts are what got me for sure =D

  6. Tiffany Mahaffy

    I LOVED this book as well!! It was so emotion packed and tackled so many issues that people deal with all the time. Love the little text feature 🙂

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