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Saving Sailor: A Quirky Girl, A Faithful Dog, andOne Unforgettable Summer Paperback – May 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing (May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589190912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589190917
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,478,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SC'sLola on May 15 2010
Format: Paperback
This might have been a cute book, but the author tried too hard to be cutsie, so that she ended up with an unnaturally forced cutsie. She also tried too hard for the quirky, making it an unnaturally forced fakey quirky. I really love coming of age books told from the kid's point of view if the kids come off as real and natural, but this one was just forced, false, fake, and phony. The forced and phony might have been tolerable since the saccharine fakey stuff decreased as the author got more into the story, but what was with all that disgusting ridiculousness about the kid's faked Southern accent and her even more ridiculously idiotic mother pretending to be Sophia Loren? Since those were the lamest parts of the story, naturally the sadistic author felt obligated to repeat them over and over ad nauseum, just to torture the poor reader, when just once would have been more than enough. Rename Renee Riva Jack Bauer. Take away the horribly idiotic junk about Sophia Loren and the Southern accent (excuse me, I must pause to puke at the very thought of them) and you would have had a book worth reading. However, these idiotic parts started to really grate after awhile, like chalk squeaking on a blackboard, and it's hard to enjoy a book that makes your teeth hurt. Oddly enough, I will probably read the next books since the author seemed to improve once she caught her stride, so that by the next book the kid may not try so hard to be obnoxiously quirky, and she appears to have figured out how obnoxiously idiotic the fake accent is, so maybe the severely mentally-impaired mother can figure it out as well. If all this is true, the next books could be pretty good. However, if the obnoxiously idiotic mother does Sophia Loren again ...naah, no sadist could be that cruel--Renee Riva should be water-boarded with red sauce.
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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful
A funny, sweet, coming-of-age story. Oct. 12 2008
By Novel Teen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Saving Sailor by Renée Riva takes the reader to Indian Lake, Idaho 1968 where A.J. Degulio and her family spend every summer. A.J. loves hanging out in the canoe with Sailor, her dog, and drifting. She torments her family by speaking in a Southern accent, even though she's Italian.

Another family is spending the summer at the lake and A.J. meets her soul mate, Danny Morgan, who shares her love of star-gazing and God. But Danny's family is falling apart. His father's had an affair and Danny just knows his mom will forgive him again. A tragedy causes everyone to look at how precious life is and consider that God can change even the hardest hearts when forgiveness is offered.

Saving Sailor is a wonderful story about a girl just loving life. A.J. is funny and smart and I enjoyed her hysterical moments in catechism classes and her mother's impersonating Sophia Lauren and giving autographs to the public. What a funny, sweet, and heartwarming story.

Highly recommended.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Sweet Sailor June 4 2007
By Susanna Aughtmon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It was cleverly written with humor and lots of heart. I loved AJ and the story took me back to my own sweet childhood summers. It is a must read for those who love summer, driftin' on a lake and sharing all that is good in the world with your dog and crazy family.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting - We Need More Books Like This One... July 1 2008
By VRWC - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the most enjoyable, happy, comforting novel I've read since I was young. A far cry from most books written today that are either about dysfunctional relationships, shallow mean-spirited friendships, or just general self-absorption. The characters are well developed and the humor is lovely. I adored the mom, Sophia, whose positive outlook is a real treat. I plan on having my 11 year-old read it as well. I hope there are many more stories coming from Ms. Riva...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant July 26 2012
By The Slightly Put Out Hatter - Published on
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I don't like children's stories. Even as a child, I didn't want to read about children. "Why would I want to read about what I already am?" I thought in my young wisdom. And now, now that I'm all growed up, reading about childhood when logic was faulty, dependence was everything and the world was so small, seems akin to putting my own head down the toilet and hitting the flush lever.

That being said, I loved this book. Really. Absolutely. The main character is not a typical child, caught in trivialities that make you want to roll your eyes and stuff your finger down your throat as you are forced to reflect on the old adage, "Youth is wasted on the young." Young A.J. is an inquisitive and thoughtful girl. The author has captured innocence and whimsy without washing it over with stupidity or pettiness. Her parents aren't blustering morons or enemies, but clever and amusing people who are decent, devoted and loving. Everyone here has their faults, but their personalities and characters pull them through everything. Fall in love with A.J., with her dog Sailor, her wacky father, eccentric mother and even the most obnoxious cousins on the planet. Even after you've finished reading it, you'll find that Sailor is indeed still worth saving.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Summer Read! May 23 2007
By Michele - Published on
Format: Paperback
You will laugh, you will cry. This well written book will draw you in and leaving you wanting more. The main character, A.J. will add sunshine to your summer. Riva's wonderful sense of humor will have you rolling.