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Saving Sailor [Paperback]

Renee Riva
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Book Description

May 1 2007

The year is 1968. After spending the first half of summer vacation driving her Italian family crazy with her fake southern accent, A.J. finds a soul mate on the other side of the island to divert her attention. She is intrigued to learn that Danny shares her same burning desire to know the God who holds the stars in the heavens and realizes that few people her age think as deeply as the two of them do. However, the depth of their newfound faith and friendship is soon tested when Danny's father betrays his wife, Stella. Set in a simpler time, Saving Sailor is a heartwarming tale of how hearts can change and relationships can be restored with God's help.

Features and Benefits
  • Riva's writing and A.J.'s unique, offbeat narration will delight readers
  • This tale, set in a simpler time, about a big, loving Italian family and quirky A.J.'s childlike faith will warm reader's hearts.
  • Readers love coming-of-age stories, especially this one that explores the power that faith, hope, and love have to restore relationships.

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2.0 out of 5 stars How to ruin a potentially great story May 15 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, sweet, coming-of-age story. Oct. 12 2008
By Novel Teen - Published on
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.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Sailor June 4 2007
By Susanna Aughtmon - Published on
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.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting - We Need More Books Like This One... July 1 2008
By VRWC - Published on
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...
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! May 23 2007
By Michele - Published on
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Renee! Aug. 5 2007
By DJ - Published on
Delightful. Poignant. God bless the day a stranger stopped by our "summer palace" as she called it, and left a copy of her book as a thank you! Thank YOU Renee! I'll be passing this book along to my loved ones!
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