Goodreads Book Description:
Life is sweet for
Katherine Langley. A freshman at the University of Virginia, she is free
from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to
focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the
hottest fraternity on campus, and her new roommate, Emma, is beautiful
and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour.
She is also a psychopath.
When Katherine’s obsessive-compulsive
overprotective brother succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously
off-track, Katherine must save Ben from himself. Lives are threatened
and someone disappears on New Year’s Day. The only evidence left: a
single set of footprints in the snow.
From the university campus
to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Virginia, Saving Ben is a haunting
tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Review: Saving
Ben by Ashley Farely is a new adult book, taking place during college
years, a time in which I have a special place in my heart. The book
stars Katherine, who seems to have it all-- a wealthy lifestyle and a
brother who dotes on her. But her parents have their own issues and have
been distant, and she is excited to get out of her brother's protective
eye. She joins him at UVA as a freshman, and meets her gorgeous and
seemingly perfect roommate, Emma, who slowly shows her true colors the
longer she is around. To make matters worse, she has Ben under her
spell, and things slowly fall apart. Then Emma goes missing.
first half of this book was completely riveting. I loved the setup of
the book, which while not the most new idea (it reminds me of Poison Ivy
and a couple of other movies where the crazy girl wants to take over
another girl's life), the setting, atmosphere, and strong
characterization of Katherine, her brother, and their friends, made it
unique in its own way. The second half was less strong, but had some
great twists, and I think it ended plot wise the only way it could.
main issue with this book is that the second half seemed a lot more
telling instead of showing, which was more dramatically seen for me,
since the first half did not have this issue. Because of this, a
particular relationship that occurs did not have the same impact that it
probably should have.
That said, I raced through this book from
cover to cover, and it was a very strong first novel. I think that
Farley will just get better and better.
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