Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review: This Side of Salvation by: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: April 1, 2014
from Simon Pulse
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined..."

My Thoughts:

This book is very hard for me to review. I really really enjoyed it, but I really just don’t know where to begin or what to say about it. This book is very different from anything I have ever read before and that is part of what made me enjoy it so much. The characters are great and the story really gets under your skin.

David is a great voice to read from and I really liked him. He has dealt with a lot of grief in his life and my heart breaks for him. His family is broken and he just doesn’t know how to get through to them anymore. I struggled with his parents a lot. Mostly because I didn’t like the way they treated their children. I felt as if they did not come first for them, and they should. While I liked David, I have to say my favorite character was Mara. I’m not really sure what exactly it was about her, but there was something. Maybe it’s because she named her cat after Tod from Soul Screamers or maybe it is just because she is very strong and independent, but there was definitely something.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the relationships. This book explores different kind of relationships and how they affect you. You have David and Bailey’s relationship which is really sweet. I loved it because they didn’t always agree, but they never pushed each other to believe something they would have been uncomfortable with. Then there is David’s relationship with his parents, which is strained to say the least, but he still loved them and is willing to do a lot to help them. And then there is David’s relationship with his sister Mara, which was my favorite. I loved how supportive they were of one another and that they could always count on one another despite their sometimes differing beliefs. 

This Side of Salvation is just an all-around good read. It’s not something I would normally pick up, but I am very glad I did. This author has never let me down before, and This Side of Salvation was no exception. It’s a beautiful Young Adult Contemporary read.


  1. I love JSR's books and can't believe I haven't even thought about this one. It is way out of the norm, book-wise, and I'm sure she does a great job.
    Thanks for the review!

  2. The romance sounds great as well as David's character

  3. Oh, I hate it when a story has crappy parents. I'm on the fence about this one bc I'm not sure it's my kind of read, but I do love Jeri and her writing. I might have to give it a try.

  4. Should I admit that I've never read JSR's books? I know - total fail. I want to read them. That annoying thing called time always gets in the way.

    This one sounds interesting. I think I'd like David. I struggle with idiot parents in books too. Poor David. Great review.

  5. This one does sound like something I'd enjoy too. I'm so glad you enjoyed book that isn't something you usually read. It's amazing when it happens. Now I have to check out this one :) Great review, Teresa :)

  6. I have never heard/seen this book around. I like the sound of the main character and his voice. And I hate when I read a story with crappy parents.. It is also interesting that the book deals with many types of relationships; I like that! I definitely will have to check this one out!

    Great review, Teresa! You are awesome <-- I always have to remind you, just in case you forget ;)

  7. It may have been a hard book to review, but you did it fabulously!! This is going on my list, and it sounds like just the type of read I need. Well done, Wifey! Love this review, and I love YOU xo


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