Review: He Saved Me by Whitney Barbetti
About the Book: This is the second book in a two part series, and the conclusion to Andra and Julian’s story.
I’ve come to understand that I’ll always find her. She’s my north star, my sense of direction. In her, I’ve found my home. She tells me I saved her. But the truth is, she saved me.
But nothing good can ever last. Andra’s keeping secrets. She’s holding something back. I’m trying, desperately, to anchor her. To let me in, to let me help.
But will all my efforts end up with a ghost of a girl I love?
I’m used to disappearing. Vanishing into thin air, without a trace of who I’ve been or where I’ve gone.
But it’s so much harder to do with a broken heart and no hope for a happy ending. Sometimes the only people who can put all the pieces of us back together are the ones we least expect to. That’s what Julian did for me.
Julian found me. But now, all Six wants is to keep me locked up, away from the world, away from the Monster. I can’t live like that. It’s not living at all. Because I still have unfinished business.
And I’m going to make sure the Monster gets what’s coming to him.
Review: This book is the second of two out right now, He Found Me and He Saved Me. The story begins with Julian in the hospital with Andra and then reverts back to where first book, He Found Me, left off. I knew that by reading this story, I was going to be more emotionally involved and I was happy to be right. In this sequel, Andra has to make a choice of whether she wants to run again or if she wants to stay and fight the Monster AKA Hawthorne. She is with Julian now throughout this entire story so she seems to have a little more confidence in relinquishing her past and finding her freedom again. The emergence of a new character, Mira, comes into the picture so that the reader can formulate their own opinion about her and Six’s relationship. What I related to most in this story is the need for freedom. In He Found Me, my emotions were highly engaged every step of the way as if I were there in her world feeling her happiness, sadness, fear, grief, love, and hatred that battled within. But she wasn’t truly free because she knew that she would have to pack up and run at any given time. This time, I was challenged and intrigued by Julian and his feelings. Andra was still providing mostly her point of view but the reader is really able to catch all of the feelings that Julian shares with Andra. And yes, I cried like a baby until I read closer to the end and then cried some more because it had the perfect conclusion. The pace of the story was perfect and did not leave room for any confusion or loss of interest. In He Found Me, I fell in love with Julian’s character right away; Whitney couldn’t have portrayed a better image. However, in He Saved Me, I really empathized with Mira. She is this strong new character coming into Andra’s life because of her ties to Six. She has courage and attitude which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am still interested in her story yet to come but my heart reached out for her the most in this book. My overall impression of He Saved Me is extremely positive. I was able to relate to all of the emotions and all of the truth behind the story and it’s core meaning. I absolutely recommend this to all of my club members because it is truly a book that engages your mind. He Found Me was wonderful but He Saved Me was mind-blowing. This is the best story that I have read this year and I am ecstatic about Six and Mira’s story in Ten Feet Under.
About the Author: Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we’re just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.
I am married with two boys. When I’m not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don’t even like coffee. I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite. I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope. I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.