Guest Blogger: Kylie, Grade 10
Setting(Time): modern times- 2000s
Setting (Place): Southport, North Carolina
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
I would rate Safe Haven with five stars because it is a book that constantly intrigues the reader, making it difficult to put down. The main idea of the story is one that is darker than most of Nicholas Sparks’ books, however it opens the readers ideas to a situation that could happen to them, even if no one thinks it will. The reader sees how to overcome the problem and how love is the leading force. Romance novels are my favorite genre to read, so I enjoyed discovering how the relationship between the main character and the man she meets unfolded.
As an attempt to escape her alcoholic, abusive husband, Erin forms a completely new identity, changing her name to Katie. She journeys to Seaport, North Carolina seeking a new life, trying hard to leave her dark past behind her. After some time of being there, Katie meets a single father of two, Alex. She forms close bonds with his children and slowly gives in to a powerful internal force: love.
Living in a small cabin in the woods, Katie has only one neighbor, Jo. She is a single woman who seems to keep Katie close by her side; however, Jo has an incredible secret.
Katie’s life seems to figure itself out and escape her terrifying past, but just as Katie develops new relationships and a new life, her past creeps up on her, destroying everything she has in Seaport.
“She didn’t have a television, a radio, a cell phone, or a microwave or even a car, and she could pack all her belongings in a single bag. She was twenty-seven years old, a former long-haired blond with no real friends. She’d moved here with almost nothing, and months later she still had little. She saved half of her tips and every night she folded the money into a coffee can she kept hidden in the crawl space beneath the porch. She kept that money for emergencies and would rather go hungry than touch it. Simply the knowledge that it was there made her breathe easier because the past was always around her and might return at any time…”
Most young adult females would enjoy reading this book. It is a typical romance novel, although there is a darker side to it. If the reader is interesting in love stories with constant twists and turns in the plot, then they will like this book The main focus is love; it is unlikely that young children or boys who have no interest in the topic will grasp the true concepts the book provides. I feel others should read this book because although it is a romance novel, the messages and lessons of the story are deeper than just a sappy love story. It is a heavy topic, but one that opened my eyes to a problem that occurs more and more frequently in the world today. And the book proves that no matter how dark and evil life may seem, love is the light shining through.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten