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Saving Daisy

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  240 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Saving Daisy is the second critically novel by Phil Earle

***HEROIC, Phil Earle's hugely anticipated third novel is out on 24 April 2013***

Daisy's mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it. As far as Daisy's concerned, it's all her fault. As her life starts to spiral out of control, panic leads to tragedy and Daisy's left alone.

But sometimes the kindness of a stranger c
Paperback, 339 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Penguin
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Jul 31, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing

Can I just leave it at that?
Can we just call that my review?

No? You want more? God, sometimes you are the most demanding readers ever.

You will know by now how much I loved Being Billy by Phil Earle so I was practically chomping at the bit to read his next book. Saving Daisy tells the story of Daisy Houghton, who you will know if you’ve read Billy’s story. I’ve been thinking about how to class Saving Daisy and I’m failing miserably. I wouldn’t call it a sequel and, you know… I wouldn
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
The first thing that I'm going to say about this book is simply 'Wow'. I didn't know much about this book when I picked it up, only that I liked Daisy's character in Being Billy, Earle's debut novel. I could see a lot of potential and depth in Daisy from her appearance in Being Billy and this book certainly reached and topped that potential. This is a sort-of prequel to that, though it is a standalone, and so it's not necessary to read Being Billy before you pick this one up.

It is very clear fro
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Jan 22, 2012 SJH (A Dream of Books) rated it really liked it
'Saving Daisy' is an emotionally charged and powerful read from the British author of 'Being Billy'. Be warned now that you'll need to have a box of tissues beside you while you're reading this book because it will rip your heart out.

Phil Earle's writing is unflinchingly honest. He's not afraid to tackle difficult or emotive topics such as death and bereavement, rape, bullying, drinking and other such issues. His background as a care worker is obvious here when reading about the main character D
Jan 18, 2012 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! It's An Inspirational, Moving, Devastating Story That Made Me Realise How Lucky I Am...
I cried, I laughed, I loved, I grieved. Saving Daisy was an emotional roller-coaster – one I adored and was sad to leave. Or, more precisely, I was heartbroken to leave Daisy: I really, really loved her and Ade too.
Daisy never knew her Mum. Her Dad won’t – can’t – talk about her. In Daisy’s eyes, it was her fault.
As the fear, the misplaced guilt over her Mum’s death gets stronger and stronger; her ways of coping become violent, extreme. But the one person she decides to trust does something the
Shaz Goodwin
Jan 04, 2012 Shaz Goodwin rated it it was amazing
Having met Daisy in Phil Earle’s Being Billy I was eager to find out her story. I have to say I haven’t been disappointed … Daisy’s life is just as intense and gripping as Billy’s was!

The prologue really does hook the reader in – you want to know if Daisy really did what she said or was it a misconception?

The first part of Saving Daisy we get to understand the relationship she has with her dad and learn about the strategy she’s developed of seeming to belong with her peers while holding herself
Argh. This is one of those books. One of those impossibly difficult to review, yet utterly brilliant books which I absolutely loved. Just thinking about reading Saving Daisy makes my heart ache a little. So, I’m going to try and review it. But in case I just ramble on incoherently, my basic advice to everyone is; just read this book.

From the prologue, we knew something would happen to Daisy’s dad. I wasn’t expecting to be quite as affected as I was, not because it related to anything that’s happ
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Since reading the fabulous Being Billy I have been looking forward to reading Daisy's story. Now that I have, Phil Earle has truly cemented himself as an author I will read simply because his name is on the cover. I absolutely loved it.

The events of Saving Daisy take place before Being Billy making this a prequel of sorts. I loved finding out all about Daisy and having the story told from her point of view - I adored her in Being Billy and loved her even more after reading this. One of the thing
Alice (The Reader Room)
Mar 30, 2012 Alice (The Reader Room) rated it really liked it
Daisy's story is an incredibly emotional, devastating and uplifting novel. It had me in floods of tears out of sadness and happiness. I hasn't felt quite so emotional over a book in a long time.

Earle has a tragically beautiful writing style. It is gritty and raw and brutally honest. I haven't read his first novel Being Billy but after finishing Saving Daisy I can't wait to.

When starting the novel I has absolutely no idea where it was going to go. There were so many possibilities and I wasn't abl
Zoe Hall
Jul 12, 2015 Zoe Hall rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Absolutely astonishing read. Maybe because I'm at that right age to appreciate Daisy's turmoil, I felt like I connected with her, however I have never been through anything that Daisy has been through. I love books like this, especially because my passion is working with children and families. One day I'd like to be like Ade. Although I have never personally experienced what Daisy has, I have known people with certain similar traits or who have experienced some of what Daisy has. Phil Earle has ...more
Serendipity Reviews
Jan 23, 2012 Serendipity Reviews rated it it was amazing
Phil Earle is not an author to hold back. When he writes, he takes hold of real issues that affect teenagers and thrusts them into awareness. Saving Daisy is a gut wrenching, gritty realistic read that pulls no punches. Phil writes about real life issues we try and forget exist.

Saving Daisy is a companion novel to Being Billy, which I really enjoyed reading last year. With Phil's books you feel bad, saying you enjoyed them because they deal with children in care who suffer, but Phil really bring
Mar 16, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Being Billy was one of the first books I reviewed in 2011 and definitely one of my favourites. I waited patiently allllll through 2011 for Saving Daisy and I finally managed to get my hands on a copy just before Christmas. I loved Being Billy so much, so I had massively high expectations for Saving Daisy. Did it deliver? Abso-bloody-lutely.

We met Daisy in Being Billy so already know that she's a strong, funny, brave character when we follow her story in Saving Daisy. However, instead of picking
Wee Shubba's World
Jan 24, 2012 Wee Shubba's World rated it really liked it

Saving Daisy is a tale of one young girls struggle to overcome the guilt she feels for her mothers death. Suffering from panic attack the only way she can control her emotions is by self harming. She can't talk to her dad about it and ends up seeking comfort in the new teacher Mr. Hodson who seems to care about Daisy. However, pretty soon her life is torn apart and she finds herself at Bellfield, a therapeutic community. There she has a chance to be saved
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted at Fluttering Butterflies

I read Saving Daisy by Phil Earle at the start of the year and I've found it very difficult between then and now to put how I felt about the book into words. Reading this book felt like such an emotional experience. My heart absolutely ached for poor Daisy, who goes through such terrible things throughout this novel, but I'm really happy to have ended the book smiling through my tears, as this book is also filled with such hope.

We first
Annmarie Ager
Dec 22, 2011 Annmarie Ager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviewed
Best books review.
Daisy is 14 years old and is not coping with her mother's death daisy blames herself for it. Over the coming weeks, she finds herself having panic attacks and using self-harming to clear her head and stop the attacks. Daisy’s dad will not open up and talk to her so daisy is left feeling alone. A mix of heart braking events leave daisy fatherless and broken inside. Unable to open up and talk about what’s going on Daisy is moved onto a place that will help her cope but will dais
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Saving Daisy is one of the books I have been looking forward to for month now and I am pleased to say it lived up to all expectations and I enjoyed it as much, if not more than, I enjoyed Being Billy.

The thing I loved about this book the most was Daisy. She is so brilliantly raw and realistic. I could see so much of her in kids I teach. She's this fragile bundle of emotional damage wrapped up in an overwhelming amount of guilt. As you follow her through all the various things she goes through yo
Jan 21, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Fourteen-year-old Daisy tries to blend in as much as possible so she doesn't draw attention to herself. She blames herself for her mum's death and sometimes she thinks her dad blames her too. Daisy has her own way of dealing with this. She has to release the panic by cutting herself. If that wasn't enough to cope with, another tragedy leaves Daisy orphaned and full of guilt. She needs help and there's one person struggled to do so. But Daisy can't be saved until she's ready.

The main thing I love
LH Johnson
Jan 14, 2014 LH Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, gritty
Daisy is trying to hold onto the life she has, but each and every day sees her losing her grip on it just a little bit. And when the worst of things happen, when tragedy strikes, she has to decide whether she sinks or swims. Or, to be fair, it's not a question of decision. She really doesn't know whether she can survive this.

Guilt is the hardest of things.

Earle's powerful, precise prose makes this an almost unbearably hooky read. I couldn't stop. It's shot throughout with an ineffable truth. De
May 17, 2012 Coral rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Daisy is a 14 year old girl who blames herself for the death of her mother and she starts to self harm in order to relieve herself of panic attacks. After another tragedy Daisy also blames herself and is taken to a place called Bellfield in order to help her cope, but in order for Daisy to overcome what has happened and to learn that she isnt to blame for what has happened, she needs to open up and trust the people who are there to help her.

I really enjoyed reading saving daisy and couldn't put
Dec 31, 2014 Penny rated it really liked it
Phil Earle is really good at setting up his character with an intriguing prologue that raises all sorts of questions in the reader's mind. What does Daisy mean, did she really kill her Mum? How can a person ever get past that?
Daisy herself is an engaging character, and her voice sounds authentic - quite a feat for a male writer. As we follow Daisy on her journey, we learn much more about her and the circumstances that lead her to her position in the prologue.
This is a thoughtful, satisfying read
Molly Fabulous
Jun 22, 2014 Molly Fabulous rated it it was amazing
Undoubtably one of the best books I've ever read. I've been through most of the issues Daisy goes though (our story is very similar) I think the author has written it amazingly and it's very accurate. It really captures the mind of a young teenage girl who is consumed with guilt and depression. It's very well crafted and it really gets you hooked. However I would say that there is a lot of self harm details which could possibly be triggering to some people, but it is an amazing book and it kept ...more
May 18, 2015 Stefanie rated it liked it
I liked the story. The thing with the teacher was kind of obvious but I'm glad it didn't go too far. All the characters seemed very flat. Daisy - angst and movies, Dad - movies and ignoring the obvious etc. Better rounded characters would have made a better book, although saying that I loved Ade and thought the ending there was going to turn out drastically different. Speaking of the ending... It seemed very incomplete, no closure was given.
Saving Daisy is a really intriguing (and deep) book about a girl trying to get her thought straight after the death f both her parents (both of which she blames on herself). It is a thought provoking and unputdownable* book which I love.
I would recommend Saving Daisy to all teenagers.

*unputdownable- well, its kinda self explanatory...
Jun 06, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
possibly the greatest book i have ever read. the ending is perfect, i love how gradually daisy changes. the sequel is being billy which is less entertaining if you spend two years screwing around before actually reading the book (guess who did that? :P). anyway, you should totally read it since itll probably make you cry.
Princess Alaa
Feb 06, 2013 Princess Alaa rated it it was amazing
in being billy daisy was really interesting and also mysterious making a book about her only was really a good move even though i would have preferred seeing it from billy's point of view but still this was an amazing book and daisy is a one of a kind character
Marianne Brouwer
Nov 29, 2015 Marianne Brouwer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heel goed en inlevend geschreven. Ik krijg zoveel meer begrip voor probleemjongeren hierdoor. Ik vind dat het boek heel mooi Daisy haar moeizame proces laat zien om mentaal sterker en gezonder te worden.
Nov 27, 2012 Zahra rated it really liked it

I loved this book. It was just wow! I could relate to it somehow and it was nice and short and it didn't take that long to read it was really good
Apr 04, 2015 Clodagh rated it it was amazing
Really interesting book, that I didn't want to put down. I really simithised with the characters and was brought into there world
Rebecca McNutt
This book was much better than I'd anticipated, and it was very original too. Definitely a story worth reading. :)
Dave Cousins
Another great piece of writing from Phil Earle. Difficult subjects handled with skill, honesty and warmth.
Laura Taylor
May 27, 2013 Laura Taylor rated it it was ok
Brilliant and gripping first half but found the second half too much like a social worker's case load.
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Phil was born in Hull in 1974, and he studied English and Drama at Hull University. He worked for a year as a carer in a children’s home, then after training as a drama therapist, he worked in a therapeutic community in London, which cared for multiply abused adolescents. Then, changing tack completely, he chose a marginally more sedate life as a children’s bookseller. It was here that he develope ...more
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