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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  866 ratings  ·  126 reviews
A smart, unexpected romance from an award-winning author.

Salvador Resendez--Salva to his friends--appears to have it all. His Mexican immigrant family has high expectations, and Salva intends to fulfill them. He's student body president, quarterback of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone loves him.

Especially Beth Courant, AKA the walking disaster area.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Speak
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Anne Osterlund
Sep 10, 2012 Anne Osterlund rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Quirky Thoughts From the Author:

I first met Salva and Beth in the middle of a collision. Papers, pencils, the contents of Beth’s backpack, and point of view everywhere!

Yet neither of them bothered to introduce themselves. Oh, no; they were both far too busy telling me about each other. According to her, he was one of those “patronizing--and annoying--organized people.” And according to him, she was “the walking disaster area.”

There was plenty of evidence to support both claims. Though I got no n
A. Bookzilla.
Well, well, well.
Here's a little gem I didn't expect.

First I have to gush about the cover. I love meaningful covers. And meaningful titles that actually relate to the story.

Beth and Salvador are a very unlikely couple. She's basically a wallflower, a bookish, smart and silent girl that has had a crush on Salva for four plus years. But behind her quiet demeanor is a fierce, passionate young woman with strong beliefs. I loved the effect she had on Salva, the way she was always making him be the be
Jan 24, 2013 Jude rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Salvation is Anne Osterlund's first Contemporary YA novel, and for it being her debut in the genre I think it is excellent. First, I was really impressed with how Osterlund really captured the pressure and struggles many Mexican families have to go through. Being a Mexican myself, I found it incredibly easy to sympathize with Salvador, and I really think that everyone will be able to relate to him.

Salvador is a really smart boy, he has done everything that was expected of him. He is the golden b
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Dec 24, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those looking for diversity in YA fiction
My very favorite thing about Salvation is the subject matter. As we readers know, YA fiction tends to focus on a particular type of character: white and upper middle class. Sure, there's nothing wrong with those sorts of character, but there are a lot more types of people in the world, and fiction is meant to reflect life.

In Salvation, both of the main characters, Salva and Beth are both very poor, but very bright, standing a chance to get out of their town, where most people work at the onion f
This was so disappointing. Maybe when I have calmed down and stopped sobbing over just how betrayed I felt that this book kinda sucked, I will be able to actually write a review.

First off, the setting. So modern. Very different. Not a bad thing by itself. But with all these "modern" characters that are so...ugh. I mean, all of them are or at one time (except Beth) have been sleeping around. They're crude and annoying. Not very likable.

Salva and his friends are Catholic though they sure as shoot
For me, while this wasn't an issue book, it was a very powerful read. And an important one. The thing that really hit me hard and made me think so much was that Salva is from an immigrant family. His parents got Visa's so they're legal, but they don't necessarily have anything easy. His father works incredibly hard so that Salva can study hard and be the best he can be. And Salva is the head of the class, the most popular, the smartest, the class president... the list goes on. But Salva's mother ...more
Dunja *a chain reader*
Salvation is a YA romance novel, but it is so much more. It goes so beyond: boy meets girl, they fall in love, they overcome all the obstacles … happy end. A foremost because it is dealing with some really important contemporary social issues; like immigrants and their status and position in USA.

Salvation is not just a YA romance novel; it is also a coming of age story, story about prejudices. It is also the story about reaching your full potentials and that fear is the worst restrain mechanism
Anu CN
ok! dat was different!
and definitely NOTHING like the 'Perfect Chemistry' series i was expecting!

it was more than just romance
it was more about Salva and his struggle to find his 'salvation'
story line is pretty neat
dint go as i predicted at all
so it ensured i read through the entire book just to know what happens next
Beth and Salva were really cute
i really hope the long distance works for them

that being said, as much as i try to ignore it or stay in denial, the book lacked the 'oomph' factor
i m
Emily (Falling for YA)
My favorite thing about the novel was that the ending came out of nowhere. It was not at all what I was expecting and just as I was getting to know the characters and what to expect Osterlund changed the game and made me reevaluate everything. It is writing like this that takes me completely by surprise that I fall in love with and I think that is why I loved Salvation so much, it took me by surprise.

The book centers around Beth described as the “walking disaster area” and Salvador “Salva” who i
I’m a big fan of Anne Osterlund. I’ve read all of her other novels and truly enjoy them. She is a talented writer and I’m always completely engrossed in her stories. While Salvation was beautifully written, I didn’t connect with the story or the characters as much as I usually do in Osterlund’s novels.

I loved the concept of the story. Two very different characters, both working diligently to overcome personal obstacles and better their lives, and falling in love in the process. They were both ve
Zoe and the Edge
Jan 31, 2013 Zoe and the Edge rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Zoe and the Edge by: A. Bookzilla.
Shelves: ya, romance
Life was unfair, and sometimes that wasn't a bad thing.

This is such a gorgeous story. Salva and Beth are both smart. They both want to make something more for themselves and are extremely poor. They both have harsh parents. They share a lot in common but at school they're at opposite ends of the social hierarchy. Their romance moves slowly and skips large sections of time. I was okay with that.

Salva is a high-achiever. He excels in academics, sports, and in the looks department. He's Mexican.
Jan 24, 2013 Naty rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans de YA
Shelves: first-reads, ya
Debo confesar que ‘Salvation’ es el primer libro que he leído de Anne Osterlund, pero definitivamente no será el último. Cuando me inscribí al Giveaway de Goodreads no esperaba ni por asomo ser la ganadora y mucho menos encontrar en este libro una historia mundana y a la vez devastadoramente hermosa que me absorbió desde el inicio.

El libro nos presenta la historia, a primera vista bastante cliché, de Salvador Resendez y Beth Courant. Él, un quarterback estrella, amado por todos; y ella, una tím
Wow this book left me speechless. It was just amazing.

The connection with the characters was immediate, i could feel their emotions. When Salva and Beth had to do the scene in the school cafeteria my tummy was twisting with nerves as I was there with them, and when a book can make you feel this way it's really worth reading.

I've read all of Anne Osterlund books and I loved every one of them.
Nothing like Spanish phrases mingled with an adorable love story to snuggle with on a warm January day.

There's just something about Mexican characters. Whether it's the lingo, their swagger, their passionate nature or the food (my stomach growled in that scene where Salva's sister makes tamales - yum!!) but they're a winning part of any book. 'Salvation' was no exception :D

Review to come :)
Liz Fichera
Sweet but dealt with some serious issues. I got totally swept up into Salva and Beth's love story. What happens next?? This story needs a sequel.
When I first saw the cover of Salvation and read the synopsis, I knew that this was a story that I had to read. This story was about Salva, and his life experiences that lead him to a journey of self-discovery, and self-realization about the person he wanted to be, and the person that he had to be. His whole life, Salva had been looked up to, and respected by both his peers, and his elders. He was a people pleaser, and most important in his life, was to make his father proud by fulfilling his fa ...more
I am already a big fan of Ms. Osterlund's books. I not only buy a copy for myself but I buy copies for the library where I work. One of the best things about Osterlund's writing is I have no problem recommending her books to both the teens I work with or their parents. She has a way of writing amazing chemistry between the main characters while keeping them PG friendly.

That being said I was really excited when I found out that Salva one her main characters is Mexican. I don't really try to read
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Overview of Novel: Beth is known as the walking disaster. She has a knack for running into people, for not fitting in, and just for blending in the background. Salva is the opposite. He's popular, football captain and student body president. Basically, he's everything Beth isn't.

But Beth has had a crush on him for years. He's never noticed her. And then when they are in AP English, her paper gets read out loud and Salva gets a D. Suddenly Slava is noticing her. He con
diana (chaotic reader)
Salvation is one of the many books I have been looking forward to reading this year (and that made me really giddy when I started reading it).

What you should know about me is that I’m a hopeless romantic – especially so when it comes to books. I love a romance that takes time and makes one feel like there’s nothing more beautiful than to love and to be loved.
One of the things I liked in Salvation is how the romance played out - it didn’t feel forced or fake in any way and the interactions betwe
4.5 stars
When I started reading this book, I thought I knew where the story was heading. It had all the right flavors- a popular guy named Salvador, “the walking disaster area” called Beth who's been nursing a crush on him for years and a bitchy ex-girlfriend Char.

You could figure out right from the word go that Salva was the type of guy who never spoke up. I had a few "nails on the chalkboard" kind of moments in the first few chapters with Char. Man, how desperate could she get?

Be a gentleman,
I always love reading story with opposite characters. Although there are many books with story like this, I never get enough reading it. And what could be more interesting reading a book about a quiet nerd girl who falls in love with a popular school athlete boy.

Salva is a son from Mexican immigrant. His father believes in order to improve their live he has to have good education. So he makes his way to became valedictorian, he also a talented athlete. Unlike his friends, he wants to pursuit it
Either 3.5 or 4

Not bad. I thought it was going to be a cliched mess, but it turned out not to be, which was a relief. Well, most not anyways. The characters were a little cliche, at least their descriptions on the back cover: ooooh look, popular boy and bookish girl again?! AAAH! Thankfully the characters themselves were a little more interesting than that, especially their family situations.

Speaking of family, that made for a good side plot! AP English was a clever way to knock the two togethe
❦❦❦❦- 4 Floral Hearts!
We've Fallen and There's No Going Back!

Salva Resendez has it all - he's the quarterback of the football team and the student body president, and everyone loves him - but his Mexican immigrant family has very high expectations for his future. When he gets a failing grade on an AP English paper, he asks his classmate and the person with the highest grade in class, Beth Courant to help him figure out where he went wrong with h
This was a really good book. Its portrayal of high school is spot on. I'm fascinated by this author, because her other books are fantasy and science fiction, but this book is based on very real life circumstances in a small, border town in the US. She deals with a very complicated issue - Mexican/American cultures and the prejudices on both sides. I love that the main characters on both sides of the issue had difficulties and challenges. She didn't paint the situation with rose colored glasses, ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Aubree marked it as to-read
I have marked this book as to read because I have enjoyed the author's other books.
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Not what I was expecting, but still a decent/good read. Review to follow.
Judy (Geeky Reading)

[Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!]

I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I thought it would be a lighthearted, find yourself, romantic story, similar to Simone Elkeles’ books (like her Perfect Chemistry series). And I was right, in a way, because I was also wrong.

This is a romance between Salva and Beth, both of whom need to find themselves a little more, both of whom needed each other and are very good for each other. I liked both of these characters, and believed them.
Danielle Choffrey
I loved this book. I have to say I have been a fan of Anne Osterlund ever since I read Academy 7.

Let's start with a summary of the book. It follows both Beth and Salva's story. They don't come from privileged families; they both have to work for what they have. Salva is an immigrant who is trying to deal with the injustices his family and friends face. In order for Salva is better himself he has to enlist the help of Beth. She makes him think outside the box, to say what he feels instead of bal
Salvation was the perfect book to start my year with. It's a more serious contemporary story with a great message. Anne Osterlund's first contemporary novel greatly impressed me.

Salvation is the story of Salva Resendez and Beth Courant, two very different people. Salva is smart, funny, popular, kind, and the all-around good guy. Beth is known as the walking disaster area. She's smart and kind but she's a little odd and she lives on the edges of high school society. When chance throws the two tog
Sierra Abrams
Salvation by Anne Osterlund
Pages: 288
Release Date: January 10th, 2013
Date Read: 2012, December 31st- January 1st, 2013
Received: ARC via author
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 15+

Salva Resendez has his life together - or so it seems to everyone else. He's student body president, smarter than most, and popular among all. But what people don't know are this struggles: his hardships with his father, arguments with his siblings, and his broken heart because of his mother's death.
And then the
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Anne Osterlund grew up in the sunshine of Eastern Oregon and graduated from Whitworth College. She lives in a cute little yellow house with her new feline friend, Charlotte, and her own library of young adult books. She also teaches sixth grade and enjoys immersing her students in language, literature, and imagination. Anne has written four novels, Salvation, Aurelia, Academy 7, and Exile, all pub ...more
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