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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  14,383 ratings  ·  2,056 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice

Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. Her fears come true when the bullying...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Well I found this to be incredibly disappointing.

It started off quite promising; an explosion, who does Rose save? her daughters bully or her daughter? She reaches a compromise and manages to save both (or so she thinks). What she later realises is that that something else happened and one of their lives hangs in the balance.

When I started reading this, I was in the mood for the type of moral dilemma type of book this represented to me. Then about 200 pages in it turned into a "murder mystery" a...more
I really wanted to like this book. I finished it in hopes that it would get better but I was disappointed. The premise - that a mother has to make a split second decision about whether to save her own child or someone else's and the consequences of that decision - was interesting and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, that potential is never realized.

The problems?
1 - The dialogue is many times cheesy and unrealistic. I found myself rolling my eyes quite often throughout the entire book. Es...more
Chris Wolak
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This is the worst book I have ever finished. It is complete rubbish, but that is the catch. The sheer idiocy of it makes it a page turner. Just when you think the author has hit the pinnacle of stupidity, another absurd plot twist takes off and I was left in disbelief at the fact that the story could become any more implausible.

However, it is not just the plot that is lacking. The writing itself is enough to earn it the dubious honor of being tagged “rubbish” (I had to add that tag just for thi...more
Ambyr Stanley
I do not include synopses with my goodreads reviews. Read what the professionals wrote. It's better than my mumbo jumbo.
Actual rating: 2.25 stars?

I REALLY wanted to like this book. My real rating is probably somewhere around 2.5, but I had to drop it down to 2 for several reasons.

First and foremost, I am all for shorter chapters. Books that have 60-page chapters have been proven to be harder to read for most people, and I'm one of them. Shorter chapters make it easier for me to read more ("Oh, i...more
Sorry to say, but I'm pretty disapointed with Save Me. I was so excited to see it available at my local library that I grabbed it before anyone else could. However, it did not live up to my expectations.

In all fairness, the first half of it was good enough to hold my interest. Anyone who has had their good intentions and/or their good character questioned unjustly can empathize with the main character, Rose. She was put in a lose/lose situation with only seconds to think, and everyone else in t...more
Teena in Toronto
This sounded like an interesting premise and it started out promising. After an explosion in the school's cafeteria, lunch mom Rose has a life threatening decision. Does she rescue the two girls who have been bullying her daughter who are right there or does she go find her daughter, Melly, and save her, leaving the two bullies? Rose is able to do both and becomes a hero. But things change very quickly and every resident in the small town turns against Rose and there are threats of legal action....more
It felt like I finished every chapter (and there were at least fifty of them....) with an eye roll accompanied by saying "ugh, this is horrible." Every chapter I debated just abandoning the book, but the thing is I was just too curious to find out what happend (not necessarily because the plot was good.... just because I am so curious and I hate the idea of investing time in a book and not knowing how it ends).

About a quarter of the way through the book, I could just sense that I wasn't going t...more
For the first three quarters of this book, I loved it. You are riding Rose McKenna's emotional rollercoaster but any mother would. How many times have you volunteered at your child's school?

Rose's daughter Melly was born with a port-wine birthmark on her cheek and has been teased and bullied out of her last school and now the harassments has begun all over again at the new Reesburgh Elementary. To see for herself how bad it is between her daughter and the class princess Amanda, Rose decides to...more
Kathleen Kelly
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I have read a lot of books by this author and have enjoyed most of them immensely.
This one is a little different than some of her previous books, giving you a more emotional book, more of a character study and I really liked it more for that.
It`s about a woman forced to make a decision on who to save in a school fire, her child or 2 other children. This is a choice that no mother should ever have to make. And realistically, wouldn`t a mother naturally want to save her own child first? Or would y...more
I wanted to like this, but I didn't. I didn't really want to finish it, but I did. The beginning of the book however, drew me in. As a mom who volunteers often in the school, it made me pause to consider, what would be the legal ramifications if something tragic happened while you were the parent chaperone? I would have liked that story line to have continued. But the book seemed to be divided into two almost separate parts. In the second half, Rose becomes Nancy Drew, driving all over the tri-s...more
Heather Bokon
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I gave this book 3 stars because I was engaged enough to want to know what happened at the end. However, I did not enjoy it as much as other Scottoline books I have read. I thought Rose, the main character, was weak and ineffective to the end. Melly, her daughter, was annoying. The plot twists were kind of out there and the end was cheesy. I have a lot more to say but then they would be spoilers, so I will leave it at that.
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

If you enjoy the type of novels that want you to ask yourself the hard “what if” or “what would I do in this type of situation” questions, then you may find this novel interesting…at least for the first 8 or 10 chapters, because that is what this novel asks you to do. It tries to ask you to put yourself in a situation that may make you uncomfortable, unpopular and may even call you ethics into question.

Or, after ten chapters you may do like me and simply roll your eyes...more
A Book Vacation
This novel is interesting in that it starts out as a drama, but later becomes a mystery as Rose embarks on a quest to find the truth while protecting her daughter and clearing her name. Honestly, I didn’t know what I was going to think of this novel when I picked it up. Originally, I was excited, but as I read the many reviews out there, across all the spectrums, I began to wonder if I would like it at all. What I found, upon reading it, is that I truly loved it, but it is for a certain type of...more
This book started with an extremely thought provoking dilemma: a parent volunteer in the lunchroom finds herself thrown into the middle of a tragic explosion. Does she save the little girl who has been tormenting and bullying her daughter first? Or does she go after her daughter?

Rose McKenna believes she makes the perfect compromise: she guides the three young girls to the hallway and tells them to run outside. She then heads to the handicap bathroom to find her daughter, Melly, who has run off...more
I've been a fan of Lisa Scottoline since "Look Again" and I was excited to see "Save Me" at my local library.

Rose is a supermodel turned mother who is married to Leo, her lawyer husband. She lives in upper class suburbia with him, her daughter Melly by her former husband and their son, John.

The story begins with Rose volunteering at her daughter's school. She witnesses her daughter being bulled by another student and transforms into "mama bear" mode, calling out the bully and her friends and t...more
Couldn't put this book down. It was a fascinating read!
On the day Rose volunteered at her daughter's elementary school to help in the lunchroom, an explosion in the kitchen sets fire to the school. Rose manages to get two little girls out of the lunchroom and to the hallway which leads to the playground outside, then she races back into the fire to find her daughter who was in the bathroom when the fire occurred. Initially, Rose is hailed as a hero for saving her daughters life. But then it is discovered that one of the little girls Rose had led to...more
I enjoyed the beginning chapters and became enthralled with the main character, a mother who has volunteered at her daughter's school to check out a bully situation. The opening sets an action-packed scenario, and then the following chapters see the main character wallowing and finally new information appears like a bolt. While this piece is pivotal, it feels highly contrived to be an emotional yank on the reader. Then the story switches gears completely as the mother goes private eye. I was lef...more
Kim Pratt
I really enjoyed the beginning of the book! A bit unrealistic melodramatic description of the fire rescue and subsequent medical care, but intriguing moral dilemmas that made me think. I am a Mom & have been a school volunteer & an interesting point of view was presented. I also liked the commentary on the influence & interference of the media in emotional situations, & the fear & breakdown of communication caused by our litigious society. Disappointed that I lost the connect...more
Romancing the Book
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Save Me by Lisa Scottoline is a novel that will make you stop and rethink all of the ideas you may have ever had about volunteering and helping out at your child’s school or an extra-curricular activity. Not to mention it will make your heart bleed with the realization of where we are as a society.

I am not really sure how to go about my review on this one. There are so many aspects that I would love to...more
I was given this book as a kris kringle/secret santa present this year, by somebody who clearly doesn't know me very well. I have tried to read chick lit before, assuming it would be enjoyable in that vapid, lazy way that playing Bejewelled on my phone and clicking through facebook profiles of friends of friends of friends can be. I picked up a Janet Evanovich (or someone) book in a Johannesburg hostel once, and lay by the pool with it for 10 minutes before giving up in a rage. I should have lea...more
Linda Alexander
'Save Me' by Lisa Scottoline is the first novel I've ever read of her works. I've read some of the other reviews which were far from complimentary. While the writing seemed somewhat simplistic to me, the underlying story was pretty good in my opinion, though it tended to get a bit bogged down at times. This is a story about a couple, Leo and Rose McKenna having moved to a new location with her daughter Melly from a previous marriage, and their infant son Johnny. Leo is a lawyer, and Rose takes o...more
Anita Adams
I was intrigued by the premise of the book SAVE ME...who's life would (and should) a mother save, if she has to make a choice between her own child and other children? It seemed like a moral and emotional dilemma that might play out in an interesting way-and it did-for about the first 20 chapters. Unfortunately, this book has 89 chapters! It went from interesting and believable to boring and far fetched. The book reads like a Saturday morning Superhero cartoon. The "Superhero" Mom, takes on The...more
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Hannah  Messler
Ho boy. You know how sometimes you will kind of deliciously enjoy disliking some jerky dummy? At one of my jobs right now there is this just utter turd of a woman who I am so enjoying finding despicable. Barf. It's like sticking your tongue against a toothache or looking at roadkill--a weird immersive yuckiness you relish.
Anyway sometimes I have the literary equivalent of that where I will just tear through all the Emily Giffins or something and this book, which came up on my Nook because of so...more
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