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Saving You, Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy #1)

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*New Adult/Mature-YA with mature themes and sexual situations.

*Book featured and recommended on CBS television news for mature teens and adults in August 2012

*Book was originally edited by Ifsha R. and will be re-edited and re-released with new bonus chapters on Feb. 12, 2013.

18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought sh
Paperback, 290 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by (first published April 15th 2012)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
(This review contains spoilers, but I don't want to hide it. Read at your own risk.)

Oh, wow. Where do I even begin? First of all, I'm sort of shocked at the very idea that Kailin Gow is a "multi-award-winning and bestselling author", mostly due to the simple fact that Ms. Gow doesn't even seem to have a basic grasp of English.

What struck me first (in the face, very hard) was the unutterably terrible diction.

"Inwardly I sighed. What else could I do to try to make it inevitable I could get a sc
Krissy P (Kris)
I really did not like this book. I did not think it was up to par with the author's other work, but I'm having reviewer's remorse, so I decided to delete my review. So, I'm just going to say that I did not like the book, her Frost Series and Pulse Series are much better reads and leave it at that.
May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After reading Saving You, Saving me I find this the perfect title to fit the story put forth. A wonderfully delivered contemporary romance suitable for adult teens and all adults .

In Saving you , Saving me - Kailin Gow has included several aspects in this read - social issues - from sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, bullying, peer pressure, and demons in closets . Even though this story is fiction, these above points happen in everyday life. Very realistic and true to life.

Its heart warming and h
Felicia Chien
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ARC: Saving You Saving Me by Kailin Gow
Pages: 201
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Source: sent from ATOMR tour for review

Short Synopsis: Sam, a young girl, is doing everything she can to get a scholarship to Stanford and decides to work at Sawyer House, a call center, to add as an extra curricular. She just never expected to fall in love with one of the people she was supposed to help save.

My Thoughts: Though intended for a more mature audience, I absolutely loved this novel and devoured it in one day
Lovey Dovey Books
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books.

From faeries to vampires, phantoms to angels, Kailin Gow has tackled just about every corner of fantasy and paranormality. Now she’s taking on realistic young adult contemporary with her newest series, the You & Me Trilogy. Her writing’s edgier and appeals to older teens on a much deeper level.

There’s much to be said about the emotion poured into Saving You, Saving Me. The main character Samantha Sullivan evokes solid emotions that teens and young adult
Tiffany Holme
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say about this is WOW!! This is such a powerful read and Kailin you really did do an amazing job with this book. The characters, emotions and all the different situations that were throughout the book are so wonderfully written and make your emotions run on high as well.

Sam is an ambitious 18 year old girl that wants nothing more than to graduate from her high school and become a Psychiatrist. In order to get there she needs to obtain a scholarship because she can't afford to go t
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
While this book left me in a state of confusion as to how I truly felt about it, I have to admit that I could not put it down. I loved Sam and felt sorry for her because of her family dynamics. I adored Derek; he made Sam chocolate chips cookies and in turn made me swoon over him. The one I had difficulty with was Collin. I loved that he was a complete alpha male and found him to be sweet at times but some things he did were VERY similar to Christian Grey in Fifty Shades (contracts, jealousy, ri ...more
P.A. Warren
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**REVIEW**Possible Spoilers

Ive been waiting on baited breath for Saving You Saving Me to release and It finally has!!When I first started reading this book I was a bit confused as it was taking me in a different direction then the book description But it brought me there and I understood her reasons for doing that.I have to say some of it reminded me of a PG Shades of Grey,Some of the commentary..her inner friends.I would have liked to get to know the characters a bit better,However knowing th
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Samantha is 18 and striving to reach her goal of earning a scholarship to Stanford. She is smart and determined. She accepts an internship to a teen hotline. She would like to major in psychology and this job would look very good on her college application.

Collin is looking for a school to send his troubled younger brother to. He visits Samantha's school and is immediately taken by her. There is a definite spark between them from the moment they meet.

Unfortunately, there are many obstacles stand
Johaleesi (formerly JJiReads)
As a fan of contemporaries and Kailin Gow alike, I was thrilled when I received a review copy of this book, and Saving You Saving Me did not disappoint. I think above being a romance, this book is about trust, trusting that special person in your life enough to let go of all that baggage we bring with us into relationships. Sam is a high school student who just turned 18, top of her class, and doing anything she can to get a scholarship to the college of her dreams. She is also a pastor's daught ...more
Melissa Maxwell
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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J Bartlett
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really made me think. Powerful message. Review to come.
Hi - I'm the author of Saving You Saving Me, and I invite everyone to read this book and see for yourself what Saving You Saving Me is about. Everyone goes into reading a book with some background and personal influences already so see for yourself how Saving You Saving Me speaks to you.

What I do want to say here because I have readers who are under 15 years old, is this is a mature young adult book that contains issues that are not sugarcoated. Why? It's tied into a real life crisis center - T
Chapter by Chapter
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have no idea where to start with this review… I suppose that I can start it just by saying “amazing”. Everything about Saving You Saving Me was both adorable, deep and innovative. From the addictive start to the ending that had me dying for more, Saving You Saving Me definitely one of those novels that leaves readers thinking long after the story ends. For those of you who don’t know, the novel is about eighteen year old main character Sam Sullivan who is the perfect daughter. She’s a preacher ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I feel like I don't read enough contemporaries. I have enjoyed most of the ones that I have read, so I have no idea why I don't read more of them. Saving You, Saving, Me is a gritty, real story. And I love that it's going to be a trilogy. I genuinely connected with and like the characters, something that is not as easy as it seems lately. Their story is complex and I feel like we are watching it unfold in real time, which is pretty cool!

What I liked the most about Saving You, Saving Me is that
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A few similarities to Fifty Shades (come on there are so many books out there just like Fifty Shades), which is why I picked up this book. But the differences far outweigh this and I found I love this book for its message and help center tie-in more.

Anyone knocking this book must be heartless. This book deserves all the support it can get.

I'm sick of the way bashers have bashed this book and its poor author when it only has a few similarities to Fifty Shades, but has more differences, which the
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was shocked about how much I loved this book and am very sad I have to wait until fall of 2012 for the next:( PLEASE HURRY!!!
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying that I am a Kailin Gow fan girl. I have read her Frost series, Wolf Fey series, and Desire series. All of them were YA fantasy which brings me to this offering. In Saving You Saving Me Kailin has veered from YA fantasy and has written a fictional book with some very realistic issues. I was smitten with this story after reading it all the way through and was compelled to read it a second time.

The characters that Kailin wrote were perfect in the sense that through their
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Samantha Sullivan wants to leave her house and hopes to get a scholarship to Stanford. Her father barely talks to her, and her mother constantly drinks. At a meeting with her guidance counselor, she learns that she should volunteer at a place like Sawyer House, a call center where teens can call and get advice about their problem. Her counselor believes that this will help her be competitive to help with Stanford. While the counselor is making a call, Sam sees Collins McGregor, a 24 year old mus ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sam is a smart high school girl with an awful lot on her plate. She takes care of her younger sister while her sometimes drunk mother stumbles around and her pastor father ignores her. When she meets Collins, she finally believes in love at first sight. The reader will literally feel her falling for him and vice versa. Collins is not the ideal partner for a pastor's daughter; he has a rough past, millionaire or not, but the heart is blind. Sam and Collins tentatively begin to develop a relations ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is Fifty Shades of Grey for Young Adults, no kidding, they are seriously alike. Note: I do not say this in a negative way. At all. I read this one before Fifty Shades of Grey and I must say I consider it like the in between, from a YA book to an adult book. Let's leave Fifty Shades for a moment and focus on this book:

Sam is a girl that has had to deal with a lot of complicated things are a very young age: her sister, an alcoholic mother, a father that doesn't seem to want her, and a pa
Feb 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
I feel bad when rating books 1 or 2 stars...But this one is a time-and -money- bad -spent.....


Had I not read FIFTY SHADES OF GREY I would have rated 2 stars....I was utterly disappointed with this one...she is gorgeous and innocent...he has dark secrets but he fells in love with her but if she doesn't sign the papers they won't have a relationship...she doesn't....but he can't live without her and...he is possessive...he even says they won't be sleeping in the same bedroom,but they s
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would just like to tell everyone out there about this amazing book by and amazing author. The way that Sam peeled away the layers of Daggers while at Sawyer House being a counselor to find out more and more about him and she thought that she was saving Daggers when all along maybe he was actually saving her!!! Such a strong story of how one person can make a world of difference in your life. Thanks for such a great read and I look forward to many more from you Kailin!!! If you haven't read thi ...more
Betsy Hillendahl
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Once again an amazing book from Mrs. Gow!!! I love me a good story with a broken guy!!! But seriously Kailin, that ending killed me haha!!! I can't wait for the next book. It broke my heart to see what Collins went through! Man this book I have to get in book form!!! I love how she works at the center also! I am glad there are places like that in this world that teens and adults can talk to. Sometimes it really helps to have an outside person who doesn't know you, to bring yourself to reali ...more
Furiah  Leslie
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is a book again so like the fifty shades book and it shins a bright light on issues such as child abuse and real life struggles. it incorporates hard reality, things we turn our heads away from because we cant stomach the cruelty so we just ignore it and forget it, pretend its not there in hope that maybe it would go away but deep down you know it will never go away. i definately plan on following this series.
Rae Damato
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It dealt with some real world issues that teenagers and young adults are sometimes sheltered from nowadays. The characters had excellent development all throughout the story. The plot and theme were both very unique and well thought out. Its not often that a give a book 5 stars. I cannot wait for the next one!
Kayleigh Lewis
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hmm ....
Well, where to start? It was like a YA version of a f***ed up fifty shades, poorly written!

Sam was - harsh I know, but - pretty thick and stupid! How did she not no 'Dagger' was Collins? I knew as soon as she answered the call. The tattoo he had was also a HUGH give-away!! His back ground story?? Was seriously OTT and unfortunately unbelievable! The things he said were like, 'yeah ok, your 24, a big business man, yet you talk like a ... Div!' He just wasn't a strong enough character!! Th
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm looking forward to whatever comes next:)
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Kailin Gow is a screenwriter, director, producer, speaker, and author of hundreds of books. She has been a host on world-class stages, an invited speaker for BEA (Book Expo America) to talk about publishing, a member of TED Talk, and regular radio/TV guest for major stations.

She is also a Top 1 Reviewer for Travelocity and hosts an Award-winning Travel and Lifestyle Series now in its 3rd Season.

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