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Saving Ben

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,766 ratings  ·  162 reviews
A boy, his sister, and her psychopathic roommate.

A New Year’s Eve party, a missing person, and a single set of footprints in the snow.

Life is sweet for Katherine Langley, a first-year student at the University of Virginia. She is finally free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs t
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by CreateSpace
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Vicki Willis
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, this was a short, fast read. The premise was interesting and the first chapter caught my attention. However, the wealthy, privileged college student with the money and drinking and parties paired with a poor, beautiful girl who wants to move up in society was just so stereotypical, cliched and predictable that it is hard to rate it any higher. I am giving it 3 stars because I wanted to read to the end to see what happened. And then it ended in a way that really didn't make much sense. I wa ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-request
I was asked by the author to read and review this book. After a lot of thought, this book is between 3.5 and 4 stars, but much closer to 4 stars.

Saving Ben by Ashley Farely is a new adult book, taking place during college years, a time in which I have a special place in my heart. The book stars Katherine, who seems to have it all-- a wealthy lifestyle and a brother who dotes on her. But her parents have their own issues and have been distant, and she is excited to get out of her brother's protec
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is unbelievably AWFUL. The relationship between the brother and sister is pure fantasy. It was free and I had run out of real books so I finished it. I kept waiting for it to get better but what happened was it got worse. The sanctimonious tone of "Kitty" and the smarmy attitude of her brother Ben was bordering on ridiculous. Kitty was supposedly an 18-year old with a 35-year old mentality. She knew everything. WOW. This book was so stupid I'm embarrassed now that I read it. And surely ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
DNF due to heavy handed mediocre writing (all tell no show), unlikable narrator and brother and I had more sympathy for the sociopath.
Cameron Vest


Not well edited at all, the book spends a lot of time setting up a mystery that is never heartily explored. It was obvious and rode heavily on the Charlottesville setting.
Brenda A
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-4-review
Saving Ben made me want to beat people up. Most notably Emma, which I think is probably kind of predictable considering she's a psychopath. She's so damn good at it, she doesn't seem to just be a character in a book. I was paranoid that I would run into a girl like this in real life—although I think I'm safe because I'm not rich enough to have designer clothes for her to steal.

Emma was psycho. She was diabolical and evil and a monster and every other word you can come up with. Huge commendation
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Had a hard time getting into this book. Ending was not believable and felt like author was in a rush to finish.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rich white kids with rich white kid problems... oh and a psychopathic girlfriend from a poor family attempting to sleep with every man she encounters. You know, normal Tuesday shenanigans. Blah!
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-ebooks
This is not a love story or romance. This is a story about a brother, a sister and her psychotic roommate.

I really enjoyed Saving Ben. Saving Ben is about Katherine in her first year in college with her older brother who's two years in to college. This story does cover almost two years but not in a way that annoys you.

The problem of the story is Emma and what happened to her. Because in the first chapter it is Ben and Katherine seeing footprints out into a dock with a boathouse, where Emma presu
Clare Snow
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was painful to read. The writing was clunky - I never got lost in the story like I do in well written books. The mystery was derivative and I'm surprised I didn't DNF. But I struggled through right to the very last excruciating word. It was free on Kindle - what did I expect?

I do like the cover.
Janet Eshenroder
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
One and a half stars. A Kindle free book. It kept me busy on a trip. Grew a lot more boring when I wasn't trapped in an airport.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Let me begin this review by stating that I read this in a weekend and was thoroughly shocked at how the writing transitioned throughout the book. The dialogue was very uncomfortable at first and seemed forced in writing. I equate it to someone having started writing this in high school and then returned to it several years after college without rereading the beginning and fixing the choppy dialogue.

In Saving Ben we find two unnaturally close pairs of brother-sister si
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just bad.

Shallow characters, no depth - predictable and boring storyline. A waste of a read. I’m so sad to have lost those hours in my life reading this book.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goodreads Description- A boy, his sister, and her psychopathic roommate.

A New Year’s Eve party, a missing person, and a single set of footprints in the snow.

Life is sweet for Katherine Langley, a first-year student at the University of Virginia. She is finally free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the hottest fraternity on campus, and her roommate, Emma, is beautiful and charming, a party girl wh
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Five reasons to curl up with Saving Ben

Katherine Langley wakes on New Year’s Day to find her brother’s girlfriend Emma missing and a single set of footprints leading to the dock on the lake.  Farley then takes us back to when Katherine “Kitty” and her brother Ben met Emma. We spent most of our time learning about Emma and her impact on them as we move towards the footprints in the snow.
The whole time you are reading you will be pondering the question, “Is Emma missing, dead or kidnapped?”
Adriane Marshall
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
It is so much fun to read a book that is set where you live! I am from the Richmond area and when I saw that the majority of this book was set in UVA/Charlottesville and Carter's Creek, I was super excited to review it! In fact, traveling between the two, they pretty much drive right past my house!

Anyway, onto the book itself (you know, the important stuff!) Katherine (or Kitty) has a psycho roommate, literally. Emma is controlling about everything, and she has gotten her claws into Kitty's bro
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Saving Ben started off okay. I had no idea where the story was going at first, and it was a lot of telling not showing. The entire story is narrated by Katherine. It is just her telling what happened so the telling wasn't as annoying at first, though I do like showing better. At first Katherine is drawn in by Emma, and her brother Ben is instantly attracted to her. Emma right from the start is a little off. She gets more manipulative and such the longer the story goes on.

I was going along with t
Toni Osborne
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This contemporary mystery main aim is to highlight the special bond between siblings and to bring focus on the many struggles one can experience during college life. This is a haunting tale of love, loyalty, anger management, substance abuse and betrayal.

Ben and Kitty are the primary players but Emma is the character to watch for. She is Kitty’s bitchy roommate who brought havoc between brother and sister. Without her this story would not have been quite captivating she is portrayed as a complet
Sue McGarvie
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
OK, this book is NOT fantasy and yet I consider it fantastic. The perfection with which Ms. Farley introduces the characters to us, it makes them almost real.
Katherine (Kitty) and Ben were part of the family right away. I was able to feel their emotions, experience everything they went through. They are so...human, so believable it is easy to relate them to oneself or someone we know.
Abigail touched my heart and I could perfectly understand Katherine's love for her. Ben's life with its ups and E
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-fiction
Katherine enters her first year of college believing that her biggest problem will be trying to keep her older brother Ben from scaring off potential love interests. They grew up in a wealthy family but they've always watched out for one another due to their often-absent and inattentive parents. Rather than rooming with a friend from high school Katherine opts for entering the roommate lottery and it appears that she's done well when she meets Emily. Emily is stunningly beautiful, friendly...lit ...more
Becky Lange
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read but the story was ridiculous. Teenagers acting and speaking/acting like adults. A story line that started off ok and just deteriorated. No good conclusion to anything. And my pet peeve, typos everywhere. It was a free kindle book so I guess you get what you pay for. Do not recommend I’m embarrassed I even spent a night reading it.
Diane Perry
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Intense and heartbreaking. This was a good story. I would have done 5 stars, but it got a little slow in some parts. Overall still a compelling story of love between a brother and sister.
Hillary Malsch
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Engaging story. It has stuck with me.
Kelley Kirby
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this book ! It was a quick and easy read. Somewhat predictable with only one twist that was surprising at the end. I'd definitely recommend it and rate it a 3.4.
Cynthia Rodrigues
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The book is written in the first person past tense point of view of Kitty. It starts in the present on New Year’s Day, then leads us back to a time 16 months ago when Ben and Kitty first met Emma, then slowly leads us back to the present again.
I thought the friendships between the young people were drawn out very well. Even Reed and Spotty, Ben’s fraternity friends, become protective of Kitty. In turn, Kitty has her own close f
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Having read many of Ashley Farley's novels previously I wasn't quite sure what to expect reading what is her debut novel. As most readers are aware, an author's writing gets better over time. So, I made a decision to read this novel as if it were any other debut novel. I didn't have to do keep that decision.

While Ms. Farmer's writing has I proved greatly, if I hadn't known this was her first published novel, I would be writing a very similar review.

The author has a way of pulling the
Julian Caridad
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth the Read

The author captures Emma's personality well enough so the reader gets a sense of how bat shit crazy she is, it was hard to put down at times because of the foreshadowing details. The main character, Katherine, is interesting and witty at times. I did end up laughing out loud several times throughout the book. The only reason I knocked a star was because of all the talk of rich people nonsense details. The details do make for a good visual setting, but it seemed like they were going
Jan 11, 2020 added it
I had to read this book when I read, A New Year’s Eve party, a missing person, and a single set of footprints in the snow. I am a grandmother and this was about college students. I liked this book and could relate to it. After I read it, I bought it for my granddaughter and she liked it. Yes, she was in college. The first time being away from home and it is a realization of what can happen. It is a book for any age.
Sherry Bledsoe
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad and accurate

So many of us know some one: daughter, son, friend, college roomate, and/or co-worker whose story mirrors the plot in this book. To say it is an epidemic is quite an understatement but it is safe to say we are a Country whose face has turned away from God and focuses on the quick psychotropic quick fixes. This has allowed our culture a "cop out" and removes the blame from our doorstep. We should be ashamed that rather than actively seek a solution we are still systemically seeki
Kathy Downey
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Oh my how we can be so easily manipulated by a strong person who focuses on our vulnerable state. There was so many times this book showed how strong a brother/sister bond can be, but how easily it can be tested and pulled. In the end family is the most valuable connection we have, though often the hardest to keep.
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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she's lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the

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