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Everything has been downhill since Zoey Trask’s mother was murdered in a random mugging. Her younger brother, Ben, is on the autistic spectrum and needs constant supervision. It’s senior year, and she’s the new girl at a weird private school in Old Town Alexandria, VA, full of kids who seem too nice to be true - including a very cute boy named Pete. Aside from half-forgott ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Soho Teen (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sean Carman
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved my friend Arin's book. It's fast-paced, funny, and blurbed by Gary Shteyngart! Arin is a quirky, delightfully absurd writer, and both her novels, "Tropical Depression" and "Save the Enemy" are charming and really fun to read.

"Save the Enemy" has the plot of a thriller, but on a deeper level it's about the main character Zoey's adolescent search for her identity. She is empathetic and imaginative (and the suggestion is that her late mother was, too), but her father and brother, the
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Anne Michaud
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Laugh out loud funny and disturbingly twisty - LOVED THE VOICE!!!
Christine
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!

SAVE THE ENEMY was such a fun and thrilling ride from start to finish. I honestly enjoyed every moment of this desperate journey to find Zoey's missing father.

After coming home from school one day to discover a cigarette in the toilet and a missing father, Zoey is completely lost. Just as she's about to finally call the cops she receives a message from her father's cell phone telling her to bring the "J-File" if she wants to ever see her father alive again. Not having a
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Silea
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vine, arc, fiction
This book has an interesting premise. Dead mom, autistic brother, kidnapped dad, what's a girl to do? Oh, right, get mom's help because she communicates with the brother in his dreams.

But it goes off the rails, first in small ways and then in gigantic leaps that make the Transformers movies seem intricately plotted and entirely plausible.

The first time i really noticed it was when the girl is less upset about a random classmate basically moving into her house than she is about the fact that she
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literary prophets
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
After the lose of her mother and her loving dog Zoey's life after moving to a new town was nothing that a teenage girl wanted. She wasn't popular and her brother was a big handful.

She one day notices the absence of her father, and she is having a very rough time keeping her and her brother afloat. Though a text from her fathers phone does nothing to calm her nerves.

Zoey now had to find the people who had taken her father and why, but she didnt have to do it alone. The boy who was slowly falling
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Demi
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Save the Enemy was a true mystery thriller. The author really know how to keep you in suspense until the final moment and keep the pages flipping. I'm a little new to this kind of genre and I most certainly was not disappointed. What made this book truly special was the main character Zoey. Getting inside her head as her father goes missing and having to look after her autistic brother Ben and discover the truth about her parents while the whole time her whole is being completely flipped upside ...more
Asbah
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think the book was pretty good for ya readers who love a mystery ❤
There were some parts in the books when I was like, WHAAAT?! I think the mystery of Zoey's dad being kidnapped was great. However, I think that Zoey's character was a little... raw. She could've been more stronger and braver than her character portrayed in the book.
Alicia Williams
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 010-2017
A stream of consciousness book that reminds me a bit of (the better) "Going Bovine" by Libba Bray. It's very improbable but not too out there for the target audience of teenagers. Not one I'd want to read again just because it's not my favorite type of novel.
Kellie
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook and literally have never laughed so hard. This book was hilarious, even though the storyline was very tragic. I wish I could find more audiobooks by this author.
Kris
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really couldn't get into this...
Alice Atorly
This review first appeared on my blog, Alice & The YA Buzz.

In Short

The first thing that needs to be said here is that the summary doesn't do the book any justice. In this case it can be relied upon only for the bare bones of the plot, because in reality Save the Enemy is action-packed and suspenseful--I couldn't read it without feeling the need to look over my shoulder repeatedly.

When Zoey panicked, I panicked. And when Zoey narrated...I cracked up. This girl had one of the best inner monolo
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JennRenee
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, arc-read

This book grabbed my attention the instant I read the synopsis. I was very excited to get a copy of the audio. I love audio and this was the perfect book to listen for audio. The story was suspenseful, well put together, and very exciting. I was caught up on the action from start to finish. It was everything I thought it would be.





Zoey and her younger brother, Ben, live with their father just trying to make it through the every day steps of life since their mother was killed. Zoey comes home one
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Ally
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Heh. Save the Enemy is a clever way of saying "Save that boy." That boy will be Pete something-something.

Yawn! That's all I'm going to say about Save The Enemy. Actually, all the similar words and adjectives all fit with "Yawn!" You don't have to read my review to know about the overall message of my review. You know, I'm feeling sleepy, too.

I know. I know. It's been a few days since I opened my mouth on this blog (or my Goodreads Account). A few hours since I last typed a word. Yeah, yeah, ye
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Ashly
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Jennifer
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Summary:
Zoey is beginning her senior year at a new private school in Alexandria, VA. Her mother has died, her brother has autism, and her father is not helping her get a life. Nothing seems to be going well, but that doesn't stop things from getting much worse. All of a sudden, her father is kidnapped and she is left to take care of Ben, while also make friends and see what a fairly new relationship with the cute guy, Pete, may lead to. It's all just a little too much. When Zoey begins to get we
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Patty
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Save The Enemy
By
Arin Greenwood


What it's all about...

Zoey's mom is murdered, her father is kidnapped and she is left with her autistic little brother...Ben.


My thoughts after reading this book...

Oh my...Zoey's thought processes are hysterical especially when she is looking after her autistic brother...who...by the way...is very funny, too. He refuses to brush his teeth, wears his missing father's T-shirts and spouts statistics constantly.

The entire situation is odd just because Zoey has no clue w
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Victoria
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it

This is not a book that I enjoyed reading. The Trask family has recently moved from Rhode Island to the Washington D. C. area. Along with navigating a new school, seventeen year old Zoey is also missing her murdered mother and missing husky, Roscoe. When her dad fails to pick her up from lacrosse practice, at first Zoey doesn’t suspect the worst. But soon, it becomes clear that her father has been kidnapped - and that her autistic younger brother is having dream conversations with their mother t
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Amber Myers
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I won a advance edition of this book on goodreads to read and review. This book's Expected Publication is November 13th 2013.
I enjoyed this book and thought it was really cool. Zoey's dad gets kidnapped and she tries to take care of her brother while saving him.
This book has a lot of flashbacks and back story which I liked. You got to know a lot about her family and life before hand. Which is good other wise the book would be so short. Its not like all the
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Carley
Oct 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I hate giving up on a book, but I couldn't make it through this Young Adult novel. I received this book months ago for review through Goodreads First Reads.

Save the Enemy centers on a girl called Zoey who recently moved to the D.C. area with her parents and brother, Ben. Shortly after they arrive, her mother is killed in a mugging while walking their dog, then her father is kidnapped. Zoey, only seventeen, now has the responsibility to take care of her brother and find a way to save her dad.

Thi
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Erin
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program and I am writing a review to say thank you. Thank you to Goodreads and to Soho Press!

This book was really different from what I was expecting, but it was really fun. Zoey's family is really interesting, unique, and I liked the way the Trask family was portrayed. I do think the reader needs to suspend a certain amount of disbelief throughout the story, though - Save the Enemy is definitely a bit over the top, but that's what makes it
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Merenwen
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the story, and I loved the characters even more - especially the fact that they're so flawed. (Zoey, for instance, loves her little brother but catches herself thinking of him as a "freak" or "weird". Their mother was good to Ben, but over-critical towards Zoey.)

The writing style could have been a little more finessed, though: there were a lot of sentence fragments which could have strung into sentences with the aid of commas and semi-colons. There were also some odd little typographical
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P.M.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Zoey Trask's mother was killed in a random mugging. Her life is turned upside down once again when her father is kidnapped and she receives a text message demanding the J-file in return for his life. To solve this mystery, she needs the help of her 14 year old genius - autistic brother who receives cryptic messages from Mom in his sleep. Along the way, Zoey enlists the help of cute-boy Pete who just might know more than he is telling. I didn't like this book at all. The only character remotely l ...more
Julie
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read about half of the story before I finally just ended it. Why didn't I like the book? *Pete: Who acts like that? *I didn't like when the main character (Zoey) seemed to be talking to me. (such as: Your dad may have read you books like the Giving Tree, mine read . . ) *There were too many "funny" comments written as Zoey's thoughts. To me, they were just distracting. *I couldn't understand why Zoey was even thinking about a boy, parties, etc. when her father was missing, leaving her the huge ...more
José Antonio Lopez
I started evaluating this book to suggest to my son. I found about it after an interview of Arin Greenwood with Reason Magazine. I was intrigued by the setting of the novel, the daughter of a Libertarian man. I liked the combination of creativity, sarcasm, diversions, and fun. It seems like a book that kids and teens would love, indeed my son just started and he is hook to the book. Despite I think that Greenwood made a great job for her audience, I gave *** because I like better non-fiction or ...more
Lena Zhu
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EJ MACK
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Why did not like this book. I thought that the characters were well thought-out I didn't quite understand how the author I didn't quite understand how the other put the plot together. Zoey what is been a better character if she remembered her training. The total lack of Parental Guidance in Ben and Zoey's life just seemed to impossible to get into. And Zoey was too trusting for someone with all that survival training.
Soph
Jul 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
When I heard about this book, I thought I would love it because it had an intriguing plot in an area that I'm familiar with. I was wrong.
For me, Zoey's character was unlikable, unrealistic, and irritating, as were the other characters. The plot seemed interesting but it didn't live up to my expectations.
Normally, I love every book I read and I hate to give a book a bad-ish rating, but this book truly annoyed me.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Damp Big Face
BFF Charm: Nope
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Catch-12
Bonus Factor: Conspiracy
Relationship Status: Forget Me Yes

Read the full book report here.
Lauren K
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Save the Enemy by Arin Greenwood was probably the most thrilling book I’ve ever read. Although some parts seemed unrealistic, it still felt like part of reality. It didn’t have many bad qualities and was hard to put the book down. I enjoy the way it was written and the plot. I recommend this book and If there’s a sequel, I hope to read it.
Cami
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
It started off strong with the introduction of characters. What an eccentric family, I did enjoy this part of the book and had a few chuckles when Zoey described her father. However, the middle seemed to drag on a bit and then it all ended without a major twist or climax. In my opinion, it fell flat.
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