Book Reviews - Sallie Eden Book Reviews 2011

I’ll be there by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The story of Emily and Sam, from their first connection when she sings in the church choir through to… well, I won’t spoil it for you.

Sam loves music; Emily can’t sing. His life is a mystery; he and his damaged brother move from place to place, with a father who both neglects and dominates them. Emily lives with her loving family and dates a boy in her class, but she believes in destiny and her destiny is Sam.

To describe a book as a page-turner generally means it’s either a crime novel or a thriller. This is neither, but nevertheless is deserving of that description. Intriguing, romantic, but not in a “soppy” way, sometimes far-fetched, but still strangely believable, this is a beautifully written début novel. Aimed at young adults – a group to which I have not belonged for some considerable time – it is worthy of a wider readership.

Verdict: An outstanding read. *****

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