Review: Saving Me by Sadie Allen || Where the Beautiful Message Was Worth Saving

Title: Saving Me
Author: Sadie Allen
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health, [Young-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Depression, Attempted suicide
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 290 pages, Ebook
Published: February 22nd, 2018
Source: I received an eARC of this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

On the outside, Ally has everything any teenager could want. She’s beautiful, popular, and athletic. She has the right friends, an adoring boyfriend, and the picture-perfect family.

Too bad it’s all a lie.

Every day she’s dying a little on the inside, drowning in everyone’s expectations and opinions, the weight of it all pulling her under.

She wants to do the unthinkable … until a boy with shaggy hair, unusual eyes, and a lip ring changes her plans.

This book was beautiful. First of all, I loved the fact that the author acknowledged that love is not the solution for curing mental illness but it definitely helps in the process. That love doesn’t always have to be romantic, it can be any kind of love and when you have a strong support system, your will to get better definitely increases. At least that much I can say from my personal experience.

Ally lives the life of a puppet. Although it might seem that she has everything, a perfectly planned future, a boyfriend and a gang of girlfriends but in reality, each and every one of her decisions are made by her father. Overwhelmed by everything, when she finally decides to give up, a ray of hope appears in the form of Sterling, a guy she has always considered way above her level but he shows her that there are things that are still worth fighting for.

Saving Me is seriously a beautiful book which touched my heart. The narrative flowed smoothly giving us a vivid picture of Ally’s life. Ally’s father is the dictator of her life who wants to fulfil his dream of becoming an athlete through her. I have seen real-life examples of these kinds of pressures and the endings are almost always not positive. This breaks my heart. Whatever happens, a person should have the whole liberty to live his/her life in a certain way they want. Of course, it’s the duty of the parents to guide their children when they are growing up or if they are making a mistake but when it crosses that level, it becomes controlling instead of caring.

On top of her father’s pressure, her cheating boyfriend was a cherry on top. That guy, oh my god!! I wanted to bash his head with a frying pan. Like seriously?!! How can someone be that dumb and shallow!! Anyway, I could feel Ally’s depression. I could empathize when she felt the world was closing down on her, choking her in every possible way. She didn’t have the luxury to share her troubles with the kind of parents and friends she had in her life. That’s where the importance of the support system comes in. When you have people cheering for you, it is a little easier to hold on to the hope. And seriously, every freaking one needs to understand what a mental illness can do to a person, and like very fast because even its the 21st-century, the world is still narrow-minded and we are losing way more people that way.

Ally’s support system came through Sterling and the friends whom she met in the theatre. I seriously loved that guy!! He was the ray of hope that Ally needed in her life and with him, she started finding a way out. Also, she had been an athlete her whole life but in the theatre, she gets to do something different, she discovers a whole new side of herself. Finding oneself is as important as loving oneself and that message was beautifully described in this book.

The only part which I didn’t like was the cliched jealous ex-girlfriend trope who cause unnecessary troubles. I would have loved if the book focused more on Ally and her new non-toxic new friendships and more of that instead of the drama. Nonetheless, I loved the faith that Ally and Sterling had in each other, despite everything their faith never wavered which I absolutely loved!

Overall, Saving Me was a great read! I enjoyed the plot and the character development throughout the book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Allen’s works.

Recommend it?


Author Bio:

Sadie Allen lives in Texas with her husband and three young children. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, catching up on her favorite shows, or chasing her family around the house.

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Soo guys have you read this?? Is it on your tbr? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Maybe Never by Sadie Allen || Plus Interview!

Title: Maybe Never
Author: Sadie Allen
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 231 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by Sadie Allen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

One golden boy…

Judd Jackson had it all—star football player with a college scholarship, perfect family, tons of friends, and a beautiful girlfriend. He was the most popular guy in town … until a family secret burned it all to the ground. Now, he’s the object of scorn and ridicule, and the only thing he has left is his scholarship and counting down the days until he can leave town.

One goal-oriented girl…

Sunny Blackfox was alone in the world, but she had big plans and big dreams to keep her occupied. She didn’t have time for anyone in her life. That was, until she came to the rescue of the boy she always had a thing for.

They have everything going against them, but maybe, if they are lucky, they will make it out of town after graduation together … or maybe never.

This book was so much more than I expected and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with this story and I enjoyed the ride till the very end.

Judd Jackson had it all, from college scholarship to best friends and a hot girlfriend. But everything goes down in drain when one his family secrets is revealed and he becomes their new target of bullying until Sunny comes into the picture. She always had a thing for Judd and when they are made class partner, an unlikely friendship form between the two which escalates into something more they both can’t deny.

I really enjoyed the plot. The story was pretty engaging right from the start and I couldn’t put this book down! After a family secret gets revealed, Judd becomes an outcast and the subject of bullying from his very own friends and girlfriend. I really hated how he was treated for something that was not even his fault which revealed how superficial his friends were.

“You only really knew who your true friends were when you were at your lowest with nothing to offer. After the smoke cleared, that was when you finally saw who was left standing beside you.”

I liked Judd, he was a great guy but I wished he stood up more for himself. His anger with his father’s situation was just but I wished we got to learn a bit more about it but I felt satisfied with the ending. Anyway, I loved Sunny! She was upfront and didn’t take any shit from people. When she chose Judd’s side, it did bring her a lot of trouble but I was glad she didn’t back up from them.

The chemistry between Judd and Sunny was pretty great, their relationship developed slowly and I fell in love with their romance! Those two were definitely not devoid of flaws but together, they were perfect. I really enjoyed Molly’s character, she was a great best friend and I definitely can’t rule out Sally, she was a great parent figure for her. But the one character that I truly hated was Sunny’s dad, I’m so glad he got the deserved punishment for what he did.

Overall, Maybe Never was a great read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I really enjoyed the romance between Judd and Sally and I couldn’t stop myself from wanting more. The writing was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I am absolutely keeping my eyes out for the next book by this author!

Recommend it?


Don’t forget to scroll down to read the amazing interview of Sadie Allen!


Hey there! I’m so glad to have you on my little blog today!

S: Hi! It’s good to be here! 🙂

1. How did the idea of Maybe Never come to your mind?

The idea actually came to me during an episode of Dr. Phil. The show had on a man with two daughters, one was middle school age and the other was in her late teens or early twenties. He had decided to transition to female and basically cut his daughters from his life. The oldest shook with fury as she confronted him about his decision to become female and for not being a part of her younger sister’s life. She didn’t understand his decision because to her he was the epitome of masculinity. He was a police officer, outdoorsman, gun enthusiast, and loved sports. How could a man like that want to become a woman? She just couldn’t wrap her mind around it. The younger daughter, I think her problem was him not contacting her. She wanted him in her life, but he didn’t think either daughter could accept him for who he was… The whole situation struck me as very sad. America was also going through a social upheaval at the time and that influenced me quite a bit. It all just got me thinking “what if…” and thus Judd Jackson was born. I wanted to create a world where young people were dealing with these social issues and overcoming them. That where there is love, there is a way.

2. Tell us a bit about your writing process.

I start out with a bunch of vague notes about a story, mainly bullet points in a notebook, and it could be a physical description of a character, a place, snippets of dialogue, or a central issue I want to discuss. Then, I open my laptop and start fleshing out the ideas that are in my notebook and see where they take me. I’m a mom to three kids, the youngest being almost 7 months old, so I write whenever I have an opportunity. Sometimes I can catch a moment during the day, but a lot of my writing takes place after my family is in bed. I do make a lot of notes during the day and troll Pinterest for pictures to go along with my ideas. I have a Pinterest Board for most of the novels I’ve written or plan to write. That’s basically my process. I try to write a thousand words a day, but that can be hit or miss.

3. What were the challenges that you faced while writing this book?

I was really nervous about writing/publishing this book because it deals with so many hot button issues- bullying, race/class conflict, domestic violence, addiction, gender identity, and death. Self-doubt plagued me the whole time I was writing. I hit a wall halfway through and didn’t know if I would be able to overcome it. That’s why I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I just didn’t know what would come next, which was a problem I had been having for about ten years. I have several half-finished manuscripts on my computer because I just couldn’t power through the middle. What got me through this time was something on Stephenie Meyer’s FAQ section on her website. She wrote most of her novels out of order. She wrote whatever scene she felt like writing that day and that’s what kept me going. I took a page out of her book and started writing the end of my novel because I knew what I wanted to happen. I just bridged the gap from there. I also participated in a writing boot camp hosted by Jessi Gibson and she held me accountable to get that middle written.

4. Is the contemporary genre your favorite to write? Would we be seeing any books from another genre in the near future?

I think it’s a toss up between contemporary and paranormal romance. I have two paranormal romance novels half-written (one YA and the other NA) and a notebook for another one that I plan to write in the future. I also have an incomplete manuscript for an adult contemporary romance that I was writing/editing when I came up with the idea for Maybe Never and notebooks for two different adult contemporary series. So, there will be a lot of writing in my future.

Right now, I’m working on a standalone YA contemporary romance and the follow-up novel to Maybe Never called Maybe Molly. I plan on publishing them late summer and early fall.

5. What is your dream cast for Maybe Never?

Judd- Lucas Till (Monster Trucks)
Sunny- Amber Midthunder (Longmire)
Sally- Shirley MacLaine
Molly- Jennifer Lawrence

6. Name three of your favourite books.

That’s a hard one…
1) Pride and Prejudice
2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3) Anything written by Kristen Ashley (mature audiences only)

7. Can you tell us a bit about your next book?

Saving Me is a book that’s really close to my heart. I’m putting a lot of myself into this one and it’s been hard to write. Not because the words aren’t there, but I’m having to relive some of the emotions that I experienced when I was a teenager. I was an overworked, overstressed, and unhappy teen. Everyone at school thought I had the perfect life when the reality was that I often thought of running away or committing suicide. The main character, Ally Everly, is wanting to do the latter. I wasn’t actively suicidal, but Ally is in this book. She’s a bit immature and a little dramatic, but she finds her strength and inner peace with the help of an unlikely group of people.

Maybe Molly, well… Molly McEntire has been keeping secrets and those secrets are about to blow up in her face. We’ll be seeing Sunny, Judd, and Sally in this novel along with some others that didn’t get much page time.

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Do not quit. There is no secret formula or easy way. You just have to sit down and write. It’s that simple and that hard. You’re going to want to quit, but don’t do it! Just keep plugging along until your novel is complete. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be written.

It was great having you on my blog today! Thank you so much and I wish you much success in the future.

S: Thank you for having me! I enjoyed answering your questions and hope to be back on your blog in the future!

So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to give this one a try? Or is it already in your tbr?