Keep Her: A Novel
Aiden considered himself cursed since the day his younger brother died --- that is, until he met Maddie. After Aiden saves her from a freak watermain burst, the two find themselves in a whirlwind of truth and emotions. With numbers always flowing through her mind, Maddie finds the beauty in discovering structure in chaos. Aiden feels the best way to view life is through the lens of a camera. Through past and present experiences, Aiden and Maddie are able to find a happy medium of their not-so-perfect lives. They use the art of photography to capture time, the art of the written word to remember time and the art of affection enjoy time. Quotes and insight from an old copy of MOBY DICK help Maddie and Aiden find answers to hard questions and are used as the stepping stones to life-changing adventures. Together they learn more about themselves and discover what is truly important to their ever changing lives.
"Krygier writes like she knows the characters personally....but the sentiment behind the characters pasts is remarkable. I have never read a story as filled with passion and regret as this book."
I enjoyed this book. It was super sweet and thoughtful. Some parts of the plot did not seem to fit as well as others and I do not feel as if I got enough of a connection with the main characters to truly get indulged in it. However, it was a new spin on the cookie cutter teen romance genre. I really enjoyed the backstory that was told. It made Aiden a more layered character without going overboard. After reading about his way with words, I really wanted to talk to him and listen to his stories.
Krygier writes like she knows the characters personally. She does not go very deep with current emotions, but the sentiment behind the characters pasts is remarkable. I have never read a story as filled with passion and regret as this book. It deals with real world problems in a realistic way. The author wrote that Maddie was partly like her, which helped the character to become more rounded. Even though this is not one of my all-time favorite books, I completely enjoyed the thought and personality that went into this story. I hope to read more from this author.
I recommend this book to any young adult reader who wants an easy read that will make your heart happy. It is not very suspenseful but it did keep my interest. It is not too lovey-dovey, which, for me, made the book a lot better. It was more about the emotional connection the characters had, not so much the physical. This kind of relationship made it seem more realistic and as the story went on it evolved into a stronger, more heartfelt, relationship. With the book only being about 250 pages the words flew by in a hurry, until it was all gone. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I recommend it to anyone who would like to experience a new take on the not-so-original teen romance books.
Reviewed by McKenzie S., Teen Board Member on September 28, 2016