What it’s about:
Seventeen year old Grace Delaney has been building up the courage to tell her best friend Aaron Wheeler that she is in love with him, but before she has a chance to, he is killed.
She swears to never love again, until Chase Ryder walks into her life-a notorious bad boy from her home town.
Everyone knows that Chase has spent time in juvi, but no-one knows why.
Grace is determined to stay away from him, but Aaron’s ghost keeps appearing and keeps telling her to move on.
When Grace finds out that Chase, like her, had a damaged childhood, she finally understands why he pushes people away. She decides to try to break down those walls he has built around himself and show him that he is worthy of love.
Grace is hiding a secret of her own about a life she lived before she met Chase. She tries to hide her past from him, but that secret is exposed.
They learn to trust each other and fall in love–but then Grace finds out the truth about what really happened the night Chase’s father died.
If Grace can’t learn to accept all of Chase, including his past, she risks losing her second love, too!
Saved by Grace is T.J. Rudolph’s debut novel. Some books are dubbed YA, but there is a level of sophistication and maturity about them that makes them read more like a book intended for an adult. Saved by Grace is a YA novel that is truly written for the young adult.
This emotional read respectfully addresses some tough topics. The teens in the story have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect, and loss. Beneath their normal façade lays a deep well of sadness and regret. It is safe to say there is a message of not understanding someone until you’ve walked in his shoes.
I didn’t anticipate the plot twists, and they provided an interesting story culmination. In the end, Grace and Chase really do need one another in order to survive (you’ll have to read the book to find out how they help one another). Overall, this sad tale is about not just dealing with loss but also forgiveness and moving on.