Review: Save the Enemy by Arin Greenwood

Save the EnemyPublishing Date: November 12, 2013 by Soho Teen
Format: ARC paperback
Pages: 288

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-forgotten martial arts and survivalist skills that her widowed father insisted on teaching her (because that is excellent for her social life), Zoey has nothing to offer Pete or anyone else.

Then Dad is kidnapped.  Zoey suddenly finds herself sole caretaker of a younger brother she barely understands.  Worse, Ben seems to hold the key to their father’s disappearance in his Dream Diary, a bizarre journal of names and places Ben claims that their mother shares from beyond the grave.  And as if Zoey didn’t have enough on her plate, there’s Pete, who stubbornly refuses to leave her side.

Relying on the skills she never wanted to learn – Dad might have had his reasons after all – Zoey is plunged into a lethal battle to rescue her father, protect her brother, and determine the identity of her family’s true enemy.

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 such a fun read. Zoey felt authentic and I really liked that.

Another thing I really enjoyed is Zoey’s voice. She’s funny and very out there, which I liked a lot, and her interactions with the other characters in the book were fun to read. My only complaint in regards to her character was at times she seemed to put off moving the story forward, which was a bit frustrating because I wanted to know what was going to happen!

My only other major complaint is one I can’t include in the review due to spoilers, but overall this was a really fun, over-the-top read, so as long as you’re on board with that as a reader, this is a book you should enjoy. I am hoping that there might be another book written in the future!

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!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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