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March 4, 2014

Book review: "Safe with Me" by Amy Hatvany

You’ve had the best of times. You’ve seen the worst of times.

The former seems like a tissue in a hurricane: here, then whisked away in a blink, as though it never occurred. The latter is something like a car stuck in a snowstorm: you just spin in place, waiting for the right push.

Best. Worst. You’ve known them equally. And, as in the new book “Safe with Me” by Amy Hatvany, you know that you’ll live through both of them.

Salon owner Hannah Scott was sure that she’d reminded her twelve-year-old daughter, Emily to wear her bike helmet at least a million times. A million times, and Emily usually did as she was told – except one warm afternoon when she didn’t, and was hit by a car in front of her house.

At the hospital, her daughter gone, Hannah spun in grief. What would she do without Emily? Would she consider donating Emily’s organs? It was something she’d never thought about – then again, neither were funeral arrangements for her only child.

When doctors told Olivia Bell that they might finally have a liver for her fifteen-year-old, Maddie, she felt elation and sadness. Maddie’s illness was critical, but Olivia hated that someone else’s child had to die so that hers might live. Still, it meant an end to this whole ordeal. As soon as Maddie was feeling better, Olivia could relax about that part of her life and return to the other part: her escape from her abusive husband, James.

Maddie hated the new school her father made her attend. She wasn’t tall and model-thin like the other girls at the school; bloated from anti-rejection meds and with thin, stringy hair, she was sure she’d never fit in. So when her Mom offered to take her to a new salon for a cut-and-highlight, she agreed but she wasn’t sure if it would help her feel any better about her pathetic life.

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