Saving Daisy by Phil Earle
Published by Puffin
Losing love, fighting guilt, seeking hope.
Daisy’s mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it and as far as Daisy’s concerned, it’s all her fault…
Saving Daisy is a powerful and moving story that follows the life of Daisy Houghton who first featured in Phil Earle’s critically acclaimed debut, Being Billy.
As Daisy struggles with misplaced guilt over her mother’s death, she turns to extreme and violent measures and soon her life starts spiralling out of control. This leads to tragedy and suddenly Daisy finds herself left all alone. But sometimes the kindness of a stranger can turn things around. A stranger who desperately wants to save Daisy – if she’ll only let herself be saved.
Saving Daisy is one of the books I have been looking forward to for month now and I am pleased to say it lived up to all expectations and I enjoyed it as much, if not more than, I enjoyed Being Billy.
The thing I loved about this book the most was Daisy. She is so brilliantly raw and realistic. I could see so much of her in kids I teach. She's this fragile bundle of emotional damage wrapped up in an overwhelming amount of guilt. As you follow her through all the various things she goes through your heart goes out to her and you just want to pick her up take her home and wrap her in blankets, feed her chocolate and tell her everything will be ok.
Daisy's life turns upside down after the accident, which she feels completely responsible for, and leaves her totally alone. After a stint in hospital she ends up in a home for other teenagers with issues. The characters you meet are larger than life and the way in which they react to and interact with Daisy are brilliantly entertaining to read about.
Once at the home Daisy meets Ade and she slowly becomes the adult that finally starts to get through and starts to help saving Daisy from herself and finally starts to bring her round to the idea that all the things she blames herself were not actually her fault. I loved that she had real insight to help Daisy having lived a turbulent younger life herself.
A brilliant read with a main character which your heart goes out to. A real emotional ride which touches you and tears you between feeling heartbroken for daisy through to feeling warm and fuzzy inside for her as things finally work out. Highly recommended.
READ IT FOR THE BRITISH BOOKS CHALLENGE 2012