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The Struggle Continues…A Review of Venessa Kimball’s “Saving Gavin” Description: “A trigger pulled. A tragedy realized. A boy displaced. Can Gavin be saved or will he be forever lost?

When Gavin Ferguson reached his breaking point, he dismantled everyone in his wake.
The bullying, the secrets, his father’s death, how he was different, it was all too much to bear. In his mind, the trigger was set and needed to be pulled.
Saving Gavin delves into the now displaced mind of Gavin as he is admitted to Pembroke Psychiatric Center after a tragic event at his high school. The question is can he be saved after such a dismantling trauma or is he forever lost?

*Saving Gavin is companion novelette book 1 in the Evan series, following the Amazon International best-selling full-length novel, Dismantling Evan.”

About the Author

Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a young adult paranormal/sci-fi series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013. In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series has been re-published with CHBB beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 re-published on September 24, 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 released November 2013. The fourth book in the series, Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 released May 13, 2014. Kimball’s compelling teen contemporary fiction novel, Dismantling Evan, released January 13, 2015. Venessa is currently working on the Evan series, but as for the future, she is filling her Work-In-Progress folder with some world piercing characters and stories. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.

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Twitter: @VenessaKimball



My Review

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Saving Gavin by Venessa Kimball continues Gavin’s painful struggle with mental illness. It was well-written and researched.

This book brought me joy and heartbreak. Gavin was one of my favorite characters from Dismantling Evan. I felt he was such an extraordinary, sensitive character. Saving Gavin showed that he was remorseful for his actions. I was elated when he finally made a friend. Andy helped Gavin open up. He had someone to share with. My heartbreak came when I learned his illness had reached a new level.

I highly recommend this novelette.

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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