Teen romance, Gen Y style
Girl Saves Boy
by Steph Bowe
Text Publishing, $19.95 pb, 280 pp, 9781921656590
Jewel Valentine saves Sacha Thomas when she pulls him, unconscious, from a lake. Girl resuscitates boy, and, for better or worse, their fates are sealed. Jewel and Sacha’s voices intertwine throughout this beguiling début novel from Steph Bowe. Written when she was just thirteen, Bowe takes the teen romance genre and gives it an edge. Here is a journey to first love between an enigmatic girl with a past and a sketchbook, and a grief-laden boy with a terminal illness.