Oh, to be young and in love again. I’ve heard this said many times, and every time it still rings true. Keeping Claudia by Suzanne McKenna Link shows us how great young love is.
Almost three years ago, Suzanne released Saving Toby. Keeping Claudia is the second book of the series and follows the journey of two young adults, Toby Faye and Claudia Chiametti. Even though it’s part of a series, this book can be read a standalone.
A summary of Keeping Claudia
Taking place a few years after the first book ends, Claudia has returned to her home after being away at college. She and Toby hook back up almost as if she had never been gone. Toby is determined not to mess things up this time after Claudia gives him a second chance.
Like most couples, Toby and Claudia have their ups and downs. But their ups and downs stem from their different backgrounds. Claudia has family traditions and values while Toby doesn’t. These differences create a young love story a reader can’t forget.
What I thought about the young love book
So what do I think about Saving Claudia? I like this book a lot. I probably shouldn’t say liked. It’s more like loved this book. Right from the beginning, I was hooked much like I was with the first book.
Suzanne did a great job of keeping the story moving along. She also knew how to keep us in suspense, making us want to keep reading. Just when I thought Claudia and Toby had one thing under control, something else happened. Of course, I had to know what happened next so I couldn’t put the book down.
With the characters, Suzanne did a great job of making them real. I felt like they were people I could really know, and I got to know them through what they dealt with throughout the story. I could tell Suzanne has spent some time learning and understanding the younger generation.
Like with Saving Toby, my emotions were all over the place. One minute I was laughing at something, and the next minute I had tears in my eyes. If an author can make me feel those kind of emotions, then she has done her job in creating characters I could relate to.
Other than the length of the book, I have nothing bad to say about it. The book is long, but I didn’t notice that because of the story moves along. Before I knew it, I had finished.
Before I get to my recommendation, I will warn you that this book is for those eighteen and younger as there are a handful of scenes not appropriate for younger readers They aren’t too graphic, but I wouldn’t let anyone younger than eighteen read this book.
If you enjoy a great young love story involving a twenty-something couple, then this novel is definitely one you need to read. It would make a great beach read or even perhaps by the pool. Don’t wait until the end of the summer whatever you do!