Not If I Save You First (Ally Carter)


  • Grandmother Cringe Rating (GCR): 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Ages: 16+

After witnessing the attempted abduction of the First Lady (and her best friend’s mom), Maddi and her father leave the high stress life of body guard to the President, and move to the Alaskan backcountry. All goes well until her best friend (President’s son) is moved to stay with her in Alaska, to protect him from his own poor choices. Only, now the Russians have found him, and it will take all of Maddie’s new-found wilderness skills to save him.

  • Language – None
  • Violence – Russians attempt to kidnap a 10 year old boy’s mom. Two 10 year olds see a gun fight between Secret Service and Russians; the girl’s father gets shot saving the president, the boy gets shot also, but both survive. A teen girl is hit in the head with a gun and kicked off a cliff, but survives. A teen boy is kidnapped by a Russian. A few scuffles between a teen boy and a Russian kidnapper, with threats of violence from the man if the teen doesn’t stop fighting. A man slaps a teen girl hard. The kidnapper shoots a park ranger point blank and kills him in front of two teens. A teen girl is shot in the shoulder and bleeds as she and the teen boy try to survive in wild Alaska. A man holds a gun to a teen girl’s head. A teen girl throws a knife into a man’s heart to kill him and save the teen boy.
  • Sexuality – A teen boy walks in on a teen girl in a taking a bath in a washtub, both are embarrassed but nothing is said about how much he saw. A teen girl kisses a teen boy in order to pass handcuff keys from her mouth to his. Two teens strip their wet clothes off and dress in dry sweats and robes while facing away from each other, then fall asleep in each other’s arms but do nothing more than hold hands. A teen boy kisses a teen girl, then he kisses her neck.

This, often light-hearted tale of forgiveness, trust and survival, will keep youths at the edge of their seats. The action is appropriate for the scenes and lacks the unnecessary roughness often associated with such a novel.

However, because of the kissing and emotional longing between the two, plus the voilence listed above, I would not recommend this book for kids under 16.

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