Kidd is not a regular person, but he’s trying to be. Escaping from his group home and therapy, he lands a maintenance job at a beach campsite, where he starts his own philosophy of life book. Influenced by his troubled boss, Red, and the enigmatic Devon, Kidd sorts through his thoughts and a past filled with violence and loss. He also meets Olivia, a girl with whom he finds deep connection despite their vastly different upbringings.
Narrated in flashbacks during what he calls solitary confinement, Kidd recounts his desire to protect Olivia. Hinted at in the beginning, and fully played out in the end, Kidd takes dramatic action to ensure Olivia’s safety, but we hope he also saves himself from a life of pain and self-loathing.
The best stories are hard to explain. Matt de la Peña tells a really good story in I Will Save You, one of love and hope, overcoming the past and trying to see life clearly. There’s no shirking from death, violence and other vices, but there’s no over-dramatizing either.