Rose decides to volunteer in her daughter's cafeteria as a "lunch mom" when she learns that Melly is being bullied. Melly, a Harry Potter fan and gifted student, carries the burden of a birthmark on her face. This birthmark makes Melly an obvious target in the third grade - an age where kids seem to naturally hone in on any little difference they may find. When Rose catches Amanda and her close friends harassing her daughter, she decides to give her a stern talking to. In a moment, all of her decisions up to that moment are called in to question when all of their lives hang in the balance as a result.
I loved the idea of this book. As the parent of an elementary student with medical issues, I am very aware of the issue of bullying in schools. When I began reading this story I initially was captivated and couldn't put the book down. For the first 100 pages of so, I was thrilled with Save Me. However, the magic didn't last. The story Scottoline tries to weave becomes a tangled, far-fetched mess when Rose goes into Nancy Drew mode and the twists and turns become so frequent that I literally had to force myself to finish the book.
Interesting and promising premise, but ultimately a disappointing read.