Something Worth Saving: A Family Drama from the Cat’s Point of View

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Book Review


Something Worth Saving
by Sandi Ward

Kensington Books
December 18, 2018




Something Worth Saving is a heartfelt story about a boy and his cat—Charlie and Lily. Charlie chose Lily from all of the other cats at the shelter. She walked with a limp from an old injury and he loved her right away. 

This family drama, told from the perspective of the cat, interweaves a variety of themes including coming-of-age, sexual identity, divorce, and abuse. Charlie’s mother kicked Dad out of the house and his oldest brother, Kevin, misses him desperately. His sister, Victoria, has a new boyfriend hanging around. And Mom has been acting strange toward the new handy-man. The house is in turmoil. Lily is the only one who has seen the bruises on Charlie’s body, and she becomes determined to figure out who is responsible. 

“Lily knows what it’s like to feel helpless. But she also knows that you don’t always have to be the biggest or the strongest to fight fiercely for the ones you love . . .”

Though heavy topics, Ward’s poetic writing style keeps the story light and heartwarming. We highly recommend this book to animal lovers looking for a heartfelt story with a bit of humor. 

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Observations/Advice from the Cat:

Perhaps it is unfair. But that’s just the way the world works. The world is made up of predator and prey. Some creatures are big and athletic, natural hunters – like myself – and we rule the top of the food chain. I can clear our yard of any bug, bird, or animal that becomes a nuisance. But other creatures are born frail, or they become weak because of age or illness. It is a fact of life (25).

It is unfortunate that humans feel the need to talk so much, to fill every silence. They should hear themselves talk sometimes. They would realize how much energy they waste (69). 

I love my humans, but sometimes they can be foolish (107). 

But the fact is, this is one thing we can all count on: Things will not stay the same. No matter how much we might want them to (135).


Thank you Sandi Ward for sending me an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!



  1. Jazz

    I like the sounds of this. Pets are such an important part of our families and it would be interesting to see just how much of the daily drama they absorb. Going to add this to my TBR!

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