How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Release Date: October 18, 2011
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Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: Advance Reader Copy
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Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends–everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.
Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted–to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?
As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy–or as difficult–as it seems.
Sara Zarr is such a fabulous writer. Every time I read one of her novels I am amazed at her story telling abilities. She can take a story that sounds so cliche and make it into something powerful and moving. She can take characters that I abhor and found annoying and make me care for them and their fictional existence.
I’ll admit. I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book. As much as I love Sara Zarr…. pregnant girl, recently deceased father. The whole thing sounded like an after school special to me and really it wasn’t my sort of thing. But I should have known that Sara wouldn’t let me down.
I didn’t like the characters at the beginning. AT. All. Jill was just rude and selfish! Mandy was so innocent and naive that it was annoying. Somewhere along the magical road of Zarr’s words I started to care for these two girls. I can’t exactly pinpoint when it happened, but it did.
How to Save a Life is a richly written story with an incredible cast of characters that I will not soon forget.
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