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How to Save A Life

Zarr, Sara (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
How to Save A Life


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Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
Authors: Zarr, Sara
Title: How to save a life
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown,, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sara Zarr
Summary: Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.
ISBN: 9780316036061
0316036064
Branch Call Number: y ZARR 2011
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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Normally, I hate, hate, HATE this kind of book. I mean, read that summary. Doesn't it sound sappy as hell? But Sara Zarr makes it work, bless her. The characters are great - fresh, realistic, and with great voices. The chapters alternate between their points of view and you can really see the difference in their voices. I hate it when different POV's read exactly the same. Despite the seemingly low stakes throughout the book, the tension and emotion the characters are feeling is real, and that's what creates the engagement. For me this book was compulsively readable. I had to know what would happen next, even though it wasn't like an explosion or alien invasion was going to pop up. Very well-crafted realistic fiction.

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sara Zarr's realistic YA fiction is always compulsively readable and this novel is no exception. Exploring issues of grief, family, and belonging, Zarr creates two distinct voices that tell equally compelling stories that intertwine slowly as Jill and Mandy begin to form a bond.

Report This Jul 22, 2012
  • reader1995 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really good read, i am happy i judged a book by its cover, otherwise i would never pick up a book like this. its a really nice, touching read

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Report This Jul 09, 2013
  • AAFang rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the story of two girls, Jill and Mandy. Jill's father dies a year ago, and she's just beginning to come back and reconnect with her friends. Mandy is running away from a life she doesn't want her unborn daughter to endure. When Jill's mother decides to adopt Mandy's baby, the two girls' lives intersect. Both will need to change, grow and learn to say yes to life.

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