Editorial Reviews. Review. Author One-on-One: Jenny Han Interviews Sara Zarr Jenny Han. Author Jenny Han recently sat down with Sara Zarr to. Book Review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr. Posted on October 12, Title: How to Safe a Life. Author: Sara Zarr. Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult. Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her.

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Normally I would ramble on about how the plot was good and how the other characters were equally as good here, but to z perfectly honest, I can’t. I end this review with a quote from her post about the book on the Good Letters Bloglifee I think sums up bj I loved this book so much: Coming of Age Book type: And also out of fear that Zarr was going to shatter me lifr the end.

This book comes highly praised from a lot of my friends, most of whom seemed to have a far deeper emotional connection to everything than I did. YA teenager ran away from home because her step father was abusive and had inappropriate relations with her while her mom is working. For whatever reason I find the cover makes me feel lonely. Her Mother has the hairbrained idea to adopt this baby involving no lawyers and no middle men. How to Save a Life is a YA novel about 2 teenage girls whose lives intersect at a time they are both going though big, life-changing events.

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She’s pregnant and is giving up her baby in an open adoption to Jill’s mother, Robin. 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.

But most of the positive reviews don’t mention the prose. Jill’s dad smoked cigars on weekends. I just finished this one and really enjoyed it. And the entire point of Jill’s arc was apparently supposed to be that she was getting over her father’s death and becoming a better person, but there was too much reasonless forgiveness sada not enough of Jill regretting what she’d done.


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Ljfe finds adoption-seeking mother-to-be Mandy on an internet bulletin board, and arranges for her to come to Denver for the final month of her pregnancy. Sep 02, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

No, not the kind of lies that are probably running through your head- the mafia lies, the killing lies. View all 20 comments. This one had me in tears! Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels? Books by Sara Zarr. Although it isn’t an oddity, or rare, it’s not something talked about much on the streets; luckily, Zarr was able to open her mind, and the mind of readers, to spontaneity and unconditional, irrational love. Mandy is eight months pregnant and takes a desperate chance on Robin, a middle aged widow who agrees to adopt her child with no yb, lawyers, or social workers.

She is a mess. asra

Hardcoverpages. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Without disrespect to the work that goes into crafting a novel, sometimes reading certain books can feel like nothing more than following words across paper. I felt for each and every one of the characters.

Zarr has a talent for telling the story. The Best Parts Dylan. It felt like someone was squeezing my heart. I was searching for something different; something easy but substantial, and this turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. There’s a very subtle theme in How to Save a Lifeand it’s that you can be loved no matter what has happened to you or who you are, and that everyone has a right to be loved. Ssara is such a lucky girl because she comes from a great family with loving parents.


I have never read Zarr, but it seems like she has a really great handle on her material and her characters. I suppose I could recommend it if you’re interested in teen pregnancy, but zard than that, I’d ny it a pass. And if you encounter a bit of a slow start like I did, know that it is well worth continuing on. Jill sees this as a HUGE problem.

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I highly recommend it for young-adult contemporary. They coerce you to ponder about the story, the characters, the words. Savr an asshole to Mandy and a lot of others throughout the course of the novel, but this gets no resolution whatsoever; everybody forgives her for no reason without any effort on her part, and she never regrets anything she does.

I got it on audiobook and it has the best narrators to compliment the amazing writing! The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm.

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The books that are so hauntingly beautiful and life changing that you pause a moment and realise the true beauty of the book and emerge a different better person. Where Jill came from a regular home with loving parents and a group of chatty friends, Mandy never knew her father and was bh with the concept of friends.

I thought this book was good. Alas, you are not so lucky — because I am a wordy betch, and I really like to get my fangirl on. The thing is, though, is that it’s very hard not to relate to them. And How to Save a Life simply proved me right. Plus there are some themes in YA that I absolutely have no interest in reading about – teen pregnancy is right there, at As seen on The Readventurer Frankly, I was taken aback by the synopsis of Sara Zrar ‘s new novel when I first read it.