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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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy. And they’re all a little bit muddled, and hurt, stung. Notify me of new comments via email. So if you are looking for a book to curl up with.

How to Save a Life — sara zarr

Add your rating See all 3 kid reviews. Jill MacSweeney was once an outgoing girl with lots of friends and a boyfriend, Dillon.

She’s quickly becoming one of my sources of inspiration online, and I like that her books reflect what she believe in. I like Mandy’s friendliness though it sometimes annoying and stupid.

Review of “How To Save A Life” by Sara Zarr | Rhapsody in Books Weblog

So imagine my surprise at how much I loved this book. Nov 12, karen rated it bh liked it Shelves: How to Save a Life is a thing of beauty. How to Save a Life touched me in the way not many novels have. Jan 11, Komal Mikaelson rated it it was amazing Llife it for: The characters were flawed and imperfect, and the alternating narration between Amanda and Jill offered an in-depth understanding of them both. So it’s up to the reader, I guess. She is skeptical of everything.


And that’s why I couldn’t stand her character arc. Although she appears to be a cactus, instantly pricking those who come too close, her inner strength is incredible and her character persona is real in its flaws. A little predictable, but it ended exactly as I wanted saev to. I liked the cover.

Zarr is so good at chronicling the pain and insecurity of damaged teens. She doesn’t trust Mandy. Mandy was a hard character for me to like.

Parents need to know that this book is about a pregnant teen and hod family adopting her baby. The writing is flawless because despite all this rawness and drama, the story never approaches the melodrama; the emotional state of each character is never cheapened by forced developments, instead feel real and natural. If that isn’t a victory of immense proportions for the Zarr side, what is?

I felt that everything about this lige was just a lot more polished than Story of a Girland it was wholly more satisfying for it. Read by my eyes. I admit to be that kind of person, unfortunately, so sometimes reading Mandy’s chapters were a struggle. So many different types of love were represented as well. View all 61 comments. What’s the Name o I loved the writing – beautiful but without being burdened by prose that is too flowery – and I thought every single character had something to offer the story, no one introduced was wasted.

She is angry, defiant, grieving. Or maybe it will be a black hole that will suck us in and tear us to bits. I thought that Jill should have had to own up to a few things throughout the book and for some reason the author just gave her a by on all of it. A lot or a little? After reading – and absolutely loving – Small Damages earlier this year, however, I began to realize that my pre-conceived notions about novels that dealt with teen pregnancy were utterly unfounded.


When Amanda finds out she’s pregnant, she decides she’s going to put the baby up for adoption. I love me some Sara Zarr. But I was proven once again that a lifd writer can crash my preconceived notions. The Best Parts Dylan. Soy gente de libros 1. And I know that Christopher should be told about the baby, but it felt too much like Mandy seeking for some kind of outside completion, outside validation. With him, Jill is able to confront her past ghosts and come to terms with her father’s death, along with the new change in her life that includes Mandy and a baby – one who will be Jill’s younger sister or brother.

I could also relate to Jill; to her desperate fear of love and intimacy, after experiencing real loss for the first time. She’s expected to have the baby, hand it over, then leave. When pregnant teen Mandy sarx to live with the family adopting her baby, she is leaving behind a mean mother and her mother’s sexually abusive boyfriend. Sorry this is my second question but i was only alowed so many characters.

When we first meet Mandy, she is chatting up a fellow stranger on a train, helplessly trying to ingratiate herself within his life, much to his surprise.