Sara Zarr's How To Save A Life

Time for another fabulous Bookanista Thursday! Today I'm hanging out with a bunch of authors in Southern California - including two of my BFFs - to say I am PSYCHED is an understatement. Expect a tn of pictures tomorrow! But for today, check out these fabulous Bookanista reviews:
On to my Bookanista Shout out for Sara Zarr's HOW TO SAVE A LIFE

Release Date: October 18, 2011

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
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.
Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about the many roads that can lead us home.
Why I liked it: 
It is no secret that I am a huge Sara Zarr fan, so when this book came out, I had to read it. Let me assure you, it DID NOT disappoint! Sara captured both Mandy and Jiill's feelings and voice in a way that is a lesson for writers. Each voice is unique and special. I never needed to look at the chapter headings to "know" which character was speaking. The topic is a difficult one, and Sara tackled it in an authentic way that I consider both brave and heroic. This is a book NOT to be missed!

What are you reading these days? Have any MUST READS??


  1. You already know I love that book! I want to read it again, hopefully "as a writer" so I can see how Sara did what she did. But I imagine I'll get sucked right into the story again and forget to study it. ;)


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