Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review ~ How to save a Life by Sara Zarr

About the book:  How to Save a life by Sara Zarr

When high-school-senior Jill MacSweeney learns that her widowed mother has agreed to an open adoption no lawyers, no agencies, no background checks, no binding agreements she is appalled and even more grief-stricken. Of course, her mom is lonely, but you can't just replace your husband her dad with a baby! To make matters worse, the baby's mother, Mandy, will live with Jill and her mother in the last month of her pregnancy. Told in the alternating voices of Jill and Mandy, this multilayered, complex story of life, death, and the meaning of family will simultaneously distress and gratify. The characters are achingly human. Jill, bewildered at the unexpected death of her father, has shut out her friends completely. Her mother, so ready to nurture and care for another, finds herself unable to cross the barrier of silence and grief Jill has constructed. Mandy needs a mother, not a baby, and cannot bear the thought of giving up this suddenly secure life that she has happened upon a life her new baby will enjoy without her. Filled with so many frustrations, so many dilemmas needing reasonable solutions, and so much hope and faith in the midst of sadness, Zarr's novel is a rich tapestry of love and survival that will resonate with even the most cynical readers.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.

About the author:  Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of Once Was Lost , Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this book a lot.  Sara Zarr made the characters so believable.  I found myself really feeling for both Jill and Mandy and all that each were going through. I was very happy with the ending especially since it played out exactly as I kept hoping it would...something that rarely happens in books.  The summary above doesn't mention Ravi, but he's another character from the story that I really liked a lot, I think you will too.  Especially you young ladies!!!!  He's super cute!

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