hope after loss. Read Common Sense Media’s How to Save a Life review, age rating, and parents guide. Sara Zarr · Coming of Age; Save · Rate book. 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. 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.

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What a lot of people seem to think is that this was justified by their lives, that they had good reasons for being the people they were. The First Part Last.

How to Save a Life

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It all unfolds beautifully in the story, and it filled my heart with so much love for these two girls that I just want the best for them too. And How to Save a Life? Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy.

Is it more or less realistic? Again I may be slightly in love with the story but not necessarily with the characters.


Unflinching honesty is what I can always count on from Sara Zarr – and I love that. Told from the perspectives of 2 hw girls – Mandy, who is pregnant and is considering to give up her baby for adoption, and Jill, the only daughter of a recently widowed woman who wants to take in Mandy’s child – it felt just too cheaply 16 and Pregnant to me.

My ARC shows two empty benches. And if she does, what happens to her after that? wave

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Mandy discovers that maybe her life isn’t all that bad and its alright to trust someone other than yourself and they won’t let you down. Well… technically … but no.

Seriously, that eluded me for so LONG.!

And that’s a huge problem. I don’t buy it. Cornfields, Ferris wheels and stars.

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What’s weird, though, is that the cover on Goodreads shows a girl on the bench to the right. No, not the kind of lies that are probably running through your head- the mafia lies, the killing lies. People who are looking for immaculately written, contemporary YA fiction. The side characters – Robin, Ravi, whoever Jill’s boyfriend was named – also felt fully-formed and lfie interesting.

Jan 03, Tatiana rated it it was amazing Shelves: And yet, Zarr makes us come to understand Mandy perfectly, delving into her mind and witnessing her steady growth as she comes to realize where – and who – she truly belongs with. At least this is how they all initially seem to be.


Stay up to date on new reviews. I also didn’t care for the neat and happy bow and the end. Subjects Young Adult Fiction. By that, I mean, her books are never weighed down with extraneous detail, melodrama, or flowery, unnecessary language.

Jill works at a fictional bookstore chain. Will she ever ohw someone to care for her, too?

They met at that fair and got together there. Jul 31, Reynje rated it it was amazing Shelves: Plus it also has a plethora of great well-developed secondary characters including two boys who are both lovely in different ways and even as they were part of savd love triangle neither was turned into a villain to make the choice easier — because ultimately choosing between two people you care for is not easy.

I do not mean a love triangle.

The Fray’s song “How to save a life” has been stuck in my head the entire time while reading this