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How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Sara Zarr
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316036064
Source: American Center Library

Goodreads Summary: 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.

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My Views: This one is a different kind of a book. It is such a new concept for me. Something serious, stark, un-revealed yet so true, so heartfelt and real.

The story is told from the perspective of two girls, Jill and Mandy. And it’s good to get into their minds, to know them better, to hear what they think, to get to know them intimately and how they are as a person.

The story is sentimental and emotional and tugs at your heart. It talks about how life is unpredictable and situations that happen which we haven’t even dreamt of. It makes you feel emotions – from being happy to sad, angry, frustrated. It is a book of THAT kind.

Though it’s not a page-turner like a thriller, you still want to read on to know what happens. You cry for Mandy, hug Jill. No, probably it won’t make you cry. It’s not a sad book.

It’s just something that comes once in a while and makes you think about things that matter, think about your life, goals and things you should be greatful for.

In all, read this one when you are in a neutral mood. I can’t guarantee it won’t make you sadder if you are already sad. 🙂

4/5 stars – I really liked it.



Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

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