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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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I have a tendency to keep to myself and hold people at a distance sometimes.

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Mandy, who has grown up with her mother, has always felt the distinct loss of love in her life. Column 4 Our impact report: View all 16 comments. Is it Howw for kids to read books outside their reading levels?

These two girls’ journey to accept and get the best out of each other was truly magical. Only instead of getting a baby from the adoption agency, they get the teen mom-to-be in the last weeks of her pregnancy.

How to Save a Life Book Review

Honestly, I thought both characters were unlikeable. View all 5 comments. Mandy never finds out, Jill never regrets it, zard the plot sort of just forgets about it. But that awkwardness, that lack of something becomes increasingly distressing when the story progresses and she reveals more of herself.

The author manages to steer the plot so gracefully that there isn’t a dull moment. And that’s a huge problem. It’s not easy, of course, but it eventually teaches them about what trust is and how to deal with their problems. I truly loved seeing the journey of enemies-to-friends; it was such a natural, realistic transition. By that, I mean, her books are never weighed down with extraneous detail, melodrama, or flowery, unnecessary language.


View all 6 comments. How to Save a Life is a thing of beauty. Maybe this baby is a good thing and I’m just not seeing it. People who like bad Mexican food and pancakes. During the course of the novel, I was so exasperated with her being bitchy and shutting everyone out that i literally wanted to slap her.

But it was all for naught. Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

She’s quickly becoming one of my sources of inspiration online, and I like that her books reflect what she believe in. What Zarr is best as is character development. I can’t say I’m shocked that it was good, the other reviews made me sure I would love this story, but I still find it surprising that this subject matter has been turned into something fresh and new.

The MacSweeneys lost a husband and father a year ago, and while the wife, Robin, has been doing everything she can to keep going – How to Save a Life touched me in the way not many novels have.

But at that point, it was the ending that the characters needed. You know the type hwo people who throw themselves at you, needing attention, who will stick to you and will tell you everything about their lives and will consider you their best friend within a few minutes of knowing you?

I’m a big fan of Sara Zarr, not just her books but her posts at the Good Letters blog. In this sense, both Jill and Mandy felt very real, and I cared about fo and their situations. Mandy and Jill are two girls who want more. View savs 8 comments. It is amazing to look at the way Miss Zarr string a couple of words together and creates such sentences that you want to stop and reread them to try and absorb their meaning.


When we are reading from Jill’s point of view Mandy comes off as kind of dumb, asking a lot of awkward questions. Jill is hurting, lashing out and isolating herself from others to keep her grief contained. I tp searching for something different; something easy but substantial, and this turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

When the delivery date nears, she moves in with Robin and Jill. And the entire point of Jill’s arc was apparently supposed to be that she was getting over her father’s death and becoming a better person, but there was too much reasonless forgiveness and not enough of Jill regretting what she’d done. And though this was also a sad book, I sxra glad the ending was happier and had a greater sense of closure than Story of a Girl did. But I also get how Jill’s feeling about Robin’s decision.

I thought Mandy was lide good in this regard; by the end of the book, I felt like she had learned from her mistakes and become a better person, and that’s what’s important. I enjoyed that neither girl was exactly likable. Looking for More Great Reads? Zarr knows her way around a gray area, and the two “battling” girls — pregnant Mandy and distrustful Jill — are no treat, either of them.

How to Save a Life

Read it Forward Read it first. She has had a tough life. Yes, the story is finished and complete, but the author knew the perfect moment to call it quits and didn’t cheapen the story with an unnecessary amount of details in the wrap-up.