Editorial Reviews. Review. Author One-on-One: Jenny Han Interviews Sara Zarr Jenny Han. Author Jenny Han recently sat down with Sara Zarr to. 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. 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.

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This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged Book Review. Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy. It certainly made me cry harder than any other book of hers.

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Be the first to review this title. I could also relate to Jill; to her desperate fear of love and intimacy, after experiencing real loss for the first time. As real as the characters became to me: Also by Sara Zarr.

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Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids. I truly loved seeing the journey of enemies-to-friends; it was such a natural, realistic transition. For this reason I think Mandy was the best written character. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [How did Mandy and Christopher know each other?

Although it isn’t an oddity, or rare, it’s not something talked about much on the streets; luckily, Zarr was able to open her mind, and the mind of readers, to spontaneity and unconditional, irrational love.


HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

For example, the prose. The first runs away. A realistic look at being a teen parent.

And i hope there will be a movie adaptation for this book. I think this is where most people really fell in love with the book, and I can completely see why. It follows the life of two teenagers- Jill and Mandy. Once you hear her story, you just want to pull her away from her old life and insecurities, give her a hug, take her home and take care of her and her unborn baby.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr. I don’t remember how I ended up buying this book. 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. Which makes them a treat. How to Save a Life is a gentle read with tons of depth and character growth. When the delivery date nears, she moves in with Robin and Jill.

Is it more or less realistic? I think this sounds like something I might enjoy — thanks! I liked it, but everyone else seems to LOVE it. You measure life in years and by the things that happen to you.

There’s a very subtle theme in How to Save a Lifeand it’s that you can be loved no matter what has happened to you or who you are, and that everyone has a right to be loved. I really liked and appreciated this one, too, though it was a difficult read at times.

View all 61 comments. I especially enjoyed all the care given to mention Mandy’s child and her own conflicted feelings over giving up the baby and wanting a better home for it. I wouldn’t say it would be a favorite of mine, but still worth reading. You know the type of 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?


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Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go ssara to normal. How to Save a Life is a YA novel about 2 teenage girls whose lives intersect at a time they are both going though big, life-changing events.

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The first type are the ones that don’t leave such an impression on you. Absent lofe mentioned, apart but disjointed, the boys in How to Save sada Life are more than just the catalysts for their women. The Fray’s song “How to save a life” has been stuck in my head the entire time while reading this Heck, it was the ending that I needed, the ending I hoped they would get. But after getting to know her, I can honestly say she was a real sweetheart. I liked Mandy and Jill despite their flaws. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.

Despite how cheesy the quote seems, How to Save a Life is a tale llfe overcoming the hardships you face in your life. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.

It was lite extremely well through the perspective of the girls and it really showed such a stark difference. For many teens, myself included, Mandy’s feelings are difficult to understand and even for adults, it’s a challenge to allow yourself to put yourself in a situation the way Mandy did.