Review: How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life
Release Date: October 18 2011
Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers
Pages: 341
Genre :YA/Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Goodreads Synopsis:
Jill MacSweeney just wants everything to 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. You can't lose one family member and simply replace him with a new one, and when her mom decides to adopt a baby, that's exactly what it feels like she's trying to do. And that's decidedly not normal. With her world crumbling around her, can Jill come to embrace a new member of the family?

Mandy Kalinowski knows 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, she knows she wants a better life for her baby. But can giving up a child be as easy as it seems? And will she ever be able to find someone to care for her, too?

Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about what it means to be a family and the many roads we can take to become one


My Thoughts:
This was such an amazing novel. I was emotionally inspired by How To Save A Life. It is such a heartbreaking tale of loss and family. The love that can be given under any circumstance. When we think that we are at our darkest hour and that the loss that we have experienced is too much to bear, a light comes from the most unexpected place.


This story is so beautiful in so many ways. A family who becomes so much more than they ever could have hoped for.


I loved Mandy and Jill's individual stories. The way Sara allows us to view both sides of the same situation made the story all that more enjoyable. I was a little disappointed in Mandy at some parts but considering her circumstance I can understand why she was a little unsure of how things were going to turn out. 


I laughed and I cried and How To Save A Life will always have a special place in my heart. The greatest story of love and longing that I have read in a very long time.


Sara Zarr is a remarkable author with an amazing voice and I am thrilled that I was able to share in Mandy and Jill's story.


I Give This 5/5 Hearts!

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