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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She doesn’t trust Mandy. I do not mean a love triangle. Her narrative is full of suffocating grief, but also full of regret. In fact, there’s one thing I can pretty much quote directly from the review I wrote, about how there are two subjects in young adult books that would normally make me run a mile: First and foremost, it must be noted that I fell hard for the romance in this novel.

Enter Mandy Kalinowski, a teenage girl, pregnant and desperate to get away from her life. Some of the lines could have come off tired and preachy, but Zarr wrote with a certainty that screamed to me as a reader, that told me she had some pretty solid things going for her. Jill’s dad smoked cigars on weekends. But at that point, it was the ending that the characters needed. Her relationship with Jill was heartbreak in action. Will I ever get to it?

I have to start saying yes. She was utterly, undeniably, flawlessly perfect. Now here’s the problem: Seriously, that eluded me for so LONG.! They just pass by you without marking their presence and you move on with your life with no alterations on your part. Jill, who has recently lost her father, is grieving. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Reading Suggestions from a Massachusetts Librarian. I liked the cover. I felt for each and every one of the characters. The author manages to steer the plot so gracefully that there isn’t a dull moment.

And finally, this lovely story ends the exact way I wish for all books to end: Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Mandy made me very uncomfortable at first.

Mandy is pregnant and wants a better life for her baby, a life she never had. Um… well no, the eyeliner still bothered me. Could open up a good discussion about teen pregnancy — and allow families to share their own concerns and values. Jill’s mom is shown as capable and loving.

Continue zafr Show less. People who are looking for their mirror image. The sisterly-stuff going on between Jill and Mandy touched my heart deeply, and each conversation that went on between them brought tears to my eyes. My stories seem to always involve people choosing to love other people, in spite of the pain those people have sometimes brought them, in spite of the way they let each other down, in spite of both their minor imperfections and deep flaws.

This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged Book Review. Ohw sympathised with Jill.

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The first type are the ones that don’t leave such an impression on you. Mandy’s emotions during the pregnancy, her struggle to feel accepted, all of it was done wonderfully, to the point where I would’ve hardly cared if Jill was completely eliminated as a character.

In fact, the changes that happened to them didn’t feel like changes at all — they were choices.

It’s just that the book really concentrates on how Jill and Mandy’s lives were changed and saved by the choices that they and the people who loved them made. The characters were flawed and imperfect, and the alternating narration between Amanda and Jill offered an in-depth understanding of them both.


And, oh, the Voice. As the bow wound down to Mandy’s due saara, her unpredictable behavior became all the more intriguing. The narrators also had distinctive arcs which were realistic and somewhat interesting; Zarr certainly knows how to develop her characters.

Yeah, my love ran deep for Ravi. I would say it out loud if I thought I had the strength.

And How to Save a Life simply proved me right. I truly loved seeing the journey of enemies-to-friends; it was such a natural, realistic transition.

This story held special meaning for me since I was also pregnant around the pife age as Mandy, and I felt the author did an okay job telling Mandy’s POV. The train station is deserted, and the driver didn’t have the decency to stick around and see to it that the young, pregnant girl is okay.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

I’m actually endorsing a YA prego book. As good as Mandy’s character arc was, it would’ve been so much better if Zarr had made that a factor the entire time. But I did develop a certain soft spot for Dylan with his bleached hair, tattoos, piercings and… yes… even his eyeliner.

At one point I looked down at the page number — because I felt like I already knew them so well — and you know what page I was on? It’s a story about finding a sense of belonging, listening to the truth of one’s self and trusting your instincts. And if you encounter a bit of a slow start like I did, know that it is well worth continuing on.

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