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FLASHBACK FRIDAY (15): HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
Apr 25th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: HOW TO SAVE A LIFE

by Sara Zarr

Published: October 18, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Find it here: Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

 

From Goodreads:10757806

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 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.

My review:

Oh Sara – thank you for such a beautiful novel! HOW TO SAVE A LIFE is written in a way that the reader will feel connected to these characters as their stories pour off the pages. Told in alternating voice, Jill MacSweeney is facing the prospect of dealing with becoming an older sister when her mom decides she has to adopt a baby after her husband of 25 years dies in a tragic accident. Mandy Kalinowski is the eighteen-year-old girl who is going to make that possible through an open adoption. When these two teens meet their lives intertwine in such powerful ways that it’s impossible to put this book down. The reader is carried into the middle of the conflict, experiencing the frustration, fear, love, and anguish, which is described vividly. Though the circumstances described in this book are highly unusual, they’ll definitely make you think about issues such as: What makes up a family? When do you give a friend space and when do you pull that friend close? How does one grieve a loss? And how much do you allow circumstances to alter the love you feel for someone?

Don’t miss HOW TO SAFE A LIFE! It’s a winner.

This is one stand-alone novel that I’d love to read a sequel.

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