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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Reading about pregnant teens is not my firs choice. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [How did Mandy and Christopher know each ,ife Open Preview See a Problem? I like the song. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, and Response. Hasta ese punto llego con la parte racial.

So, let’s agree xarr one thing first: She took a ridiculous premise and made me forget it. Reading part of her trying to do these was painful as well.

Because like I said… jeez, these girls were difficult to love and these guys have the patience of a saint. 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.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

This book was sad and hard to read at times. 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?


A little predictable, but it ended exactly as I wanted it to. Or the plot, but I’ll get to that in a bit. Mandy and Jill are two girls who want more. Thanks Crystal for sending me this one!!! She’s pregnant and is giving up q baby in an open adoption to Jill’s mother, Robin.

Sep 07, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: She was the perfect kind of loving mother, the grieving kind of wife, the rock of relationships. I really enjoyed reading about the girls and how they lived in their respective homes.

How to Save a Life Book Review

It is hard to explain what made me love this book, the words are hard to find. I could understand why Jill would rather avoid her, aside from the fact that she was carrying the baby that Jill never wanted to be a part of their family.

I could also relate to Jill; to her desperate fear of love and intimacy, after experiencing real loss for the first time. They just pass by you without marking their presence and you move on with your life with no alterations on your part.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

safa Mandy, who has grown up with her mother, has always felt the distinct loss of love in her life. People who love train journeys. Notify me of new posts via email. Witnessing Mandy forming unhealthy attachments to people she’s just met is excruciating. Her narrative is full of suffocating grief, but also full of regret.

How to Save a Life

Others it was funny and quirky. Zarr certainly is a master at portraying teen pain — and I admire the way she chronicles grief and other Big Issues without being condescending or too heavy-handed.


They all have huge faults, they’re all creatively insane, and they each have their stupid moments. The characters in How to Save a Life are hard to like. I confess I was a bit apprehensive starting this since more than several reviews mention how unlikeable the characters were. View all 16 comments. Teen, 17 years old Written by abbacus April 10, This story held special meaning for me since I was also pregnant around the same age as Mandy, and I felt the author did an okay job telling Mandy’s POV.

Now here’s the problem: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. But Jill, I’m not too sure about. Both these guys got a bit of a rough deal in this story. This isn’t just a story of a pregnant teen, or one mourning the loss of a parent. Seriously, that eluded me for so LONG.! Jill’s first line hooked me already and it went enjoyable all along. How can she accept a random high-school dropout into their home for a month, accept her child, without a lawyer or a contract?

Maybe this baby is a good thing and I’m just not seeing it. Maybe not love them, but understand them and revel in their growth and transformation. Zarr makes the storytelling seem effortless — something I admire and appreciate as both an author and a reader. Oct 18, CalypK rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Jan 10, Minutes Young Adult.

I give my whole body to yes.