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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I liked it, but everyone else seems to LOVE it. While these two girls, vivid protagonists whose lives seem so real, are the heart of How to Save a Life, so many other aspects made me appreciate it as well.

I like Jill’s boyishness, carefulness and suspiciousness. Like, yo a huge problem. Recommended to Alyssa by: Nov 12, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Seriously girl, try a little tenderness! Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal.

When we first meet Mandy, she is chatting up a fellow stranger on a train, helplessly trying to ingratiate herself within his life, much to his surprise. Oct 06, TheBookSmugglers rated it it was amazing.

The biggest example of this, other than the one I gave above, came when we find out three quarters of the way through the book that Kent, Mandy’s stepfather, was sexually abusive. Jill, who has recently lost her father, is grieving.


How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. I came up with a bunch of half-assed reasons for why her arc didn’t work for me, none of which I really believed, but my inspiration to rewrite this review came when – EUREKA!

The ending is perfect. Seriously, that eluded me for so LONG.! It’s not easy, of course, but it eventually teaches them about what trust is saraa how to deal with their problems.

I can’t say I’m shocked that it was good, the other reviews made me sure I would love this story, but I still find it surprising that this subject zzarr has been turned into something fresh and new.

And the second type are a whole lotta different. Boyfriends are thrown in the mix, and neither girl is above a little of the Machiavellian stuff. And the last seems to think a do over is best.

Although she appears to be a cactus, instantly pricking those who come too close, her inner strength is incredible hwo her character persona is real in its flaws. 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 llfe.

How to Save a Life Book Review

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She’s an asshole to Mandy and a lot of others throughout the course of the novel, but this gets no resolution whatsoever; everybody forgives her for no reason without any effort on her part, and she never regrets anything she does. I mean, just imagine the kind of life where your mother accuses you for being a burden. I confess I was a bit apprehensive starting this since gow than several reviews mention how unlikeable the characters were.


A tip of the hat to Sara Zarr. She has lost most of her friends. It was just very pleasant and easy to listen to. There are some sad aspects, but the story is ultimately sweet and uplifting. You know, how there are 2 types of books. But asra was all for naug OH MY. This was my first book by the author and I am awed. sxve

Their support helps each of them to start living for the future instead of the past. Ninth Grade Slays 2.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

And in the rock-paper-scissors of life, love is rock. Are stories like this one more likely to normalize teen parenthood — or help families think and talk about a difficult subject?

Her narrative is full of suffocating grief, but also full of regret.