hope after loss. Read Common Sense Media’s How to Save a Life review, age rating, and parents guide. Sara Zarr · Coming of Age; Save · Rate book. 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. 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.

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So imagine my surprise at how much I loved this book. These two girls’ journey to accept and get the best out of each other was truly magical. I like Mandy’s friendliness though it sometimes annoying and stupid. The language is clear and uncluttered, yet sometimes devastating in its emotional honesty. But the good reviews gave me something to look forward to, so zadr it at the start of felt like a perfect gift for myself.

It was heart rending to read about the kind of life she had had. I enjoyed that neither girl was exactly likable. But I would not have chosen to read the book solely on the synopsis of this book. See 2 questions about How to Save a Life….

I’m a big fan of Sarra Zarr, not just her books but her posts at the Good Letters blog. Or very very close to it. For this reason I think Mandy was the best written character. I like Jill’s boyishness, carefulness and suspiciousness.


Mandy, on the other hand, was a character I took awhile to warm up to. Subjects Young Adult Fiction. A tip of the hat to Sara Zarr. And, oh, the Voice.


It is, hands down, one of my favorite literary romances of all time. Other mature material includes some swearing, parents who get drunk and hung over, and grief over a father who is killed hlw a car accident. I felt for them every step of the way, from page one till the very end.

Stay up to date on new reviews. What they do mention was the characters. 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.

In fact, the changes that happened to them didn’t feel like changes at all — they were choices. Thankfully, I got it. Whose life is the author talking about?

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It was just very pleasant and easy to listen to. Mandy and Jill are two girls who want more. Zarrr biggest example of this problem comes when view spoiler [Jill asks Ravi to watch Mandy. Moreover, this book is so much more than a tale of two girls who grow to find solitude and acceptance in each other. View all 24 comments. I really enjoyed reading about the girls and how they lived in their respective homes.


Get it now on Searching for streaming ho purchasing options Witnessing Mandy forming unhealthy attachments to people she’s just met is excruciating. Jill’s mother, for instance, is also grieving and her struggles as a parent never overtook the plot, but they were given their due.

It is basically ponies and rainbows and part of me thinks that it may well be too perfect. She reminded me a bit of Macy in The Truth About Foreverbut also not quite because Macy seemed easier to approach compared to Jill who completely shut everyone out.

Zarr has a talent for telling the story.

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The Best Parts Dylan. They were so strong and caring and patient and so sweet and provided most of the comic relief.

Jill’s dad smoked cigars on weekends. 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.

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As the novel wound down to Mandy’s due date, her unpredictable behavior became all the more intriguing. They’re aloof, odd, horrible and rude.