How to Save a Life

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct 18, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
14 Reviews
Jill MacSweeny 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.
Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about the many roads that can lead us home.

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Sara Zarr is such a fabulous writer. - Goodreads
This book was sad and hard to read at times. - Goodreads
For example, the prose. - Goodreads
The writing rings with authenticity and feeling. - Goodreads
Or the plot, but I'll get to that in a bit). - Goodreads
She doesn't trust her Mom's judgment. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tina - Goodreads

Original post at One More Page It's a bad time for Jill MacSweeny ever since her father died. Always a daddy's girl, Jill feels lost without her dad, but now she just feels angry that her mom had ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristin (KC) - Goodreads

Finally starting How to Save a Life, which has been on my TBR for a while. Couldn't keep passing it up! :) Read full review

About the author (2011)

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of Once Was Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl. She can be found on the Web at

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