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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Sep 15, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: Both characters grew on me as they dealt with their struggles- Mandy especially. One teen is also repeatedly sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend. Zarr crafts the point of view switches beautifully.

I safe an idea how it would all turn out, but I still couldn’t stop reading because I had to know that they’d be okay. Jill was mean and snarky and I still wanted to save her. Learn how your comment data is processed. She was so lost and child-like.

Mandy was a hard character for me to like. I like Mandy’s friendliness though it sometimes annoying and stupid. This book was sad and hard to read at times. aarr


HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr

Mandy turned out to be wonderfully sympathetic, and her arc was the only reason I finished the book and gave it 3 stars. How old is your kid? Contemporary readers wanting something fresh. At first it seems we know a lot more about Jill that we do about Mandy because she is very open in her aggression, in her distance from everybody she loves or cares for. I liked Mandy and Jill despite their flaws. I think this is where most people really fell in love with the book, and I can completely see why.

Where was this for the first three quarters of the book? They run through your head hours after turning the last page. Or the plot, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

How to Save a Life Book Review

Angsty, lost, deeply wounded by the sudden death of her father and the huge hole his absence has left in her life, Jill MacSweeney is dangerously close to shutting down, shutting herself away from the world. Thank you to my good friend, Shellie, here on GR for sending me this book with a high recommendation. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Is this a bad thing? I give my whole body to yes. Jill’s dad smoked cigars on weekends. How to Save a Life is a YA novel about 2 teenage girls whose lives intersect at a time they are both going though big, life-changing events.


The language is clear and uncluttered, yet sometimes devastating in its emotional honesty. Really like aarr note from the author and something like open adoption as well as adult adoption. I love me some Sara Zarr. 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? Honestly, I thought both characters were unlikeable.

The themes are universal, but the execution feels sarra personal and heartfelt.

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By that, I mean, her books are never weighed down with extraneous detail, melodrama, or flowery, unnecessary language. Sorry this is my second question but i was only alowed so many characters.

Back and forth they go in alternating POV chapters. I really liked and appreciated this one, too, though it was a difficult read at times.

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