How to Save A Life

Zarr, Sara

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How to Save A Life
Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316036061
Branch Call Number: FIC Z
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 06, 2015
  • Sansha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A young adult novel. Mandy is desperate, she is pregnant and needs to escape an abusive relationship. She meets Robin on-line with a view to Robin adopting Mandy's unborn child. Robin already has a teenage daughter, Jill, who is not at all happy with her mother's proposed plan.

Aug 20, 2014
  • Orange_Fox_31 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book os good

Aug 14, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

the title is what caught my eyes but the description made me think otherwise because i'm not a big fan of these books. but the author really is amazing because somehow she makes this work. at first i found the characters really unpleasant and difficult. at the end of the book, i wouldn't say i love them but understood them. the character development was amazing.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Normally, I hate, hate, HATE this kind of book. I mean, read that summary. Doesn't it sound sappy as hell? But Sara Zarr makes it work, bless her. The characters are great - fresh, realistic, and with great voices. The chapters alternate between their points of view and you can really see the difference in their voices. I hate it when different POV's read exactly the same. Despite the seemingly low stakes throughout the book, the tension and emotion the characters are feeling is real, and that's what creates the engagement. For me this book was compulsively readable. I had to know what would happen next, even though it wasn't like an explosion or alien invasion was going to pop up. Very well-crafted realistic fiction.

Jul 19, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sara Zarr's realistic YA fiction is always compulsively readable and this novel is no exception. Exploring issues of grief, family, and belonging, Zarr creates two distinct voices that tell equally compelling stories that intertwine slowly as Jill and Mandy begin to form a bond.

Jul 22, 2012
  • reader1995 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really good read, i am happy i judged a book by its cover, otherwise i would never pick up a book like this. its a really nice, touching read


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Jul 09, 2013
  • AAFang rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

AAFang thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the story of two girls, Jill and Mandy. Jill's father dies a year ago, and she's just beginning to come back and reconnect with her friends. Mandy is running away from a life she doesn't want her unborn daughter to endure. When Jill's mother decides to adopt Mandy's baby, the two girls' lives intersect. Both will need to change, grow and learn to say yes to life.


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Aug 14, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm still going to love you, always. And in the rock-paper-scissors of life, love is rock. fear, anger, everthing else . . . no contest.


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