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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You make people uncomfortable. Jill was more of a typical, privileged-but-not-spoiled, teenage girl. Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. Mandy is pregnant and wants a better aarr for her baby, a life she never had. So much so that I think I will have to pick it up and read it now. And How to Save a Life simply proved me right.

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Will I ever get to it? I get that it came from her distrust of Mandy, but an asve of Mandy’s privacy and security like that took it to far. She discovers that its alright hhow be wrong once in a while. It all came together so beautifully that I didn’t care if I sort of predicted the ending pages ago — it was still worth getting to it. Oct 06, TheBookSmugglers rated it it was amazing. The First Part Last. Focuses in on family, friendship, and love. She really doesn’t know who she is anymore.

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 made. Are stories like this one more likely to normalize teen parenthood — or help families think and talk about a difficult subject?


When pregnant teen Mandy arrives to live with the family adopting her baby, she is leaving behind a mean mother and her mother’s sexually abusive boyfriend. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.

Ever since then, Jill has been feeling like she lost herself somewhere in the past. I think this sounds like something I might enjoy — thanks!

Nancy Springer and Serena Blasco. Jill is a senior who is just recuperating from the recent death of her father. I love the way this stranger becomes a metaphor for how zard will abandon us. Honestly, I thought both characters were unlikeable. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, and Response. View all 9 comments. I was slightly apprehensive, I do admit, because the only other novel I have read by Sara Zarr is Story of a Girl and I wasn’t that impressed.

How to Save a Life

I don’t know what I’m missing here that everyone else adores so much of this book. Yes, everything works out magically in the end, but this entire deal was so unlikely. Although she appears yo be sarr cactus, instantly pricking those who come too close, her inner strength is incredible and her character persona is real in its flaws. Jill comes off as really rude, but deep down she’s not so bad.

The two very different protagonists allow readers to get in deep with the complicated emotions of these people in pain. Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. View all 24 comments.


To ask other readers questions about How to Save a Lifeplease sign up. Thankfully, I got it. When the delivery date nears, she moves in with Robin and Jill.

I mean, it’s mostly about Jill’s love life because Mandy only has a short story in this part and it’s a tragic one. From mother to daughter, daughter to father, girl to boy, sibling to sibling, it was all done to effortlessly and I really appreciated that.

Learn how we rate. 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. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. I’m a big fan of Sara Zarr, not just her books but her posts at the Good Letters blog. That she stepped out and offered herself to strangers.

A little predictable, but it ended exactly as I wanted it to. It was humbling, her behaviour. View all 13 comments. The characters in How to Save a Life are hard to like. As the novel wound down to Mandy’s due date, her unpredictable behavior became all the more intriguing. Please try again later.

Jill’s first line hooked me already and it went enjoyable all along. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: