Pages: 352 Pages
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown
Jill MacSweeney just wants everything to 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. You can't lose one family member and simply replace him with a new one, and when her mom decides to adopt a baby, that's exactly what it feels like she's trying to do. And that's decidedly not normal. With her world crumbling around her, can Jill come to embrace a new member of the family?
Mandy Kalinowski knows 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, she knows she wants a better life for her baby. But can giving up a child be as easy as it seems? And will she ever be able to find someone to care for her, too?
I’ve wanted to read Sara Zarr’s books for so long and I was excited when I got the chance to read this one. Let’s just say that I’ll be picking up a finished copy of How to Save a Life when it comes out.
Sara’s writing is really good. I don’t usually like stories told in alternating POVs, but her writing style totally made reading both character’s POVs interesting. I really liked reading the Jill chapters more than the Mandy ones because I felt that I related more to Jill in that way of not really caring about things, but then caring a lot when it really mattered. Plus, hearing Mandy’s voice made me a little annoyed (the way she always talked about her mom), but at the same time I felt bad for her.
I liked how this book wasn’t all about Jill’s mom adopting Mandy’s baby. It had other situations in which the characters had to overcome obstacles and I got to learn a lot about their pasts. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was Alex (the random guy in the train). I felt like the author wrote about him like he had more to do with the story when he didn’t.
How To Save a Life was a great book and I can’t wait to read Sara’s other books in the near future. You should definitely get this if you like contemporary.