Book Review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a LifeBook Review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Mandy arrives in Denver planning on giving up her future child for adoption.  Jill is still coping with the death of her father and who she is without him. As Jill’s mother prepares to adopt Mandy’s baby their stories collide in unexpected ways.

Gritty and honest, this book is not only about life but also about loss. A touching story about complicated lives told in alternating chapters from Mandy and Jill’s point of view. To me, it was wrapped up a little too neatly at the end, but others who have read the book loved the ending, so judge for yourself.  There is a little language and also some difficult situations but they are handled delicately.

Quote that related too much to my life from a 19 year old…sad. “And I wonder if you don’t grow up to be a wife or a mother what are you? A person alone, always wanting to be one thing or both? What if there isn’t anyone to make you something?”

Recommended Ages: Grades 8 and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion:  Recommended
Source: Audio Book

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