How to Save a Life (2020)

How to Save a Life Sara Zarr How to Save a Life Jill s life lost all meaning when her dad died Friends boyfriend college nothing matters any Then her mom drops a bombshell she s going to adopt a baby Mandy is desperate for her life to change Seve
  • Title: How to Save a Life
  • Author: Sara Zarr
  • ISBN: 9781409546757
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
How to Save a Life Sara Zarr Jill s life lost all meaning when her dad died Friends, boyfriend, college nothing matters any Then her mom drops a bombshell she s going to adopt a baby.Mandy is desperate for her life to change Seventeen, pregnant and leaving home, she is sure of only one thing her baby must never have a life like hers, whatever it takes.As their worlds change around them, JJill s life lost all meaning when her dad died Friends, boyfriend, college nothing matters any Then her mom drops a bombshell she s going to adopt a baby.Mandy is desperate for her life to change Seventeen, pregnant and leaving home, she is sure of only one thing her baby must never have a life like hers, whatever it takes.As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn both how to hold on and how to let go, finding that nothing is as easy or as difficult as it seems.Heart achingly beautiful, moving and funny, How to Save a Life has been named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2011 and an American Library Assocation 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.
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  1. karen

    i have no idea why i decided to read this book it is not in my usual range of interests at all i know i saw a number of positive reviews go past on this here website, but realistic YA is not usually my bag i like my YA to take place in rubble filled urban wastelands or in forests where threats take the form of monsters or other horrific desperations i like my problems to be things i will never have to actually deal with it soothes me run for your lives, kiddies , i shout through a mouthful of nu [...]

  2. Kristin (KC)

    5 Stars LOVED IT I was searching for something different something easy but substantial, and this turned out to be exactly what I was looking for How to Save a Life is a gentle read with tons of depth and character growth I d call it a coming of age tale, but it s honestly so much The plot involves fairly common topics in Young Adult teen pregnancy and overcoming grief but the expert execution made these issues feel almost new to fiction This story doesn t have tons of angst, yet I didn t want [...]

  3. Tatiana

    As seen on The ReadventurerFrankly, I was taken aback by the synopsis of Sara Zarr s new novel when I first read it Told from the perspectives of 2 teen girls Mandy, who is pregnant and is considering to give up her baby for adoption, and Jill, the only daughter of a recently widowed woman who wants to take in Mandy s child it felt just too cheaply 16 and Pregnant to me Plus there are some themes in YA that I absolutely have no interest in reading about teen pregnancy is right there, at the top [...]

  4. Megs ♥

    Thank you to my good friend, Shellie, here on GR for sending me this book with a high recommendation P.S I love the cover of this book Being my first book from Sara Zarr I came into this book with no expectations I don t read a lot of teen dramas, but this book has lots of good reviews so I wanted to read it Zarr s writing reminds me of Kristin Hannah for YA I realize I seem to be in the minority here, but to me this book was simply okay.Jill is grieving her father that died They were very close [...]

  5. Emily May

    My thoughts on How to Save a Life remind me a lot of the way I felt about Please Ignore Vera Dietz In fact, there s one thing I can pretty much quote directly from the review I wrote, about how there are two subjects in young adult books that would normally make me run a mile a teen pregnancy, andb coping with the death of a loved oneBoth of them are just so overdone, annoying and melodramatic that I find it quite amazing that this novel can march onto the literary scene with its two perspective [...]

  6. *eKa*

    I don t remember how I ended up buying this book And it s been almost a year sitting on my to read shelf So when I decided to finally read this book, I was so glad that it wasn t a let down at all Jill s first line hooked me already and it went enjoyable all along.This book tells the story of two teenagers named Jill and Mandy Jill is such a lucky girl because she comes from a great family with loving parents But the death of her dad turn her world upside down Meanwhile Mandy lives the opposite [...]

  7. Catie

    4 1 2 starsReading Sara Zarr reminds me of that old Hemingway quote, There is nothing to writing All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed Boy does she know how to do that Only, she translates every emotion with such stark, raw purity that it feels like I am the one bleeding Maybe not everyone has been a pregnant teenager with a dreadful home life or a hostile, sarcastic girl who s just lost her closest support, but I think that it would be hard for anyone not to find something to relate [...]

  8. Reynje

    Some stories feel thinner than the paper they re printed on Without disrespect to the work that goes into crafting a novel, sometimes reading certain books can feel like nothing than following words across paper A perfunctory effort for a temporary experience there s nothing really holding me to the story.Then there are stories that make me forget I m reading, that draw me in beyond the paper and ink and binding Stories that I both absorb and am absorbed into an experience that feels strangely [...]

  9. Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*

    Reasons I chose to read this book.1 I like the song.2 I liked the cover.3 Favorable reviews on GRs.4 Free download from the library.But I would not have chosen to read the book solely on the synopsis of this book Reading about pregnant teens is not my firs choice So imagine my surprise at how much I loved this book The story is told in dual perspectives.Jill MacSweeney was once an outgoing girl with lots of friends and a boyfriend, Dillon She turns inward, and pushes her friends, Dillon and moth [...]

  10. Jo

    And here I am, all of those small hopes getting me from one day to the next, the way they my whole life Initial Final Page Thoughts.Wow Captivating High Point.The ladies The gentlemen Train stations Raw Emotional Coffee Pancakes Pho Old friends New friends Moving on Siblings Cornfields, Ferris wheels and stars Low Point.This isn t really a low point but I couldn t really think of one so I m clutching right now The ending was a little predictable but I think I would have been angry upset if it ha [...]

  11. Keertana

    I cried As someone who is frequently teased for never having cried during The Notebook or The Titanic and rather well known for my ice cold heart, this admission carries quite a bit of weight How to Save a Life is a novel that hasn t gone unnoticed by readers, but I remained skeptical about reading it myself Frankly speaking, I find little allure in novels about teenage pregnancy, let alone when paired alongside with grief After reading and absolutely loving Small Damages earlier this year, howe [...]

  12. Sarah

    In a word Real.Through the perspectives of two teen girls, HOW TO SAVE A LIFE explores two extremely intense, emotional, and dramatic experiences the sudden death of a parent and an unplanned teen pregnancy and all the complications, pain, loss, fear, love, and hope that can arise from each in a compelling and page turning way that never resorts to melodrama or forced emotion On every page, through every confrontation and thought, through the internal and external changes both girls endure and b [...]

  13. Komal Mikaelson

    My initial reaction after completing this book If I could, I d give this book not only 5, but a million shining and glowing stars that would live up to what this book is really worth.You know, how there are 2 types of books The first type are the ones that don t leave such an impression on you They just pass by you without marking their presence and you move on with your life with no alterations on your part.And the second type are a whole lotta different They run through your head hours after t [...]

  14. Alyssa

    How to Save a Life touched me in the way not many novels have Sara Zarr, an expert in her field of YA contemporaries, crafted a unique story of family, love, independence and dependance, without alienating her readers with a story too bizarre to believe With inspirational writing and beautiful, multidimensional characters, this novel isn t one soon to be forgotten The MacSweeneys lost a husband and father a year ago, and while the wife, Robin, has been doing everything she can to keep going even [...]

  15. maymay ☕

    This is the first book that I ve read entirely as an audiobook so it s probably going to impact my thoughts on this book Despite how cheesy the quote seems,How to Save a Lifeis a tale on overcoming the hardships you face in your life From the dual perspective of Jill MacSweeney and Mandy Kalinowski, they relate the tale of their disoriented lives that somehow clashed when Mandy meets Jill s mother online.Jill is an isolated, irritable girl who is still getting over her father s death She has pus [...]

  16. Ken

    Lord A book about pregnant teenagers In my hands Read by my eyes How do I get myself into these things Starts out, I ordered the ARC releases in 1 12 because of the cool cover What s weird, though, is that the cover on shows a girl on the bench to the right My ARC shows two empty benches cue Twilight Zone music I also thought the girls in my classroom might like it On that count I m right They will Even I did How, how, how A tip of the hat to Sara Zarr She took a ridiculous premise and made me f [...]

  17. Crystal

    I have no idea what is wrong with me Everybody I know loves this book but I just didn t for some reason The story was there and all the emotions but for me is just fell flat The basic story revolves around Jill and her mom Robin who have just lost their father husband and what happens when Robin decides to adopt a baby Mandy is the biological mother and her story was definitely harder for me to read but again her character just didn t quite get there for me I thought that Jill should have had to [...]

  18. Literary Ames Against GR Censorship

    What I thought of when I saw the title The Fray s How to Save A Life.Reactive Attachment Disorder is an incredibly sad thing because it s the hallmark of neglect, parental and otherwise, sometimes leading to excessive familiarity with relative strangers to fulfil the all consuming need for love, attention and affection they ve never received Witnessing Mandy forming unhealthy attachments to people she s just met is excruciating Once you hear her story, you just want to pull her away from her old [...]

  19. Isamlq

    I confess I m a little in love with this story even if the characters are not that sympathetic to begin with How to Save a Life is painful at times but definitely emotional with them finding what s been lost and accepting, no, trusting that where they were was the right place to be Mandy Jill Robinall have something to deal with, but none of them really do so The first runs away The second freezes everyone out And the last seems to think a do over is best At least this is how they all initially [...]

  20. Kristy

    1 The Fray s song How to save a life has been stuck in my head the entire time while reading this and it s very fitting 2 The cover makes me want to bundle up even though we are having a HOT fall day down here is Georgia seriously, it was 80 degrees today 3 For whatever reason I find the cover makes me feel lonely 4 Thanks Crystal for sending me this one this should be 1, but I am too lazy to go back and change it So, this is a story told from two points of views, Mandy and Jill.Mandy is 19 and [...]

  21. Mike

    After writing a review with a bajillion edits that ended up being longer than the original review itself, I thought, Screw this, I m just throwing it all out and starting from scratch Which is why we re here This book comes highly praised from a lot of my friends, most of whom seemed to have a far deeper emotional connection to everything than I did This is one of those books where I can t understand the meaningful connection that everyone seems to have made to the storyline and the characters b [...]

  22. Tina

    Original post at One More PageIt s a bad time for Jill MacSweeny ever since her father died Always a daddy s girl, Jill feels lost without her dad, but now she just feels angry that her mom had decided to do the unthinkable adopt a baby And not just adopt a baby, but let the mother of the baby live with them until the baby is delivered Mandy Kalinowski is the pregnant girl in question, and she s always known how it feels to be unwanted Mandy wants a better life for her baby, and she thinks Robin [...]

  23. Annalisa

    I love Sara Zarr The way she quietly weaves stories and settings and characters, always broken, ones you want to protect Honest and raw Shown not told Stories you feel.I normally don t pay much attention to titles, but this one stuck with me, and not just because I kept singing it I thought it was perfect All the characters caught up in their own grief and fears and Zarr set out to change them, to save them, through each other I had an idea how it would all turn out, but I still couldn t stop re [...]

  24. Linda

    This was really good 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 It was nothing like I thought it was going to be, but turned out to be a good story Mandy was an interesting character She was odd and broken and hopeful Jill was of a typical, privileged but not spoiled, teenage girl Both characters grew on me as they dealt with their struggles Mandy especially If you like YA, give this one a shot And [...]

  25. TheBookSmugglers

    Originally posted on The Book Smugglers HEREI ve been sitting here staring at this blank page for over an hour unable to start this review because every time I try I either 1 get all chocked up or 2 I deem the lines I wrote unworthy of this book and delete them Let s try this again Jill and Mandy are the two narrators, as different from each other as the sun and the moon are yet both are equally suffering, struggling to find a place in the world.Mandy is pregnant and wants a better life for her [...]

  26. Heather

    Some books touch you without explaining why How to Save a Life was one of those books for me I suppose there is something about trudging through life s curve balls that calls to me As I m sure it does to several others as well It s inspiring to see people pick themselves up, dust themselves off and find a new semblance of strength and happiness.How to Save a Life isn t the most authentic book I ve ever read The ending is much too happy, the characters forgive too easily, and come around all too [...]

  27. CalypK

    Esta rese a tambi n puedes encontrarla en Soy gente de libros1.5Who needs therapy Just get adopted for a rich, white familyTerminado de leer 17 10 2017Y esta rese a es lo que pasa cuando un libro bien pendejo en el que la primera preocupaci n de uno de los personajes principales es se alar lo blanca que es como primer tem para ser aceptada me saca de la resaca literaria que tuvo a mal dejarme Carve de mark de Veronica Roth debido al reputeo que me entr al ver que los superpoderes de ser rico y b [...]

  28. Marga

    Life is always moving forward, forward, forward Relentless If someone offered me a time machine right now and I could go back to before my dad died, I would, of course, if only to see if I could save him But then I d want to come right back here, to face the next unknown moment and the next and the next Actual Rating 3.5 5 starsBrief summary Jill MacSweeney s dad died and Robin, her mother, decided to adopt a baby Robin posted an offer at the site Love Grows where she says that she s looking for [...]

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