How to Save A Life

How to Save A Life

Book - 2011
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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
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 30, 2017

I thought that this book had a very strong plot, and had high expectations for it. It started off really great, I was really hooked. As the story progressed further, it began to drag. The ending was really touching though, so I guess this book isn't half as bad as I thought.

Aug 09, 2017

I really liked reading this book. It had a happy ending. It was kind of predictable, but i still really liked it.

Jan 06, 2015

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.

Orange_Fox_31 Aug 20, 2014

this book os good

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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.

bkilfoy Jul 19, 2013

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

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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Aug 30, 2017

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

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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