Monday, October 14, 2013

How to Save a Life

Happy Teen Read Week! Are you ready to vote for the Teen Top Ten? The 2013 winners will be announced October 22!

 Because you have probably been reading many of 2013's top ten nominees,I wanted to tell you about a nominee from last year.(Topic and story so NOT so last year.) 
 How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr is a story that sticks with you---in a good way!

Jill is wrecked. Her dad recently died. She’s stopped communicating with her friends, family and boyfriend. Her mom, who should be mourning with Jill, is busy planning to adopt a baby from a teen she met online. It gets worse. Jill despises teen mom Mandy and soon Mandy will be moving in with them until the baby is born!

Mandy on the other hand has never suffered a family crisis because...
she has never had a family. Her mom never wanted her. Her stepdad is indescribably horrible. So, na├»ve, sheltered Mandy is leaving to ensure that her baby gets the happy, loving home she never had herself. But will this plan work and can she be trusted? 

Told from the point of view of both Jill and Mandy, this story unveils one painful crisis and surprising secret after another. The mess is made more volatile by the incompatibility of Jill’s cynicism and Mandy’s rosy outlook. Because a resolution depends on the actions of both of these struggling girls, peace seems improbable.

 I loved that Zarr somehow weaves hope throughout this sad story and presents possibilities where there seems to be none. A nice message for anyone.

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