Jan 10, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Jan 10, Minutes Young Adult. Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too? As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems.
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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Jill MacSweeney , Mandy Kalinowski. Denver, Colorado United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about How to Save a Life , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [How did Mandy and Christopher know each other? They met at that fair and got together there.
Sorry this is my second question but i was only alowed so many characters. I can see quite a few resemblances between the two which i will be writing up in a review of your book as soon as i get some free time.
Anjanique Mackey Omg, thats the reason i picked up the book in the 1st place! The song is so beuatiful See all 3 questions about How to Save a Life…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of How to Save a Life. 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.
This story doesn't have tons of angst, yet I didn't want to put it down. It captivated me with its honesty and realistic dialogue and narrations. There are some sad aspects, but the story is ultimately sweet and uplifting. A little of the plot: When Amanda finds out she's pregnant, she decides she's going to put the baby up for adoption. She's practically a child herself, and doesn't have a stable home-life to offer her baby.
I truly loved seeing the journey of enemies-to-friends; it was such a natural, realistic transition. The characters were flawed and imperfect, and the alternating narration between Amanda and Jill offered an in-depth understanding of them both. There's also a love story incorporated that I simply adored! The parallel lines of footprints on the cover even seem to be acknowledging this moment: Amanda catches a cab to a train station and is left to wait outside in the snow, alone.
She feels abandoned. The train station is deserted, and the driver didn't have the decency to stick around and see to it that the young, pregnant girl is okay. I love the way this stranger becomes a metaphor for how life will abandon us. She could freeze to death and no one would be there to care or stop her. It was such an honest, eye-opening moment of the book, handled with true beauty.
And finally, this lovely story ends the exact way I wish for all books to end: with me wanting more. Yes, the story is finished and complete, but the author knew the perfect moment to call it quits and didn't cheapen the story with an unnecessary amount of details in the wrap-up. Such a fantastic read! Simple but profound.
View all 61 comments. Apr 24, L A i N E Y rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , aussie-cheers , contemporary , feel-this , reviewed , precious-character , cover-love. OH MY. Or very very close to it. Grief is such a supremely personal experience and How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr spelled that out for you brilliantly.
I confess I was a bit apprehensive starting this since more than several reviews mention how unlikeable the characters were. But it was all for naug OH MY. But it was all for naught. I love how genuine their feelings and world views were and how they progressed throughout the book. View all 16 comments. Nov 12, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: why-yes-i-ya. View all 14 comments. Jan 03, Tatiana rated it it was amazing Shelves: starred , 4 , ya , 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 As seen on The Readventurer Frankly, I was taken aback by the synopsis of Sara Zarr 's new novel when I first read it.
Plus there are some themes in YA that I absolutely have no interest in reading about - teen pregnancy is right there, at the top of that list. But I was proven once again that a good writer can crash my preconceived notions. What Zarr is best as is character development. Both protagonists in this novel are fairly unlikable. Jill is mourning her father. Essentially, she is a mean bitch. Yes, she has an excuse - her dad's death - but she is still a very unpleasant person - cynical, rude and off-putting.
And then there is Mandy. Mandy made me very uncomfortable at first. You know the type of people who throw themselves at you, needing attention, who will stick to you and will tell you everything about their lives and will consider you their best friend within a few minutes of knowing you?
That is Mandy. I don't know how Zarr does it, but once again she made me appreciate her characters that I first thought very difficult and unpleasant. Maybe not love them, but understand them and revel in their growth and transformation. These two girls' journey to accept and get the best out of each other was truly magical.
It certainly made me cry harder than any other book of hers. One astute friend of mine pointed out the biggest flaw of this work to me - its utterly predictable outcome - and I absolutely agree with it, however the novel was so marvelously consuming that I didn't even realize that the ending was exactly the one I wished for.
Is this a bad thing? View all 20 comments. Shelves: contemporary , young-adult , 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, and b coping with the death of a loved one Both 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 pers 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, and b coping with the death of a loved one Both 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 perspectives, one by a girl who is pregnant, and the other by a girl who's trying to deal with the loss of her father, and be absolutely, wonderfully moving, heartbreaking and unforgettable.
I can't say I'm shocked that it was good, the other reviews made me sure I would love this story, but I still find it surprising that this subject matter has been turned into something fresh and new. I was slightly apprehensive, I do admit, because the only other novel I have read by Sara Zarr is Story of a Girl and I wasn't that impressed.
No, perhaps it's not that, but rather I felt like myself and the author were on completely different wavelengths regarding a lot of issues that I find important, and I was a little concerned that some of these things might resurface in How to Save a Life.
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
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How to Save a Life
Title: How to Safe a Life. Jill MacSweeney just wants everything to go back to normal. With her world crumbling around her, can Jill come to embrace a new member of the family? So when Mandy becomes pregnant, she knows she wants a better life for her baby.
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Sara Zarr
Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could 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. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she's somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. Mandy Kalinowski understands 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, one thing she's sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby.
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From the book jacket: Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too? As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems. Please please read this. Alas, you are not so lucky — because I am a wordy betch, and I really like to get my fangirl on.