Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review: How To Save A Life

Title How To Save A Life
By Sara Zarr
Genre YA contemporary
Pages 341
Recommended by Me

First sentence I'm writing in response to your Love Grows post from Christmas Day.

Synopsis
Told from two perspectives is the story of two very different girls with different upbringings and how their lives come together.



What it has going for it
First off, if you haven't read a Sara Zarr book before GET TO IT! She's truly an amazing author with stories that actually make you feel something! Anywho, back to this one. As usual, I found my self loving the characters and how real they and their situations felt. Ugh, I hate writing reviews for books I liked. I never know how to articulate my feelings. I specifically liked the characters in this one. There was an element of cliche in each of them but it worked. I liked the message I took away from it. I swear I keep reading books that are exactly what I need to read right now in my life and this one was no exception. :)

What's lacking
I did enjoy this one, I really did, but I thought the ending was a little too neat. I kept hoping it wouldn't end the way it did. I was OK with it but I'd have preferred something a little more realistic.

Favorite Moment
I loved when Jill elbowed Ravi in the face. It made me laugh and feel bad for the poor guy.

Yea or Nay?
Did you not hear me? I told you to read a Sara Zarr book and this one will do. ;)

22 comments:

  1. I find it really hard to write reviews for books I love as well. But you don't have to sell me on Sara Zarr. I love her writing too!

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    1. Isn't she amazing? I adore her writing.

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  2. I really like your review format. I need to gt on these Sara Zarr books!! I haven't read one yet.

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    1. Thanks, and yes, you really need to read her books.

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  3. Great review! I'll have to check our Sara Zarr one of these days. I haven't read a contemporary in years!

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    1. You should give contemporary a try again again and starting with a Sara Zarr book would be a good idea. ;)

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  4. You read it! The ending was a little tidy, but I really liked the whole thing. I thought the juxtaposition of the two girls as narrators worked really well. Three cheers for Sara Zarr!

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    1. Yep! I got it read. Next one please. ;)

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  5. This one sounds really good! I'll heed your advice and put it on my to-read list stat! THe title has gotten that song by the Fray though stuck in my head lol :P

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    1. Now I'm going to have to check out this song. ;)

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  6. I looooooooved this one. And I loved the ending, too.

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    1. Yeah, it was a happy ending. A little too happy. ;)

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  7. I've heard great things about this one but haven't gotten around to reading it. I have a hard time writing reviews for book I love too. It's almost as hard as writing reviews for books I really don't like as well. It's hard to portray what you felt when you read something that really touches you.

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    1. I have a way easier time writing reviews for book I didn't like. I'm just a pessimist I guess.

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  8. I always feel like a dork writing reviews for books I like! I never know what to say to explain why I like it so much. :) I liked this one, but it's not my favorite Sara Zarr. It was a little neater than I expected. I think Ravi was my favorite character.

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    1. Yeah, I really liked Ravi too. This one wasn't my favorite either and I'm still trying to decide if it was the ending.

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  9. Can you believe I've never read a Sara Zarr book? And I LOVE contemporary YA. What's wrong with me? I need to check Zarr out ASAP. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Yes you do! I think we'll have more book love in common if you do.

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  10. I haven't read a Sarah Zarr book before, but I heard that they are really good. Someday I'll read this!

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