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Saving Zoë

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,295 ratings  ·  337 reviews
It’s been one year since the brutal murder of her older sister, Zoë, and fifteen-year-old Echo is still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and the awkward start to her freshman year proves she’ll never live up to her sister’s memory. Until Zoë’s former boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoë’s diary.

At first Echo’s not interested, doubtin...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
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There was so much I could've liked about Saving Zoe. Notice how I said could've?
This book really got on my nerves, it irritated me so much. I understand the whole situation about 'my sister died'. I've read it in enough books to understand the structure of these books. But what irritated me most was Echo's character. To be completely honest all the girls mentioned from Zoe's diary sounded like sluts. Even Zoe herself sounded like a slutty stuck-up person. 13 and gave a blowjob, what the hell...more
Amy Louise
Saving Zoe is about a girl name Echo who's sister (Zoe) was murdered leaving her and her parents in pieces. Echo feels she is living under her sister's shadow and will never be the happy, care-free person she was or have the lust for life Zoe did. Echo's life hasn't been the same since, then Zoe's boyfriend (Marc) gives Echo Zoe's diary. As Echo reads Zoe's diary, she feels closer to her and wishes she was more like her and even starts to pretend she is Zoe. She starts getting closer to Marc, bu...more
how we see our siblings. how our siblings see us. how we don't see.

this book was kind of hard to read as an older sister. not because of anything in particular, but the things you take for granted - your friends knowing your siblings, the secrets you keep to protect the younger ones, to keep as your own, the way your relationship with your parents is different. the way idealization occurs, even when you aren't aware, and how such different personalities are still related, still sisters.

zoe kep...more
I hate writing bad reviews. Hate, hate, hate, especially since Alyson Noël is an established author. But I don't know what else to do - there was absolutley nothing I enjoyed about Saving Zoë. By the end, I was annoyed by everything and just wanted to get it over with.

My first problem is the writing and style. Mainly, it isn't even written like a novel, more like the way an adult imagines a 15-year-old would speak, which annoyed me - yes, we say "like" too often, but writing a novel like that do...more
I wanted to like this more than I did, but at the end of the day I didn't think the characterization of Echo, the protag, was consistent enough. I get she was sort of split between trying to be Zoe and then of course just being herself, but it was weird to read a book narrated by a fifteen-year-old with no experience who would then be so blase about making out with a boy, about drinking, about so many first-time experiences. One reason I really enjoy reading YA is that aspect of firsts. Life is...more
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Sarah BT
I was originally interested in this book because of the cover that said fans of Veronica Mars would love this. As a VM fan, I had to pick it up and I'm so glad I did! This book is amazing. I feel very passionately that this is a must read. The writing is excellent and the story draws you in. Saving Zoe is a blender book (it's got a little bit of everything-it's got romance, mystery, twists and turns, coming of age, sadness, happiness.) In the beginning, you only know as much about Zoe's death th...more
I thought this book has a great plot and writing style. I like how the book has combination between a diary and a regular chapter book because this tells two stories, one story is about a fifteen-year-old girl named Echo, who has to deal with a tragedy, having the lost of her older sister, Zoe. The other story is about Zoe’s diary, and her secret life. Echo reads her sister’s diary to get to know her better and tries to connect with her or maybe find some clues that could lead to her death.
I t...more
Every reader has his or her guilty pleasures. Mine is young adult novels.

Or should I say young adult novels as audio books to listen to while I'm working out (in this case, running). In many cases, young adult novels serve as a solid distraction as the miles go by without demanding that I hang on every word and stop paying attention to my pace or things coming up ahead like mud, vehicles, fellow runners or roaming animals.*

So imagine my surprise when I downloaded the audio version of Saving Zoe...more
Allison, Kawalec.
i chose this book because i read the back page and it sounded very good!
realistic fiction.
There are actualy two people who could be considered the main characters Echo, who is basicaly telling the story or Zoe (who the story is about).
This is about a girl named echo who lost her sister to murder about a year ago . It really effected her even though she doesnt let it show. It also had a huge impact on her family! Her dads never home and her moms always popping all these pills. Echo has a lot of c...more
Jul 19, 2013 Mizuki marked it as to-read
Okay, I couldn't even get passed the first 10 pages. Now this book is DNF, I had already returned it to the library.
Hayden Casey
LOVED this book. Really well plotted and paced; Alyson Noel is my favorite author right now.
Reba Chin

Thoughts that I had while reading the book:
1. I wonder where this book is going? Basic premise - Protag (Echo) looses sister (Zoe) to tragic murder. After a year, is given sister's journal and (as the back of the book says) uncovers the truth behind sister's life. DO YOU EVER TRY TO PREDICT WHERE YOU THINK THE BOOK IS GOING? I'm sure that's a stupid question, b/c that's part of human nature, to try to figure out where things are going. I wonder, is this story going to be "self-discover...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Jul 31, 2011 Aly (Fantasy4eva) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like their thought-provoking reads which feature love and loss.
Recommended to Aly (Fantasy4eva) by: Thy heart :)
Echo is still reeling in grief. The kind that knocks the wind right out of you and leaves you with this hollow feeling long after. Her sister having passed away two years ago doesn't make today any easier, or the next, and the next.

Then there are times when she wishes everyone didn't tread so carefully around her. As if by touching her she would fall apart. Most of all she hates that those that mourned her sister at her funeral, expressed sadness, to the point of even shedding tears - are those...more
Okay, so I just finished SAVING ZOË by Alyson Noël, like literally…one minute ago. I’ve been thinking about the review I would write for this book a lot. Before I was even half-way through. There are several pros and cons to mention, and I’m still not really sure what rating I would give this book because I’m so torn between those pros and cons. But, as a story goes, Saving Zoë is pretty freaking amazing.

Alyson’s words bring Echo and Zoë to life, which is no small feat seeing as how one of the...more
3.5/5 stars

Saving Zoë was an emotional story about a girl, Echo, that loses her older sister, Zoë, through a murder a year before. To say that this rattled and shook their world would be an understatement. Echo's parents are as tense as they can be and constantly fight, Echo herself has started feeling distant towards her friends and everything around her, and the need to know more overpowered her when Zoë's boyfriend gives Echo Zoë's diary. Marc had it with him and felt that Echo should get to...more

In Alyson Noel’s award winning novel Saving Zoe Echo is an eager teenager trying to get ready for high school with her two best friends and her boyfriend Marc. However, Echo finds it difficult to be happy because it has been exactly one year since the horrible murder of her sister Zoe. Echo has a terrible home life seeing as how her father is always at work and her mom knocks herself out with pills. What Echo is trying to figure out throughout the whole novel is how her sister was murdered and w...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Alyson Noël was one of the first authors I ever read after reading Twilight, and I have to admit she really had me hooked with her Immortal Series. Admittedly it’s been a while since I’ve picked up any of her books but when I came across Saving Zoë on Audible UK, I thought I’d try it because I haven’t tried any YA contemporary by Alyson so far.

Saving Zoë is just over 6 hours long to listen to and I have to say within a few minutes I couldn’t stop listening. I literally spent my whole Sunday aft...more
Krista Ashe
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Mayday Maddie
This book was very, very morbid, so I liked the setting to begin with. ;) Some parts of the novel were really deep and thoughtful, but others were completely stereotypical.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that stereotypical teens are possibly the dumbest people I've ever heard of.
How on Earth can the author actually believe that so many teens drink and smoke and do drugs. NO! Is my reaction. The more teens hear about how much stuff goes on in high school, they are more likely to actual...more
Amanda Harbin
This book hit really close to home. Not in the, "I lost a loved one to serial killer" kind of way, just in the way that an adult recognizes how many stupid choices we can make as a teenager. I think about all the ways I could have been in trouble if just the right twist of fate had led me to certain circumstances. As teens we are so headstrong and sure and those are such great qualities for achieving dreams. But they are also qualities that can lead to tragedy and I just hope that anyone who rea...more
Elizabeth B
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This is about a 15 year old girl named Echo. She has been dealing with the murder of her older sister Zoe. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and her awful start to her freshman year proves she will never live up to her sisters memory. Zoe's boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoe diary ,at first E go is not interested but soon becomes interested, when she starts reading she becomes so immersed in Zoe's secret world. Echo uncovers the truth about her sisters secret world so she can rebuil...more
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Il faut sauver Zoé est un livre qui m’a beaucoup touchée !

L’histoire est racontée du point de vue d’Écho, une jeune fille de 14 ans qui a perdu sa soeur Zoé, assassinée l’année passée. Écho est quelqu’un qui ne montre pas facilement ses faiblesses mais qui reste malgré tout courageuse. Elle vient de recevoir le journal intime de Zoé, elle (re)découvre sa soeur sous un jour nouveau, aimerait revivre les mêmes choses que la pétillante et plein...more
Jessica Peters
When Zoe is brutally murdered by a creep who contacted her on the internet, her little sister Echo, kind of loses herself. She starts to question who she is, and starts to compare herself to Zoe. When Zoe’s boyfriend hands over the diary he kept from the cops the year before, Echo starts to feel closer to her sister. As she keeps reading to uncover the truth about what happened, she starts to lose herself in the pages. Wanting to feel even more connected, she seeks out Mark, trying to start some...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
La série Éternels a hissé Alyson Noël au rang des plus grands auteurs de romances paranormales. Dans ce roman contemporain inédit, elle explore la relation qui unit deux sœurs, et comment les secrets de l'une finiront par sauver la vie de l'autre.

Il faut sauver Zoé est un roman bouleversant qui illustre les effets dévastateurs d'internet et des réseaux sociaux. Destiné avant tout à un public adolescent à partir de 12 ou 13 ans, c'est un roman que l'on peut tout à fait conseiller à un public adul...more
This book has a very interesting topic. And considering this was written by Alison Noel... I liked it, but, obviously it has major flaws. (Spoiler alert! But dont worry, the book doesnt have a lot of surprises, so you are not losing much).
Alyson Noel`s writing doesnt appeal much to me. I dont think she is a good writer, in fact I find her writing poor and horrible. I dont know why she is so reknown and considered as a good writer.
In Saving Zoe, Echo, having just lost her sister Zoe a year ago by...more
Sep 22, 2007 Silver rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
A cross between 13 Reasons Why and Speak.
Echo's older sister, Zoe, died a year ago. Echo, starting high school, is given her diary which helps Echo understand who Zoe really was.
It's not a "fluff" book. I was impressed with Alyson Noel's subtle style, especially with showing the dangers of MySpace and the predators who troll there. She didn't preach or spell anything out, yet the messages were clear.
Sep 28, 2011 Mikayla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This Book was really good, its about a girl striding to be close to her sister that has been dead for a year, and can only pick up the pieces to put the puzzle back together and see what she didnt know about her sister. Reading this book made me want to become a better sister to mine, because just like Echo and Zoe we are total Oppisites :)
This book is a great read. Echo loses her sister,Zoe, when she is murdered at a photo shoot. Echo though she knew her sister but her dairy tells otherwise. As Echo dwells deeper and deeper , she begins to notice that her sister's death was about to repeat, close to Echo.
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Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of 21 novels, including: FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVI...more
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