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How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
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May 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen, pregnancy, adoption, grief
Read in May, 2012

Sara Zarr is great. She takes the drama of Lurlene McDaniel, and adds depth, intensity and believability to her story. Her "Story of a Girl" was a National Book Award finalist, and I see good things in this book's future.

Jill MacSweeney is grieving after her dad's death. Her mom and she are going through the motions, but their lives will never be the same. Jill has shut out most of her close friends, and is unsure of her future after high school.

Mandy Kalinowski shows up at Jill's house, pregnant and on the run from an unhappy home life. Jill's mom Robin has decided to fill the void in her life, by adopting Mandy's baby, and creating a new family.

Jill and Mandy are about the same age, but their lives have been drastically different until now. Can these strange circumstances pull them closer, or will Mandy's unborn baby break an already tenuous mother-daughter relationship?

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