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How to save a life

by Zarr, Sara.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 13 Libraries 13 of 15 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Young Adult YA FIC ZARR
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA ZARR Sara
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Summary
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. It's harder to be sure of herself. 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.
Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about the many roads that can lead us home.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* When high-school-senior Jill MacSweeney learns that her widowed mother has agreed to an open adoption no lawyers, no agencies, no background checks, no binding agreements she is appalled and even more grief-stricken. Of course, her mom is lonely, but you can't just replace your husband her dad with a baby! To make matters worse, the baby's mother, Mandy, will live with Jill and her mother in the last month of her pregnancy. Told in the alternating voices of Jill and Mandy, this multilayered, complex story of life, death, and the meaning of family will simultaneously distress and gratify. The characters are achingly human. Jill, bewildered at the unexpected death of her father, has shut out her friends completely. Her mother, so ready to nurture and care for another, finds herself unable to cross the barrier of silence and grief Jill has constructed. Mandy needs a mother, not a baby, and cannot bear the thought of giving up this suddenly secure life that she has happened upon a life her new baby will enjoy without her. Filled with so many frustrations, so many dilemmas needing reasonable solutions, and so much hope and faith in the midst of sadness, Zarr's novel is a rich tapestry of love and survival that will resonate with even the most cynical readers.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Seventeen-year-old Jill was dealt a shattering blow when her father died unexpectedly. Since then, Jill and her mother have been distant, like "twin planets orbiting the same universe of grief but never quite making contact." Now her mother plans to fill the void by adopting a baby. As far as Jill is concerned, the plan is "lunatic," but Mandy, the pregnant teen giving up her child, is relieved. She thinks she's finally found a way to escape her emotionally abusive mother and her mother's sexually abusive boyfriend by coming to live with Jill and her mother during the final weeks of her pregnancy. Alternating between the perspectives of Jill and Mandy, National Book Award- finalist Zarr (Story of a Girl) crafts intimate and authentic portraits of two vulnerable teens struggling to cope with uncertain futures. Independent and aggressive, Jill has little in common with Mandy, who's sheltered yet very observant, but they form a sisterly bond as they face personal crises. Their slow, cautious efforts to build trust and better understand the meaning of family are expressed with the deepest compassion and kindness. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Adoption -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Pregnancy -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Families -- Colorado -- Fiction.
Denver (Colo.) -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York :Little, Brown,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 341 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780316036061
0316036064
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