Sunday, 20 April 2014

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jill MacSweeney 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.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How to Save a Life(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
19-year-old Mandy is pregnant, but isn’t ready to raise a baby. 17-year-old Jill’s mother wants to adopt a baby, even if Jill thinks she’s crazy.
Can Mandy give her baby up? And can Jill’s mother raise the baby on her own?

This was an okay story, but I can’t say I really enjoyed it.

I can’t say I really liked any of the main characters in this book. Mandy was a little dull and annoying, and Jill’s chapters were hard to read because it was like her mind was in chaos, and the chapters were written like that making them hard to follow.

The storyline was interesting, but the whole thing just fell a bit flat for me and I got bored. I wanted things to work out for everybody involved, but it was obvious that Mandy was hiding something, and Jill was just angry.
That being said I did like the ending. I did guess the little twist with respect to the babies paternity, but I thought that the way the story ended was really nice and worked out well for everybody involved. It was the ending that saved this for me really.
Overall; an okay story, with a nice ending,
5.5 out of 10.

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