How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr audiobook

How to Save a Life

By Sara Zarr
Read by Ariadne Meyers  and Cassandra Morris

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9.90 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

A 2012 ALA Top Book for Teens Nominee

A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Well-cast dual narration enhances the emotional depths of this story.” AudioFile
“Zarr…crafts intimate and authentic portraits of two vulnerable teens struggling to cope with uncertain futures…Their slow, cautious efforts to build trust and better understand the meaning of family are expressed with the deepest compassion and kindness.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“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.” Booklist (starred review)
“The imperfection of the characters and the uniqueness of their situations come together in a compulsively readable novel. Zarr has established herself as an author who must not be missed.” VOYA (starred review)
“It’s been a while since a book has toyed with our emotions on such a grand scale, drawing us in and hitting every right note along the way. Not only is Zarr’s latest masterfully written, but the story never misses a beat. It realistically captures the grieving processes of two teens. Never fear, it’s never depressing—it’s real and uplifting, tough at times but overall just plain wonderful.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

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Author

Author Bio: Sara Zarr

Author Bio: Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.90
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English