“How to Save a Life” by Sara Zarr


Seventeen-year-old Jill is still grieving over the death of her father when her mother decides to adopt a baby. To make things even worse, the pregnant teen mother, Mandy, is going to come live with them until she delivers the baby. Sara Zarr deftly paints a picture of the difficult, evolving relationships in this book: between Jill and Mandy, the two girls and Jill’s mother, Jill’s on again/off again boyfriend Dylan, and Jill’s new friend Ravi.

Told in alternating viewpoints between Jill and Mandy, this is a thought-provoking, emotional story about grieving, loss, friendship, family and love. This would make an excellent pick for a teen book discussion group.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

–Amanda Coppedge Bosky