Waiting on Wednesday: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

How did I not know that Sara Zarr has a new book coming out this year? I cannot believe this. HOW?!

How to Save a Life by Sara ZarrHow to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Release date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Jill MacSweeney just wants everything to 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. You can’t lose one family member and simply replace him with a new one, and when her mom decides to adopt a baby, that’s exactly what it feels like she’s trying to do. And that’s decidedly not normal. With her world crumbling around her, can Jill come to embrace a new member of the family?

Mandy Kalinowski knows 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, she knows she wants a better life for her baby. But can giving up a child be as easy as it seems? And will she ever be able to find someone to care for her, too?

Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about what it means to be a family and the many roads we can take to become one.

I loved all of Sara Zarr‘s novels, and I realized that I have never openly professed myself as a fan of hers. So I’m taking this time to profess: I am a fan of Sara Zarr, and I am absolutely excited for her new book. Even more than I am excited about point of care cart stuff. :)

And is it just me, or did The Fray’s song automatically play in your head when you read the title of this book? :)

8 Thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

  1. Great selection this looks so heartfelt. The cover makes me feel so lonely.

    My WoW

  2. This sounds heart-wrenching; hope you love it!

    Here’s MY WOW POST

  3. That sounds really good. I love Sara Zarr’s books too. :)

  4. Great pick! I haven’t heard of this title but it sounds super interesting.

    Here’s my W.O.W : http://mochalattereads.blogspot.com/2011/06/waiting-on-wednesday10.html

    -Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte: YA Reads, Reviews & More!.

  5. oh i am a fan of sara zarr too.

    i wont be getting this in hard cover so will be waiting a whole extra 12 months (!) i will prob regret the wait (especially once reviews start pouring in) but am trying to be so much more less greedy with buying books (and keeping perspective, haha)

    i love this cover though ~ it’s very melancholic and evocative. my fave cover of hers so far

    • I’ve gotten other Sara Zarr books in ebook form, but I’m thinking of getting Once Was Lost so I can have a lending copy. That was my favorite Zarr, closely followed by Sweethearts. :)

      Yes, I love the melancholy feel of this cover! I’ve read good reviews for this newest title, and I hope to win this in a contest somewhere just so I can get my hands on it. If not, then I’ll wait like you would. :D

  6. Haha, yes! I was hearing the song in my head before I even read your question. :P Sweethearts has been on Amazon wish list for the longest time but I don’t know why I never got around to buying it haha. This sounds very interesting, Tina!

  7. That song totally played in my head too. ;)

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