Sunday, May 24, 2009

Review: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads:

As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts.They were also one another's only friend.So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her.Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed.Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts.

Wow - what a book - I read it in a few hours but could not put it down. Sara Zarr does it again. I loved Story of A Girl and I also love Sweethearts.

Just reading about Jenna's insecurities and meeting Cameron again took me back to school. Who didn't have insecurities, even the popular people. This book just takes a deep look into how things in our life affect us and how we must take these things that shape us and move on with our life. Jenna does this through the book but she does it in a typical teenager way that made this book feel so real to me and really resonate with me.

An enjoyable cast of typical teenagers and a real feeling book - this is a book I would recommend to anyone - especially teenagers and even their parents because I believe there are great insights in this book.

As I said earlier though - it is a delightful quick read that you don't want to put down and truthfully I was sad at the end because I wanted more of Jenna, but the ending is fine, don't get me wrong. You aren't left hanging, I just enjoyed Jenna's story and wanted to hear more.

Other Reviews of this book:

Natasha at Mawbooks