Parents' Guide to

How to Save a Life

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Tender tale of pregnant teen celebrates hope after loss.

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The two very different protagonists allow readers to get in deep with the complicated emotions of these people in pain. Zarr creates some truly tender moments that will stay with teens long after they read this book, such as when Jill's mother tells Mandy the she will love her baby even if Mandy's mother's boyfriend turns out to be the father ("'Either way, this little girl is innocent, and I'm going to love her with all my heart.' Her whisper is fierce.") Some of the plot lines will be more interesting to readers than others -- the thread about Jill hiring her friend to investigate Mandy falls pretty flat -- but overall readers will relate to the protagonists and applaud their ultimate decision to support each other and believe in hope.

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