“Waiting” on Wednesday: How to Save a Life

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publication date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Jill MacSweeny 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.

I feel like every WoW pick I have is always something I’d never pick up normally when just perusing the book story. I think these are always the books I’d love to read if I had time.

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  1. This one has come up a few times on different blogs, and mentioned by several authors who I love, so I think I’ll have to pick it up and give it a go. It’s definitely different from what I would usually read, but here’s to broadening my reading horizons!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Haha, well if it’s been around then it might be good to read. Though maybe I’ll wait to see a review on it before picking it up.

  2. This does sound like a good book, and I’ve seen it a couple of times now.

    1. I always like my WoW’s to be of books not too far in advance that way the wait time is shorter. So it makes sense if this book has already gotten around on other blogs. Plus that just means, someone apart from me thinks it’ll be an interesting read. So, yay!

  3. I’ve read the summary of this only once and I added it to my wishlist but now that I really, really read the summary, I want to get it. I loved Sweethearts!

  4. This does sound so good! It’s tackling two real issues and I think it’s going be done in a heartfelt manner. Makes me want to read contemp!

  5. We started this one but it was just too sad for us at the time. We’ll go back to it soon!

    Here’s our WoW.

    1. Oh man. I don’t do sad well. I think I’m going to have to really be in the mood for this.

  6. I had this one on a Wow a few weeks ago and am very excited about this one. I am always looking for good contemporary novels and this one sound like it might just fit the bill. Great pick!

    1. I really don’t do contemp. novels very often. I pick them up sparingly, but the ones I try always end up being great. So I have high hopes for this.

  7. sounds like an interesting book.
    Have a great day!!
    Kyanara from Laced Little Muffin’s reading Corner

  8. Great pick! I just saw this one on another WoW. It makes me cold!! Haha

  9. Sounds like a great read – I hadn’t heard of this one before now! 🙂

  10. I just saw this on another site and I love this cover. Great pick. Here’s my WOW.

  11. This is the second time I’ve seen this book so far the synopsis sounds really good kinda of reminds of the movie Immediate Family. I’m putting it on my forever growing list.

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