Friday, February 19, 2010

Review: Sweethearts

Title: Sweethearts
Author: Sara Zarr

From Shelfari, "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. From the National Book Award nominated author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts."

From the moment I saw the cover all the way to reading the last page of the book, I was captivated. Sara Zarr tells the story of Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick, two elementary students who are outcasts and become friends until the day Cameron disappears. Left alone to deal with her tormentors, Jennifer transforms herself into her alter ego, Jenna Vaugh. A girl who is pretty, skinny, and popular. Just when Jenna begins to feel cautiously comfortable, Cameron returns.

I'm trying really hard not to give out too much information. This book is AMAZING! The characters are well-developed and so real that sometimes it hurts to read this book. The writing was incredible and made me look for more books by Zarr to immediately get my hands on. Although the ending isn't predictable, I have to give Sara Zarr credit for making it totally believable and not going the easy route.

I recommend this book and loved it so much I made a book trailer that I would be happy to share.

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