* How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr


Ironically, I read How to Save a Life almost at the same time as To the End of June, and in many ways this fictional story reminded me of the real ones. Except that this  story is entirely forgettable, featuring a manipulative pregnant teen, the understandably jealous and suspicious would-be stepsister of the baby, and her clueless, newly widowed mom who somehow believes that she can adopt the baby without any collateral damage to anyone. I should not fail to mention the stepsister’s boyfriend, who takes a shine to the pregnant teen — so we have all the ingredients for a soap opera, and the ending is very soapy indeed. Indignant teen rantings abound, for those of you who can tolerate this sort of thing.

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