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The Compulsive Reader: October Monthly Commenter Contest: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Monthly Commenter Contest: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

One of my absolute favorite books that I read in September was Sara Zarr's newest, How to Save a Life! It was an excellent heartfelt contemporary novel, something that we're a little lacking of in YA as of late, in my opinion. Sara Zarr is an incredible writer, and I want to share this book with all of you, but unfortunately I can't lend my copy to everyone who reads this blog, or buy a copy for everyone, so instead I am making it the prize for October's Monthly Commenter Contest (just to offset all of the creepy/freaky books everyone is going to be pushing onto you).

How to win: Every time you post a significant comment that contributes to the conversation, I give you an entry into the contest! The more you comment, the more you entries you get! Only comments on posts from October 2011 are eligible, so keep coming back for more posts and more chances to comment. For all of the details, click here.

And, here's what the book is about:
"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.

Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about the many roads that can lead us home."
This book is truly amazing, and I am excited to be giving it away this month! It comes out on October 18th, and I will be picking a winner on November 1st!

Look for my review soon!

11 comments:

parakiss25 said...

Wow, that sounds incredibly good. I love the idea of playing both sides here, to get a look at why she'd give the baby away, and why maybe Jill isn't exactly thrilled. I love emotional stories like this, so thanks for the chance to win

faefever25 at hotmail dot com

The book girl said...

Who won the last commenter contest?

marybelle said...

Definitely a welcome change of pace from everything else out there in book world right now. I'm loving that.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I'm glad you liked it so much.
I don't love Sarah Zarr's books but I love reading them, they always make me uncomfortable but in the best possible way.

Awesome giveaway, dear!

The Compulsive Reader said...

Lissette Martinez won this month!

Lissette Martinez said...

YAY! I won! Thank you so much! I already sent you my address! =)

This one sounds great. Like a book that will stole my heart and then it will return it with new hopes. Definitely is going to my TBR list.

Shari Green said...

Such an excellent book! I was lucky enough to read an ARC, and I loved it. Both POV voices are spot-on.

Sarah said...

This sounds really interesting! I have added it to my TBR and hopefully when I catch up on my reading I'll have time to get to it! Great Giveaway!

-Sarah
SarahsShelf(at)gmail(dot)com

Loretta Ellsworth said...

A unique premise - and Sara Zarr is such a good writer. Sounds like a great book!

The Erratic Blogger said...

This book does sound great. I love that Sara Zarr writes these moving, original stories that I know someone, somewhere is living and experiencing in real life.

-betsy
fashionable.librarian@gmail.com

Nancye said...

Id love a chance to win this book! Hope it's not too late!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net