Zarr’s second novel examines the far-reaching effects of Jenna’s friendship with Cameron, and how one person and one experience can have such a formative effect on one’s life. With inner strength and the malleable nature of memory as major themes, Zarr weaves in tense, high-stakes flashbacks to a pivotal moment in Jenna and Cameron’s friendship alongside the present action of Jenna’s transformation to becoming more self-aware of her own strength. The journey is a bumpy one, and Zarr doesn’t give readers a completely clear and satisfactory ending. Sweethearts is a book that poses many questions about friendship, forgiveness, and memory, and leaves readers to wrestle with the answers.
Cover Comments: I like the concept of this cover, but I think the brightness of the background and the pink sugar cookie really belies the darkness in this book. I supposed I wouldn't say that this book is dark, but it doesn't warrant a sugar cookie cover either. Still, it is a great cover image.
Book purchased from my indie.