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Sara Zarr

Forfatter af Story of a Girl

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Omfatter også følgende navne: Sara Zarr, Sara Zarr (Narrator) Sara Zarr (Author)

Værker af Sara Zarr

Story of a Girl (2007) 1,284 eksemplarer
Sweethearts (2008) 1,105 eksemplarer
How to Save a Life (2011) 742 eksemplarer
Once Was Lost (2009) 502 eksemplarer
The Lucy Variations (2013) 310 eksemplarer
Roomies (2013) — Forfatter — 282 eksemplarer
Gem & Dixie (2017) 208 eksemplarer
Goodbye from Nowhere (2020) 54 eksemplarer
A Song Called Home (2022) 27 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd (2009) — Bidragyder — 1,143 eksemplarer
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (2012) — Bidragyder — 111 eksemplarer
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles (2018) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer

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I had a different review that I posted but I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book so I'm going to write a bit of a different one.
Zarr gets it. The way the little things fuck you up, the way being ostracized messes with your head when you're older and better and learn to fit in, the way you know- you KNOW- it's harder for you than everyone else and that makes you so vigilant, so determined not to be found out. Jenna has an ED, and it's encouraged by loads of little comments- even her mom's compliments- and it's so real. Cameron is inexplicable to most of the characters, and, yeah. That's how people are. He's moody, among other things, but he's real. Jenna's friends- even though we don't hear their inner monologues- are pretty fleshed out too, but without following tropes too closely. Jenna's heart throb boyfriend is just a guy. He does some asshole things that teenage boys do. Jenna's mom absolutely doesn't get it- she knows more than she lets on, but she doesn't know what Jenna's childhood did to her state of mind. She thinks she did what was best- and maybe she did!- but that still messes Jenna up, and she doesn't get that. I could go on. I think some of the reviews are unfair because they expect things from the characters that the characters' humanity won't let them fit into. The ending is frustrating, filled with longing, but also growth and the inevitable passage of time. I've been there. It's unsatisfying. It's real.
I liked the book. But I really like the characters
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ravenzer | 58 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Trigger warnings: Adult-minor relationships

6/10, I read this since it was on the realistic shelf when I first saw this a few months ago and I didn't realise how old it actually is but anyways I came in with high expectations but all it turned out to be was a very boring YA novel about music. I didn't give two hoots about the characters at all, they were very flat and not well written since they didn't really experience any character development. The story was mainly about love, quitting music and then coming back to it which was kind of stale and boring as I read through the book. The ending was just the main character playing a few pieces and that's it, and she didn't receive much applause either which was a rather boring ending to a boring book. The main character used to have a crush on a teacher who loved her back and my only thoughts were that it was so weird and maybe even illegal and how could this be in a young adult novel. I have read other better romance novels since then so go read the Sun is Also a Star for a better love story. Not to mention that overall the author just can't find a way to connect me to the story so yeah, there's that.… (mere)
Law_Books600 | 20 andre anmeldelser | Nov 3, 2023 |
*** Minor spoilers**

The front of this book contains a blurb quoting this as realistic fiction at its best.....ha ha! This book reads like it was written by a Mother as a scare tactic, to convince her daughter of the dangers that await if she does the things she's been warned against. Its definitely not realistic.

Deanna ...the main female protagonist...is 16 yrs old. When she was 13 she was caught by her Father having sex with her brothers 17 yr old friend.....this supposedly ruined her life....she's branded the school slut, she's bullied, picked on and other boys even believe they can touch her without permission. It's been 3 yrs, but it even interferes with her getting a job in town, her Dad hears ppl at work talking about her, and her Father no longer speaks to her, and now believes she's a promiscuous girl who will sleep with everyone.

Its all completely unrealistic! She wouldn't be the school slut for sleeping with one boy....everyone is dating and sleeping around in their teens. She wouldn't be bullied or ostracized, young girls are almost always envied by their peers when dating older boys......I dated an 18 yr old at 14......he's now my hubby, 5 children and 30 yrs later LOL!

The idea that anyone in town would know or care about who she's sleeping with and refuse to hire her or gossip about her is absolutely absurd!

It even contains the obligatory pregnant teen....Deannas brother got his girlfriend pregnant, and they now have a baby.

Deanna herself is an almost unbearable character.....she's immature, selfish, a bad friend, and cries at least once every chapter......she's a perpetual victim.

That said......if you can get past the ridiculousness of the plot and how insufferable the main protagonist is......the book does offer some enjoyable qualities. The supporting cast is interesting and Zarrs writing style is fetching.

I'd recommend this read with warnings about the unbelievablity......or to tween/teens you're trying to control.....maybe as part of a scared straight program LOL!
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Jfranklin592262 | 85 andre anmeldelser | Aug 17, 2023 |

This book is a reminder that you can’t run from yourself. No matter where you go, you’re still going to be you— and you’ll still have to deal with the things you are trying to run from.

It’s also a reminder that we all wish sometimes that we could change the way people see us. Once someone puts a label on you in their head, it’s there and it’s really hard to change. Deanna didn’t want her dad to see her as that girl in the backseat of an older guy’s car. But that’s what he saw when he looked at her. Can you ever change something like that? I think this book gives hope that you can, but even if you don’t, you still have to move on anyway.

It’s been 10 years since I read this book and it’s stark and honest as ever. I wish I had this book as a teen— it would’ve changed my life. Even as a 20-something and now a 30-something, it still had a pretty big impact.

I would love to be the girl on the waves, paddling away from all the bullshit.

Bonus: Sara Zarr narrates the audio & it’s perfection.
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Michelle_PPDB | 85 andre anmeldelser | Mar 18, 2023 |



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