This article first appeared on the examiner on August 11, 2010.
Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of three novels for young adults: "Story of a Girl" (National Book Award Finalist), "Sweethearts" (Cybil Award Finalist), and "Once Was Lost" (a Kirkus Best Book of 2009). Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain, and several anthologies. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, and online at her website.
Zarr’s first book “Story of a Girl” is about a young girl caught by her father in a compromising situation—losing her virginity. This could be called the Story of Many Girls. Aside from actually being caught in the act by your father, lots of young vulnerable girls have similar first time situations--ones filled with regret that they never truly get over. This novel is so realistic it's almost painful. Interspersed throughout the book is Deanna's own writing, her own Story of a Girl, a girl desperately trying to forget her past. It's not until she learns how to forgive can she truly forget--a lesson everyone in the family needs to learn. Click here for the full review or see East Greenbush YA Librarian Chrissie Morrison’s reviewhere.
“Sweethearts” (Goddess librarian review; YA Librarian Chrissie Morrison’s review )
“Once Was Lost”
You can find more information about Zarr at her website and follow her on twitter.
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