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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Zarr Narrator: Ariadne Meyers, Cassandra Morris Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by J | 2/20/2014

    " This read has all the marks of realism through it. I totally loved this book because I fell in love with the characters for their passion, strength, wisdom beyond years, and complexity. The story is given a real identity as a young girl is asked to make adult ethical choices regarding her future. Mandy probes into what happens to those young people that are not given the opportunity to have a slice of the "American Pie" because it has been taken away from them by the very ones that should love and protect them. I fell in love with Mandy because of her strength, discernment, and tenderness. She is a self-made woman that has been dealt a bad hand, but refuses to let it stop her from becoming the person she wants to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hollie | 2/18/2014

    " If you like Sarah Dessen, then try books by Sara Zarr. A good story of loss, finding oneself, and discovering what's important in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lonna Pierce | 2/11/2014

    " Fabulous story about a grief-stricken girl and her mom, who decides to adopt a baby after the accidental death of her husband.Mandy, the abused teen mom who wants to give up her child for adoption is complicated, too. Told from 2 teen perspectives. Wholly satisfying and moving story with believable characters going through life-changing events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dolores | 1/28/2014

    " Heartbreaking and uplifting, sweet and bittersweet, and for anyone who has lost a parent-a book that will speak to you. I lost my father at 17 and this book brought back so many emotions I thought I had long buried and forgotten. Zarr really nails it. Memorable characters and a beautiful story. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of How to Save a Life, What We Lost, Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.