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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Zarr Narrator: Sara Zarr Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.

In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed---about God, about your family, about yourself---is transformed. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shauna | 2/19/2014

    " This was a well written book about some challenging and scary issues for a teenage girl: one parent's addiction and illness, the other's emotional withdrawal, and when a terrible community tragedy is added to the mix, Sam must deal with feelings of suspicion, trust, questions of faith, isolation, and independence. The story is fraught and intense, and I wish more communication between the characters could have happened, but that teenage reticence (not limited to the teenages here, by any means) is all part of the package. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mrs. Riding | 2/12/2014

    " I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook read by the author of this book. I enjoyed it so much that I had to continue listening, even when I wasn't in the car so in it came, a perfect listen during a snowy holiday. Ms. Zarr's writing captured the essence of the confusion of teen life in crisis. Although the story didn't end and they happily ever after, we knew that Sam was going to survive. Fifteen is a young age to be confronted with so much, but unfortunately that's life for many of our young folks. I appreciated how Sam chose to deal with her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy | 2/7/2014

    " There are not very many YA books that deal with religion, but this one deals with it honestly, a tragedy within the community causes the pastor's daughter to question her faith. This book moved slow, and it was not a happy book, both because of the mood within the community and the narrator's own struggle with depression. However, it was real, and I think sometimes teenagers need to be reminded that not everyone has the answers or that other people struggle with the big questions too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Miko O. | 2/2/2014

    " The reaffirmation of Sam's faith didn't work for me at the end. She was questioning through the whole book, and then all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, she's just sure that God exists, and that's enough for her. Even though all her concerns were never addressed. But then, I'm an agnostic. I'd probably recommend it to Christian teens who also like true crime? "

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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.