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How to Save a Life - Sara Zarr What amazes me about [b:How to Save a Life|10757806|How to Save a Life|Sara Zarr|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1337211222s/10757806.jpg|14982110] is that [a:Sara Zarr|19093|Sara Zarr|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1302718823p2/19093.jpg] somehow managed to write a book where pretty much every character is unlikeable yet somehow I ended up loving the book.Jill MacSweeney has never been what anyone would call nice. When her father was alive he would constantly tell her to "try a little tenderness." But she's gotten worse since her father has died and has managed to drive away all of her friends and her boyfriend. She also avoids talking to her mom about her feelings. Then her mother announces that she wants to adopt a baby. That would be bad enough, but the pregnant girl refuses to sign anything or have it be done officially. Jill is incredibly suspicious of this new girl.Mandy is 18 and pregnant, and is escaping her life in Omaha in order to live with Jill and her mom in Denver until the baby is born. She is happy with her new life and Jill's mom's much nicer way of living. But she is also suspicious that everything will be taken away from her if they know too much about her life or her unborn child's. She loves the mom but is scared of harsh Jill. Mandy is also constantly thinking about what matters to them is the baby, not her, and this life is not meant for her. Alternating between their point-of-views, this book is about the weeks before the birth of Mandy's child. The writing was great and I enjoyed watching the story unravel.