sweethearts coverAuthor: Sara Zarr

Number of Pages: 217

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 1, 2008

“As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another’s only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she’s lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she’s popular, happy, and dating, everything “Jennifer” couldn’t be—but she still can’t shake the memory of her long-lost friend.

When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.”

I picked up this book thinking that it would be an enjoyable and quick read. However, even though I whipped through it pretty quickly I did not find it as enjoyable as I had originally hoped I would. This is the first book I have read by Sarah Zarr, so I didn’t know what writing style she used or how she was as an author. I took a leap of faith and ultimately landed somewhere that was just meh. To say that this book was terrible or awful would be a major exaggeration, but so would saying that it was great or fantastic.

I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters in this book, especially Jennifer. It was so annoying how she kept lying and making the same mistakes over and over again even though she knew that the outcome would be bad. At first I was sort of sympathetic, but after a while it just got plain irritating. Another thing that bothered me was the ending. It seemed so abrupt and random, and it left me wondering what the whole point of the story was to begin with. This book could have easily been around three hundred pages had it had a decent and thoughtful ending. There was no need to chop it off at two hundred and call it a day. And the tragic and scarring moments that Cameron and Jennifer constantly refer to? I still don’t know what happened, or even if anything did happen. Some of the chapters were supposed to describe that “horrific” day, but they were more confusing than enlightening.

Despite all of its faults, I do think that the general idea behind the book was a good one. It had a lot of potential, but it just wasn’t executed as well as I had hoped it would be. I did like the mystery of figuring out Cameron’s past, and I thought that his relationship with Jennifer was really adorable. Overall, this book was simply okay.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) 3 out of 5 smileys. Purely for the creative idea for the story. There were some interesting parts, but for the most part it wasn’t a very enjoyable read.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: It wouldn’t be my first choice for a book suggestion, but I might recommend it to a friend if they had nothing else to read.




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